There are scores of different casino game software developers that have each brought out their own version of Single Deck Blackjack, so simply deciding that you want to play Single Deck Blackjack is not enough. You need to make sure that you choose a Single Deck Blackjack offering by a reputable developer.
One such respected developer is Amaya Gaming, whose slots and table games – including Single Deck Blackjack – are widely regarded as among the best in the world. Amaya’s Single Deck Blackjack offering has a slick, realistic look and feel, a very reasonable house edge, and is available at very large number of online casinos.
Amaya’s Look and Feel
One of the most important requirements when it comes to playing table games like roulette, poker or blackjack online is realism, which can be a lot harder to achieve here than in a slot game.
So Amaya has invested highly in the audio-visual experience players get when playing their Single Deck Blackjack. Not only does the game feature very lifelike graphics and realistic sound effects, it has a very chic and sophisticated overall feel too.
Single Deck Blackjack players are presented with a plush green felt-surfaced table, with polished dark-wood edges. The table layout is simple and clean, with three betting spaces in front of the player and the chips placed at the far end.
To the right of the chips is a plaque on which players can click to view the Single Deck Blackjack table limits, rules and payouts; to the left is the single stack of cards.
The “deal” button is clearly visible at the bottom of the screen, as is the space in which players select their chip sizes. Single Deck Blackjack players can also monitor their balance and wagers made at the bottom of the screen.
Rules, Payouts and Table Limits
Single Deck is played with one standard 52-card deck of playing cards, with players squaring off against the dealer. Each Single Deck real money blackjack player receives two cards. If either the player or the house is dealt a blackjack – an Ace and any card with a 10 value – the game is over and goes to whoever was dealt the blackjack.
If both the dealer and the player are dealt blackjacks, however, there is a push and all bets are returned. If neither receives a blackjack, the game carries on – for up to three hands, in the Amaya version – until either party either reaches or exceeds 21. If either side exceeds 21 at any point, they forfeit the game.
But these are just the basics. Beyond this, each developer’s version of Single Deck Blackjack will have its own rules, payouts and table limits. The table limits in the Amaya version range from 1.00 to 100.00 credits. With Single Deck Blackjack by Amaya, the rules are as follows:
- Dealer must draw to 16
- Dealer must stand on 17
- Double down on 9, 10 or 11
- No double down on splits
- No re-splits
- Split Aces, one extra card
- The deck is reshuffled after every round
Payouts in Amaya Single Deck Blackjack are as follows:
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Insurance pays 2:1
- Even money pays 1:1
Amaya’s Single Deck Blackjack House Edge
Every casino game has a house edge, which is the natural advantage that the casino has over the player. Single Deck Blackjack always has a lower house edge than other variants and, in Amaya’s case, it is a very reasonable 0.26%.