Common Draw Blackjack NetEnt
Common Draw Blackjack is a unique take on the classic blackjack offered by Net Entertainment, a leading producer of video slots and other gaming solutions for online casinos. This is a multi-player, single-seat game played on a dedicated table, with the croupier dealing the same cards for all players seated at the table. This unique approach saves time and speeds up the gameplay since the players do not have to wait until other players make a decision. The table features a single betting spot and you cannot see the other player’s actions (Hit, Stand, Double Down, etc.).
To the right and left of the video feed screen, there are two information windows; one of them displays the dealer’s name, the minimum and maximum table limits, your bet on the current round, and your total balance. Another window shows the dealer’s last ten hands, the outcome of the last ten rounds and the percentage results of the latest round for all players. The decisions of other players regarding the game are not visible but the diagram in the right window titled “Actions in Current Hand” shows how all the users have played in the current round.
The Game Settings button allows to adjust audio/video settings, turn on/off background music and sound effects, and change the video quality making it Low, Medium or High. If you have a proper Internet connection, you may try to switch to a full-screen mode and enjoy the gaming action in a real HD quality. There is a chat box to the right, which you may use to get in touch with the croupier and fellow players. The chat box can be hidden from view in the Settings window.
The game is friendly to mobile users who can play it on Android and iOS-based devices without any issues whatever.
Basic blackjack rules
Though unique in the gameplay format, Common Draw Blackjack uses basically the same rules as other classic blackjack variations.
- the game is played with six 52-card decks;
- blackjack pays 3:2;
- dealer must draw to 16 and stand on all 17’s;
- doubling down is allowed on the first two cards with a total value of 9, 10 or 11 (valid for soft hands only);
- splitting of any first two cards is allowed. You may hit as many times as you want after split, except for when you split Aces and receive one additional card to each new hand. Both the new hands with split Aces must stand.
Insurance and Even Money
If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, then the dealer might have blackjack if his/her second card is 10, Jack, Queen or King, and this means that you will lose the round unless you have blackjack as well. If this is the case, you are offered to buy insurance that will cost 50% of your initial bet. The insurance will pay 2:1 if the dealer’s hand is blackjack.
If the dealer has an Ace and you have blackjack, you are offered to take Even Money without waiting for the dealer to open his/her face-down card. The Even Money pays out 1:1. The point is that if both you and the dealer have blackjack, this is called a push and you get back your original bet, whereas taking Even Money, you have a push but receive the amount that is twice as big as your original wager.