Blackjack is one of the most popular card games, probably thanks in part to the simplicity of the rules. One of the most ardent fans of the game was the diminutive general, Napoleon Bonaparte. He used to play plenty, especially after he was exiled in Elba.
Now, if you get really good at the game, you could trade in your skills for free rooms, food, and drinks for life. That’s right, inductees to the Blackjack Hall of Fame at the Barona Casino in San Diego get all of these perks in exchange for agreeing never to play at the casino’s tables!
And with that interesting titbit, let’s check out Blackjack by Platipus Gaming.
This is one of the simplest blackjack games around. What you see when you kick the game off is a table with the whole green felt effect, two decks of cards on either side of the dealer as well as his chips, and your station in front of you.
First things first – select your stake. Bet limits for this game start at €0.50 and go up to €20. Once that’s done, take your mouse and place it over your station to place your bet. Now you’ll see the “Deal” icon light up, so hit that, or select “Clear” if you’ve made a mistake.
Once the cards have been dealt, you’ll see options for “Insurance,” “Hit,” “Stand,” “x2 Double,” and “Split” if that’s applicable. It’s all standard stuff here – no frills or weird features to distract you; it’s purely about you and the dealer duking it out.
Thanks to the simplistic design, it’s really easy to read the cards and that’s true even if you’re playing on a mobile device. On a phone, the toggles are easy to adjust, and it’s just a joy to play, irrespective of whether you’re holding your phone vertically or horizontally.
The last thing I want to mention here is that the RTP for this game is… wait for it… a mind-bending 99.58%!
This game has no features. It’s just a purist’s version of blackjack without any distractions.
I played this game on a variety of devices and used different browsers. It worked seamlessly, except for one bug I picked when using Chrome. Here, when you click on the “i” button, the information loads for a split second and then disappears. This wasn’t the case on Safari, where it works just fine.
Other than that, it was 100% spot-on.
This is one of the most stripped-down versions of blackjack you’ll find, which makes it ideal for newbies. Hell, even those of us who’ve been around the block can appreciate the functional-yet-appealing design.
The lower bet limits also imply that this is a game more suited to newcomers and the casual player. Platipus’s Blackjack VIP has bet limits of €5 to €100 so that’s where hi-rollers should rather ply their trade.
Coming back to this game though, the RTP is something that just can’t be overlooked. I mean 99.58% – have you ever?
What I also like is that this version of blackjack works beautifully on a mobile phone, so if I wanted to play cards on the go, this would be my game of choice.
I’m a big fan of this one. Try it and see for yourself.
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