For starters, the rapidly expanding Playtech brand is making a bold bet with this game.
Specifically, they’re trying to introduce a bonus round into live casino blackjack. This isn’t a new idea, exactly, but it is without a doubt the best effort we’ve seen towards putting this innovation into practice.
It is remarkably difficult to improve upon casino blackjack. Not only is it one of the most popular table games in the world, it also boasts one of the lowest house edge’s in the entire industry…
…which is why the main game RTP for this release comes in so handsomely at 99.55%!
That would be unthinkably high for, say, a slot release, and indeed, it does require players to use sound strategy in their decisions. Even small deviations from optimal gaming practices result in instant increases in the house edge, to the detriment of players’ bankrolls.
But that demonstrates exactly why it’s so difficult to make meaningful additions to blackjack play. Just about any new idea will lower overall RTP, which will discourage savvy players from taking part.
(This is exactly why we routinely advice our readers to ignore side bets entirely… the house edge is almost comically higher for them than it is for the main game.)
Playtech makes a strong case for a middle way. For the base game, they retain the outstanding RTP mentioned above. For the multiplier bonus game, there is a small decrease in overall player advantage, but the RTP is still quite favorable at 97.47%.
Is there a drop-off there? Of course! But it’s not so severe as to discourage fans of the game to spend their time and bankroll here.
And of course, that’s not where the fun stops here!