How to Play Premium Blackjack

Premium is a variant of online Blackjack that gives you a better chance of winning than in some other versions of the game, because only four decks are used. Play for real money or free!

Game Rules

Different to some other Blackjack games, only four 52-card decks are shuffled together and dealt at the start of each hand.

The Dealer does not receive a hole card. Dealer must hit on all totals of 16 or under and stand on all 17s (including soft 17, a hand featuring an ace that totals either seven or 17). Should you hit Blackjack you will be paid at 3:2 odds.

More betting options become available as the hand progresses. For instance, players can double down on any two-card hand. This means you can double your initial bet, so long as you are committed to ‘standing’ after receiving one additional card from the dealer.

Players can also split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. So if you are dealt eight-eight, two-two, king-jack, queen-ten, or other similar combinations, you can create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount. Here are some additional rules on splitting:

  • You may split twice for three hands in total
  • Aces may be re-split once and receive only one card on each split hand otherwise
  • You may double down on any two-card hand, including after a non-ace pair split.

Insurance and Surrender

Players are not allowed to ‘surrender’ in Premium. But if you think the dealer is about to hit Blackjack, you can buy ‘insurance’. This means should the dealer hit Blackjack, you’ll be paid 2:1 on your insurance bet.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Premium Blackjack is 99.67%.