What are the unique side rules for Multi Hand Blackjack?

Multi Hand Blackjack is a traditional version of Blackjack available at certain real-money regulated online casinos in New Jersey. The specific rules are:

  • Blackjack pays out 3:2
  • Insurance pays 2:1
  • Dealer must stand on soft 17
  • Doubling down is only allowed on a hand with a hard 9-11
  • Player can split any matching value hand
  • Player may not double-down on a split hand
  • Split hands cannot be re-split
  • Split aces may be hit
  • The game is played with the European No-hole Card Rule, no peeking for Blackjack
  • Player may play up to five hands at once
  • There is no surrender option

The game has moderate stakes, with bets ranging from $1-$1,000 per hand, or a maximum of $5,000 per round. Multi Hand Blackjack is played with a very unusual five-deck shoe, continuously shuffled between each hand.

What is the edge for the house?

Multi Hand Blackjack has a return percentage of 99.28 percent with ideal play. This is among the worst returns for any NJ regulated online casino.

What advantages are there for the player in Multi Hand Blackjack?

There are not many that make much of a difference: the somewhat smaller-than average shoe helps as does the ability to hit split Aces. These fail to make up for the lack of American Hole Card peeking and the restrictions on doubling down. The ability to play five hands would have been an advantage if the other side rules were more generous.

Where can I play this Blackjack?

Multi Hand Blackjack is available for real-money play in New Jersey at Virgin Casino and Tropicana Casino. It has the worst returns of any Blackjack variant at those sites, in fact is the only below-average offering there.

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How is the software for Multi Hand Blackjack?

Lackluster but adequate. Tropicana/Virgin Blackjack games are reliable and play quickly, but want for polished options such as graphic/sound settings and dealer voice or smart gameplay features. Visuals are spartan and game controls are simple.

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Learn more about NJ online Blackjack variants

These are all the versions of Blackjack available at NJ online casinos: