Vegas Downtown Gold is a Microgaming’s blackjack game released in two versions (both launched in 2006) – Vegas Downtown single deck and Vegas Downtown multi-deck played with two 52-card decks. Both variations feature a table with up to five separate hands and the same $1 - $200 tables limits.
After submitting the Ante and clicking on the Deal button, the dealer will draw two cards for the player and two for the house. The first dealer’s card will be facing up – if the up card is a ten, the dealer will peak for Blackjack. In case the second card is a 10-value card or an Ace, the bets will be immediately settled, and the round will be completed. Otherwise, the players will have the following options:
• Hit – draw an extra card; the option is limited to 11 cards, which will win automatically if the player does not bust
• Stand – if the players decide to Stand, no extra cards will be added to their hand. The dealer will reveal the hole card and the bets will be settled
• Double – raise the bet on any two cards and draw one more card
• Split – split cards with the same value (either with the same denomination any two 10-value cards, for example, a King and a Queen). Re-splitting is allowed until a total of four hands is achieved. Aces can be split just once and the number of cards that can be requested is, in this case, limited to one per split Ace.
• Insurance – a side bet triggered when the up card is an Ace; the players must wager 50% of the Ante and the bet wins if the dealer has a natural blackjack.
If both the dealer and the player have a blackjack hand, the round will be considered a tie and the Ante bet returned.
The RTP percentage of Vegas Downtown Gold Blackjack is 99.62% and bets are settled according to the standard rates:
Natural Blackjack – 3:2
Natural Blackjack on split hands – 1:1
Insurance – 2:1
Any other winning hand – 1:1
Vegas Downtown Gold Blackjack has a simple structure and the fixed strategic rules are fairly easy to follow:
• Hit on hard 8, soft 15 or lower-value hands
• Stand on hard 17 and soft 19 hands
• Stand on hard 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 hands if the up card is 2 - 6
• Double on 10 or 11 if the up card has a lower value - if not, hit
• Double on 9 if the up card is 2 – 6
• Double on soft 16, 17, and 18 if the up card is 2 - 6
• Split 2-2, 3-3, 6-6, 7-7, and 9-9s if the up card is 2 - 6
• Always split Aces and 8s
As a Las Vegas Downtown variant, Microgaming’s Gold edition gives the players the advantage of doubling on any two hands (even after splitting) and forming up to 4 hands thanks to re-splitting. At the same time, the variant is free from any side bets that could reduce the house edge, enabling the players to enjoy a clean and traditional game of blackjack.