American Blackjack by Arrow’s Edge is a 6-deck, multi-hand variant dealt according to the American land-based casino rules. After submitting and confirming the Ante bet, the players will receive two cards facing up while the dealer’s second card will be facing down - up until the players draw their first move. The so-called up card is a crucial element of blackjack strategy, and many players use it as a guideline.
American Blackjack players can bet on up to 3 hands at the same time, wagering from $1 to $200 per hand. The session starts when the players select the “Deal” option, which prompts the virtual dealer to draw the cards from the shoe.
With the cards on the table, the players can select one of the following options:
• Hit – requesting an extra card for as many times as you want until you bust or decide to Stand
• Stand – by clicking in this option, the players decline any extra cards and challenge the dealer with the existing hand
• Double – raising the bet and drawing one more card from the shoe.
• Split – splitting a pair of cards and playing them as two separate hands. Arrow’s Edge Blackjack does not allow re-splitting, nor it is allowed to hit more than one card per each split Ace. Doubling the bet is permitted on any two cards, even after a split (except on split Aces)
• Insurance – add 50% of the Ante bet and wager on the possibility that the dealer has a Blackjack hand.
Dealer hits on soft 17 and peeks for Blackjack; if both the dealer and the player have the same totals, the hand will be resolved as a tie and the bets will be returned to the player.
The RTP value of Arrow’s Edge Blackjack is estimated at 99.28% and the developer employs the standard payout table:
Natural Blackjack – 3:2
Insurance – 2:1
Non-Blackjack winning hand – 1:1
As already mentioned, one of the major advantages of American Blackjack is the up card, which gives the players’ an insight into the dealer’s hand and helps them decide on their next move. According to the optimal blackjack strategy, if the up card is 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 up the players should always:
• Double on 9
• Stand on hard 12 – 16
• Double on soft 16 – 18
• Split 2s, 3s, 6s, 7s, and 9s
The following principles are not dependent on the dealer’s up card:
• Hit on soft 15, hard 8 or less
• Stand in hard 17, soft 19 or more
• Split 8s and Aces
Arrow’s Edge Blackjack is a simple and easy-to-use platform that has limited customization options, although still sufficient to provide the players with a smooth gameplay experience. The house edge is relatively low – this is definitely not one of the highest RTP variants on the market – but there are no side bets that would reduce the RTP and the players can double on any hand, without the restrictions.