Thanks to the internet, the game of blackjack has been transported from traditional casinos to the exciting world of online gambling. It is only natural that software companies try everything to get you try their products, and one way to do so (besides producing excellent software!) is to create blackjack games with a twist. One of these exciting variants is progressive blackjack.
The main difference between traditional (or ‘classic’) blackjack and progressive blackjack is that you have the option of making a side bet of $1 before the game starts. This side bet essentially allows you to take part in additional payouts during the course of the game. If you opt not to take this bet, you will not be eligible for the progressive payouts.
The rest of progressive blackjack generally takes on the same rules as traditional blackjack. You and the dealer are dealt two cards each, with the objective of the game being to accumulate cards that add up to 21, without going over 21. Whoever (between the player and the dealer) manage to get closer to the number, wins the game. If your hand total is nearer to 21, you win, but if the dealer gets closest, he or she wins. If there is a tie, your money is returned in what is known as a push. If both you and the dealer go bust, you still lose.
In progressive blackjack, number cards are worth their stated value and their suits are of no importance to the game. The Ace is valued at 1 or 11 and the royals (ie. jacks, queens and kings) are worth 10.
In progressive blackjack, the dealer uses eight decks of 52 cards each. These decks are reshuffled after each hand is dealt. There are certain rules pertaining to progressive blackjack, such as the fact that the dealer has to stand on all 17s. Doubling after splitting is allowed, although no re-splitting of cards is allowed in progressive blackjack. Only one additional card is allowed on each ace if a pair of aces is split in the game. There is no surrender rule in this type of blackjack.