Reviewers of Casinoz have tested dozens of different versions of blackjack from all leading and many less famous manufacturers of online gambling software. Among these models there were a lot of games with unusual rules, but perhaps only a few of them could be compared to Players' Choice Blackjack offered by developers of 1x2 Gaming. What are the differences of this model from traditional versions? You may find out this in our article.
Players' Choice is a unique version of online blackjack
in which it is necessary to beat the dealer by collecting a higher score. It is prohibited to exceed 21.
It is allowed to play only one hand. Users can bet from ten cents to two hundred dollars (the betting range varies at different casinos.)
Eight standard 52-card decks are used in this game. Jokers are not used. The application automatically shuffles the cards before each deal, so that there is no need to pay attention to a stack of cards placed in the discard tray.
The gameplay is not similar to classic versions of blackjack. The customer makes a bet and sees five pairs of cards lying on specific sectors face down. He or she will choose cards out of them. First of all, it is necessary to randomly select the first pair. After that, the dealer reveals the top card.
If it is suitable for the player, he or she can keep this pair. If the card seems to have too low rank, the user may choose another pile. It is allowed to select cards once for free.
Having chosen his cards, the user should select another pair randomly. It will belong to the dealer. In this case, only one attempt is provided. Only one dealer's card will be placed face up. Pairs of cards that have not been selected by the player are put in a discard tray.
Then the player will be able to see both his cards and have to decide what to do with them. This version offers only hitting among all the options that are available in the traditional blackjack. When the customer collects enough points, he should stand. After that, the dealer enters the gameplay.
The croupier hits until he collects a 17. Then he stands (provided that none of the participants busts) and the comparison of the dealer's and player's hands occurs. If the client wins, his bet is paid 1:1. The payout for blackjack is calculated according to the 1:1 ratio. If the scores are equal, both the dealer and the player lose a half bet.
Such traditional features as double, surrender, split, and even money are not provided.
If you play Players' Choice Blackjack in accordance with the optimal strategy, it is possible to rise the theoretical payout percentage to 98.37%.
You can bet only on one hand
You should choose one pair of cards for yourself and the dealer
The rules of the game are unusual, but pretty simple
This model offers neither bonus rounds nor bonus payouts.
Players' Choice Blackjack does not provide progressive jackpots.
It makes sense to briefly describe the meaning of inscriptions that can be seen in the interface of blackjack. Keep in mind that many functional buttons appear only in situations in which they can be used.
- Stake is a field for betting
- Choice is a field for pairs of cards
- Deal is used to deal cards
- Clear Chips allows removing chips from the field
- Select a Hand allows offering to select a pair of cards
- Keep is used to hold the selected cards
- Discard is used to discard a card and replace it by the new one
- Select Dealer Hand allows selecting cards for the dealer
- Hit is used to take another card
- Stand is used to stop hitting cards
- Stake shows the bet per round
- Min/Max show the betting limits
- History is a window that shows the history (available in real time only)
- Options shows settings
- Info is a section with data on the game
To select the bet size, gamblers may use the chips whose values are 0.10, 0.50, 1, 5, 10, and 25 credits. You need to click on one of them with the mouse and place it on the appropriate field.
Gamblers will find the detailed description of rules, step-by-step instructions concerning all stages of the game, and general information about the model in the section Help.
Options allow adjusting graphics quality and turning off the sound.
Users may play Players' Choice Blackjack directly in the browser without downloading and installing software.
As you can see, it's a really unusual gambling game that may be appreciated by fans of non-trivial variations of blackjack. It should be noted that it has such advantages as cool graphics, realistic animation, user-friendly interface, options, statistics, the opportunity to make various changes to settings, and high functionality. We hope that you will enjoy this novelty.
The theoretical payout percentage of this model is not very high compared with those that can be found in blackjack, it is quite good for online versions. We are going to prepare an article with recommendations on the strategy for our readers.
Where to play for free or real money?
Reviewers of the portal Casinoz tested Players' Choice Blackjack at the famous Mr. Green Online Casino, where its free version is available without registration. It is also possible to play it for real bets there but only after opening and funding an account.
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