Deal or No Deal Blackjack

Deal or No Deal is one of the most famous TV shows of all times that inspired a lot of casino games. And Blackjack is one of them. This successful franchise includes other games too, such as Deal or No Deal roulette. They all consist of a standard table game and a bonus feature related to the show, which makes the gameplay even more attractive and innovative.

Endemol Games and Open Bet are the developers of Deal or No Deal Blackjack (like the other titles in the franchise), and they made the transition almost perfect. The bonus features do not alienate the original table game, they implement it and make the whole gaming session more pleasant.

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The gameplay is easy even for novices. The interface is simple, colorful, and very informative. The bonus feature is always active unless you turn it off, which we don’t recommend. The ruleset is classic and contains no side bets. However, the bonus feature makes it very interesting and removes the need for a side bet. If you are a beginner, we can guarantee that you will love this gamble. If you are an expert, that’s fine too – enjoy the bonus features and start to make some profit, it is extremely easy.

There is no native mobile version available, but you can still play on mobile devices that support the Flash platform, both for free and real money; you can also switch between these versions. As always, we recommend starting with the free version and practicing as long as you can.

Rules & Basic Strategies

As a player, there are 3 basic goals you must know before playing:

  • Reach an entire of 21 points.
  • Reach a total higher than the croupier.
  • Do not exceed 21.

These 3 rules define the gameplay and what your betting options should be. Blackjack is based on a card comparing; you play against the dealer, compare cards at the end of each round, and win or lose based on your points. The rules apply to the croupier too; he is forced to specific things under certain conditions. For example, he must draw at 16 points and stand at 17. There are no restrictions for the player; you are never forced to do anything. The point system and card hierarchy are very simple. Face cards (king, queen, and jack) are worth 10 points. Aces are either 1 or 11. All other cards count as their face value. Sounds easy enough, so what makes this gamble complicated?

To be honest, the answer to this question is “nothing.” This is not a complicated game at all, and the beauty of it lies in its simplicity. At each round, you get 2 cards. Based on the total of these, you must consider your next move. Should you ask for more? What about the dealer? Even if you stand, he will continue to play. Maybe he scored 21? When you add the split and double down betting options into the mix, the process becomes very exciting. Still simple, but thrilling. That is also why it is widely played in all casinos.

The most basic strategy is to stand if you have 17. This rule applies to dealers for a reason, the probability of exceeding 21 is too high with this summary. To learn about advanced strategies and probability tables, keep reading. We will talk about them in detail below.

How to Play Deal or No Deal Blackjack Casino Game?

There are 3 circles at the bottom of the screen. These are your betting “holes.” You place your wager on top of these circles to start. It is possible to play with all of them at the same time, but we recommend starting with only one. Place your wager first – you do that by clicking the poker chips (located at the very bottom) first and onto the circle second. You can use the clear button to remove all the chips from the table at any time. Click more than once to increase your total wager. When you are happy with your bet, click the green “deal” button to start the round.

As we mentioned above, both sides will get 2 cards at the beginning, and your cards will be visible only to you. The dealer’s one will be face-down, and the other will be face-up (face-down one is called the hole card). The value of your hand will appear alongside your cards. The probability of getting a good utter at this point is:

  • 21: % 1.19
  • 20: % 10.45
  • 19: % 5.9
  • 18: % 6.49
  • 17: % 7.1

These are the totals you should choose to stand. If it is lower than 17, you have 2 options:

  • Hit: Click the same-named button to use this option. It means that you ask for one more card. You can take as many cards as you want, just don’t exceed 21.
  • Stand: If you have a total of 16 or less, don’t use this option. It means you are confident of your hand and no more cards are needed.

Before making a choice, you should consider the croupier’s hand too – if the face-up card is an Ace or a 10, it is a very high possibility that the croupier has a blackjack. In this case, you can choose one of these 2 options:

  • Insurance: Insurance is betting on the dealer’s hand, whether it is a blackjack or not. It is a side bet; if the dealer has a blackjack, you get half of your wager back. If not, you lose all of your bet, including the insurance. Taking the insurance is never recommended.
  • Surrender: Surrendering means you think that dealer has the upper hand, so you forfeit the round. In this case, you get half of your starting bet back. Use surrender if you are unconfident of your hand.

Speaking of options, you have 2 more betting options available after the first initial dealing:

  • Split: If the first 2 cards are of the same value, you can split them and treat as independent hands. The dealer draws another card for each, and you can place a different wager for the split hand.
  • Double-Down: Use it only if you have 19 points or higher. Doubling down means you double your starting wager, ask for one more card and end the round. Immediately after getting the 3rd card, the round ends, and the hands get compared.

So what you get in return for these options? What is the paytable?

Hand Total / Bet Type

Payout

Blackjack

3 to 2

Insurance

2 to 1

All other hands

1 to 1

Advanced Strategies

To know how to apply advanced strategies, you need to know about specific odds and probabilities. Refer to these tables for both:

Probabilities Based on Dealer’s Hand

Dealer’s face-up card

Chances that the dealer will exceed 21 with this total

Ace

% 0

10

% 61

9

% 53.9

8

% 46.8

7

%38.5

6

% 38.5

5 or less

% 0

 Course of Action Based on Your Hand

Hand

Best Action

1/5/10, 1/7/8, 2/5/9, 2/7/7, 3/4/9, 3/5/8, 4/4/8,  4/5/7, 5/5/6

Stand

1/6/9, 2/4/0, 2/6/8, 3/3/10, 3/6/7, 4/6/6

Hit

Bonus Feature Is Always Active

The bonus feature is always active and doesn’t require any extra bets. After every initial dealing, you will get an offer from the banker. The offer will be a certain amount of cash, based on the total of your points. For example, you can get an offer worth 1.000 coins if you have 19 points or higher. If you choose to accept, the round ends and you get the offered prize. It is possible to reject and continue to play too.

You will get this offer no matter how much you got. You can win a prize, in other words, anytime. Losing is almost impossible, and this is what separates this game from the rest. If you have a bad hand, just take the offer and don’t lose any money. Because of this, never use insurance or surrender options in this game, always accept the offer.

It is possible to turn off the feature from the options menu, but we don’t recommend it. You get almost too good offers, and all you need to do is click the “no” button if you don’t want to accept.

Deal or No Deal Blackjack Minimum & Maximum Wagers

The numerical values of the poker chips are in between 0.01 and 500.00. 500 coins are the maximum bet you can place, and you need to bet at least 1.00 coin to be able to enter the game. The highest payout is 1.500 coins. 

For the demo version, you get a complementary balance of 1.000 coins. They are more than enough for hours of free and casual gameplay. At any point, you can switch and start to play with the real money version. Although, practicing as long as you can is always recommended. No download or no registration are required.