Best Progressive Blackjack Games
Progressive blackjack games are sadly not as varied as their roulette or slot counterparts, but there are still some pretty exciting titles out there. We’ve trawled through the internet to find the best progressive jackpots provided by the best software developers working today. Let’s have a look at our top choices:
Progressive Blackjack by Playtech
Playtech’s progressive blackjack game is a real standout. Packed with great visuals, exciting gameplay and an average progressive jackpot of £135,000, Playtech has a lot to offer.
Playing from six standard decks, players can double down on any two-card total, split any air of identically ranked cards and even double down after a split. Re-splitting is not permitted, however. In order to qualify for a progressive jackpot, real-money players need only place a £1 side bet. Your side bet is successful if you are dealt one more Aces and you can see the various payouts permitted by Playtech below:
- One Ace pays 5x the initial bet
- Two unsuited Aces pay 50x the initial bet
- Two suited Aces pay 100x the initial bet
- Three unsuited Aces pay 250x the initial bet
- Four unsuited Ace pay 2,500x theinitial bet
- Three suited Aces pay 5,000x the initial bet
- Four suited Aces award the full progressive jackpot
These payouts are only awarded if any of your Aces are dealt, however. It should also be mentioned that the chances of you being dealt 4 suited Aces in a six-deck game are tiny – 1 in 64.5 million to be exact. Nonetheless, when the jackpot exceeds £463,000 then your side bet begins to offer a positive expectation.
Progressive Triple Blackjack Sevens by Microgaming
It’s Microgaming’s experience that separates them from the rest when it comes to game development. Claiming to have created the world’s first online casino software way back in 1994, it should come as no surprise that they were also the first to introduce a progressive blackjack game.
Progressive Triple Sevens Blackjack is a five deck game where the dealer has to stand on a soft 17, you can split only once and double down on initial totals of 9 through 11. The key difference between them and Playrech, however, is that you can’t split after doubling down.
As is standard, a small initial bet of £1 is all that’s needed to qualify for the jackpot which will be awarded after being dealt a combination of sevens. The various combinations are:
- Any 7 awards £5
- Two unsuited 7s awards £25
- Two suited 7s award £50
- Three consecutive unsuited 7s returns a payout of £250
- Three 7s of spades, clubs or hearts awards £1,000
- Three 7s of diamonds awards the full progressive jackpot.
Because of the nature of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot, you will have to deviate from the basic blackjack strategy of splitting a pair of 7s. But this is a small price to pay when you consider that the average win is £58,000. Your side bet also gives a positive expectation whenever the jackpot exceeds £86,000.
Progressive Blackjack by WGS Technology
WGS Technology (formerly Vegas Technology) makes up for it’s smaller size compared to Microgaming and Playtech by providing a demo version of their progressive blackjack game. Players will be able to try out the game in certain online casinos before deciding to invest fully. WGS’s progressive blackjack game is also incredibly playable, laden with lush visuals that create a truly immersive experience.
The game uses 4 standard decks and the qualifying bet is £1. Much like Playtech’s game, the jackpot is triggered when you are dealt a combination of Aces. The various combinations are:
- Two unsuited Aces pay out £25
- Two suited Aces pay out £50
- Three unsuited Aces pay out £250
- Three suited Aces pay out £2,500
- Four unsuited Aces pay out 10% of the progressive prize
- Four suited Aces pay out the full progressive jackpot
It goes without saying that this progressive jackpot, as well as all the others mentioned above, are optional and have no bearing on whether you just want to play standard blackjack. Should you make a side bet, however, you can expect it to give a positive expectation when the pot reaches £227,000.