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Perhaps the best known online gambling group that has no high street presence in Ireland or anywhere else for that matter is the 888 Group who have quite a complicated structure with 888 Holdings PLC owning Cassava Enterprises that in turn operate 888 Casino which is where the blackjack games can be found. Despite this structure 888 casino is a very reputable online casino being run under the regulations and licenses of Gibraltar which is where many of the online casinos are registered. The casino operates in 11 different languages across the world and help lines are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 888 casino was launched in 1997 and you can play a variety of casino games including roulette, baccarat, keno, craps, various video pokers and slots as well as a good selection of blackjack games including Vegas Strip Blackjack.

Blackjack at 888 casino has a variety of Blackjack games from classic to modern with side bets and multi-hand options so whether you play by luck or strategy there is a game for you. 888 Casino also claims one of the best payouts around for blackjack quoting the February 2011 figure of 97.9% which is pretty good in anybody’s language but as the rules are fixed we guess this must depend on the quality of the players. Table limits are posted on the table and there is sufficient range on most blackjack games to suit most budgets.

The blackjack line up starts with what 888 casino call classic blackjack and to start with you can play either on your own or with up to two other players if you select to play at a public table. Unlike some other online casinos 888 casino makes no differential between multihand blackjack and one hand blackjack, you can elect to play all three hands that are showing at a public or private table. The classic blackjack game at 888 blackjack uses four decks and dealer will stand on all 17s. As a blackjack player you can split on any pair but with split aces you can only draw one card and of course a split hand cannot get a blackjack as it counts only as 21. Double down is allowed on any two cards as in Atlantic City Blackjack but only one additional card will be dealt but double down after a split is allowed. The blackjack game at 888 casino is a nice rapid game as the players only get 30 seconds maximum before the deal to place their bets which helps keep things moving along especially at a public table where more players are playing. Classic blackjack is also available at live blackjack on the live casino with all the same rules but different stakes.

Some online casinos separate their side bet blackjack games and give them different names but 888 casino has combined all their side bet blackjack games into one and called it “Crazy Blackjack”
Crazy Blackjack has three different side bet options known as “safe bet”, “highest hand” and “777 Jackpot bet”. The safe bet is designed to protect you from weak hands and is placed if you think that your two cards dealt will be 12,13,14,15 or 16 with no ace and no pair; if you place this bet and win you get paid at odds of 3:2. The highest hand bet is a simple gamble for those playing two or three hands; you simply place a bet on what you think will be the highest two card hand. Playing two hands a correct bet will win at 1:1 or playing three hands it will win at 2:1. If on the other hand you place this bet and get dealt a blackjack the odds increase to 2:1 when playing two hands or 7:2 when playing three hands. The 777 Jackpot Bet is a high risk high reward bet and requires two sevens to be dealt and a third to be drawn to win but if it does win it pays out at 1500:1 or even better if it the three sevens are spades when it pays 30,000:1.
888 Casino has what appears to be a limited blackjack offering but for the serious blackjack player who is not interested in all the side bets it is a good place to be. As previously stated, 888 casino is a very well known and reputable online casino and has a very wide range of casino gambling opportunities apart from blackjack. In the casino slots section there are several games which carry jackpots and some of the progressive jackpots regularly reach into the millions of euro and if you want to try something a little different there is always the great dice game of craps or the sophisticated (only joking) games of Baccarat. Combine all this with Caribbean Stud poker and any number of Keno games and Video pokers and what is always going to be one of the best joining bonuses around and you can easily see that 888 casino is a good place to be for online casino action.