Vegas Strip Blackjack
Las Vegas is the home to Vegas Strip Blackjack, one of the most popular blackjack variations in the world.
This version uses four standard decks and keeps to the usual blackjack rules – more or less – which makes for some simple, enjoyable play.
The crisp graphics and bird’s eye view of the purple baize give an immersive feel to Vegas Strip Blackjack – as it should be. The card shoe is to the right, with your chips on the edge of the table in front of you and the betting boxes. It’s a lovely design (having enjoyed the Roulette from Switch Studios we’d expect nothing less).
You’ll get to grips with the interface in the blink of an eye, and that dealer has such a smooth, relaxing voice. It’s all very professional.
All in all, Microgaming and Switch Studios have produced a high-quality game with an authentic casino look and feel.
Vegas Strip Blackjack Game Play
Not everyone is a table-game expert, so here’s a quick refresher for those who are rusty, or just new to Blackjack.
This is a game where you face your opponent, the dealer, straight on, and the aim is to hold cards with a value closest to the number 21, without exceeding it, and going bust. You also want to get a higher number than the dealer to win the most chips. The name gives us a clue to the Las Vegas-style rules of the game: Vegas Strip Blackjack is played with four decks of cards.
Screenshot Vegas Strip
Numbered cards are worth their face value, while picture cards are worth 10 and an Ace is worth 11 or 1. The rule of thumb is in general, the dealer, your adversary, would hit on a hand with a value of 16 or less, but stand on a card of 17 upwards, as is the case here.
Depending on your hand, you stick (you’ve got a keeper), hit (get another card), double down (double your bet on the next unseen card- you can do this with two cards here) or split your hand into different hands of cards. This game gives you the chance to double down until you have an upper limit of four hands at play, that’s high for online blackjack.
You can also take an insurance bet if the dealer looks like she has a blackjack and these pay at a rate of 2 to 1 and Blackjack of 3 to 2.
To get cracking just choose your chips and push the “deal” button. I rather like the animated cards being dealt before my eyes.
Both you and the dealer will get your initial cards but note that the dealer will check his hand for Blackjack, i.e. if her first card is a ten or ace. Now this is highly advantageous as you have the chance to cut your losses by not splitting your hand or doubling down. Next, depending on your hand, just touch the double, split, stand or hit buttons at the bottom of the screen.
How very straightforward!
Game Rules Summary
– This is a hole card game
– Dealer peeks on 10 value cards and Aces
– Played with four regular decks
– Dealer stands on all 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double down after split
– Split three times to make four hands
– Aces can only be split once
– Only one card to split Aces
– A split Ace and a 10 counts as 21 and not Blackjack
– 10 value cards can be split even if they are different
Pros and Cons: Switch Studios Vegas Strip Blackjack
✅ A very well-designed blackjack variant that works well on mobiles and bigger screens.
✅ Vegas Strip rules are probably the most popular blackjack rules around.
✅ This variant has a high Return-to-Player (RTP).
❌ You can only play one hand at a time on this variant.
|Vegas Stripe Blackjack
|Play in Portrait & Landscape, Play Turbo (not UK), Left Hand Mode, Standard side bets: Double Down, Insurance, Split (split three times to make four hands).
|Las Vegas Strip Blackjack, Modern Tables
When does the Dealer Stand?
The Dealer stands on soft 17.
How many times can you split?
You can split up to three times and play four hands.
How many decks of cards does the dealer use?
Is this a fast variant?
Yes. If you like to play fast, this game has you covered. There is also a “Turbo Mode” in the settings (not available in the UK).
The Monkey Verdict
Microgaming and Switch Studios have played fair with Vegas Strip Blackjack, giving you a chance to enjoy a Las Vegas casino experience (with the same four-pack game and advantageous rules that you’ll find in Nevada). Up the ante and play now!
4.5 out of 5 Bananas
A great looking design for a popular blackjack classic. Well done, Switch Studios.