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Six-deck games with surrender have a house-edge of .54-percent and the when surrender is not allowed the house-edge is .63-percent.Online blackjack can be great entertainment whether you are playing for real money, or just for fun. The games offer terrific odds and a wide variety of blackjack versions like Spanish 21 and Pontoon. The best odds are offered on single-deck games, but they are hard to find. Some sites fail to mention anywhere in their rules just how many decks are in use, but you can assume that the average game is playing to a virtual shoe of six decks.

Unfortunately, most games are designed so that a single hand is played using a Random Number Generator and then when a new hand starts it is from a complete set (virtual) of six decks. In other words, every hand is the first hand of the shoe. That’s alright. You can’t count cards, but you can still have fun. If you want a real shoe game you can always play online with a Live Dealer game!

Although there are more than a dozen fairly popular software developers that supply blackjack games to online casinos. The bulk of the games are played with Realtime Gaming (RTG), Playtech, Microgaming, and Cryptologic software. Bodog is one of the largest online casinos, so their software is also important to compare. Surrender is only offered where noted.

Although some sites offer single-deck games, your play will not count towards clearing an online bonus.

Bodog – Bovada

The single-deck game at Bodog-Bovada has the lowest house edge you will find anywhere, a tiny .19-percent (that’s less than 2/10th of a single percent).

Play Rules:

Dealer hits soft 17
Double-down on any two cards
Double after a split
Split pairs only once
No re-split of aces

Multi-deck games allow split pairs up to three hands. Double-deck house edge is .46-percent and the six-deck game has a house edge of .56-percent.

Cryptologic

This software giant offers several different games. On each standard blackjack game the player is free to double-down on any two cards and there is no re-split of aces.

Single Deck: Dealer hits soft 17, no double down after a split, late surrender offered. House edge is just .21-percent.
Euro Double-Deck: Dealer does not peek for blackjack. Dealer stands on soft 17, double-down after a split. House edge is .34-percent
Vegas Four-Deck: Dealer stands on soft 17, double-down after a split. House edge is .34-percent
Atlantic City Eight-Deck: Dealer stands on soft 17, double-down after split. House edge is .49-percent.

Microgaming

Microgaming has been around for a long time and you’ll find a dozen different blackjack games with only slightly different rules (Downtown Vegas, European, Atlantic City etc.). Some restrict double-downs to 9, 10 and 11. Some hit a dealer soft 17 and others stand. Overall the house edge is between .31 and .53-percent. All good games.

The single-deck Vegas game is best: Dealer hits soft 17, double-down on 9, 10 and 11, no double-down after a split and no re-split of aces.

Playtech

Playtech is one of the largest software providers. They don’t have the variety of standard games that some other software providers do, but they have a wide variety of blackjack variants, like Pontoon and Progressive Blackjack.

Blackjack Switch is a six-deck game with a house edge of just .14-percent for perfect play. For standard blackjack, the best game is Blackjack Surrender with six-decks and a house edge of .35-percent. The game offers surrender, dealer stands on soft 17, no double-down after split, no re-split of aces, but player may double-down on any two cards.

Realtime Gaming

Online casinos that use Realtime Gaming can configure some aspects of their blackjack games, so you’ll have to research each site’s games individually, although you can expect some rules to be standard.

Play Rules:

Six-decks
Dealer hits soft 17
Double-down on any two cards
Double-down after a split
Split up to three hands
No re-split of aces

The best game offered is double-deck with surrender, which has a house edge of .34-percent. When no offered, the game has a slightly higher house-edge of .40-percent.

Double-deck games with surrender have a house-edge of .49-percent. With no surrender the house edge is .58-percent.

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