There are not many table games with progressive jackpots and Triple Sevens Blackjack by Microgaming is among the few ones available online. To win the constantly increasing jackpot, players simply need to get a hand of three Sevens.
This progressive blackjack game retains all the features of traditional blackjack and combines them with a type of jackpot that usually can be found in online slots. With the exception of this exciting addition, the game is fairly standard, following the typical rules of blackjack.
Rules and Gameplay
Microgaming’s Triple Sevens Blackjack uses a five-deck shoe and the cards are shuffled before each round. The game starts with players making bets – not only the regular bet for the game but also the mandatory side bet that unlocks the progressive jackpot. Once players receive the first two cards, they can Stand or Hit. Doubling down is allowed only on hands totaling 9, 10, or 11.
Another option is to Split the first two cards into two identical hands if these cards are the same. In this game, only one Split is allowed and Doubling cannot be done after a Split. Players can re-hit split Aces. In addition, they can buy Insurance at the start of the round – it pays 2:1. Blackjack pays 3:1 and the regular win against the dealer pays evenly. Another rule to remember is that the dealer is required to Stand on all 17s.
The most distinctive and interesting thing about this variation of blackjack is, of course, the progressive blackjack. Each round qualifies for it since the side bet is not optional as it is in many other progressive games. Here, the side bet is fixed at $1. Another great thing about this particular game is that it rewards extra prizes for getting any number of 7s in your hand. If the first card dealt to the player is a 7, he or she receives $5. If the next card is also a 7, the bonus payout rises to $25. Here is the full Triple Sevens Blackjack payout:
- One 7 – $5
- Two 7s of any suit – $25
- Two 7s of the same suit – $50
- Three 7s – $250
- Three 7s of the same suit – $1,000
- Three 7s of Diamonds – Progressive Jackpot
Players should keep in mind that no bonus payout is given to split 7s. The expected return of the game varies dramatically, depending on the size of the progressive jackpot. At its starting point, the house edge on the side bet is huge at 37.94% but once the jackpot reaches $109,862, its break-even value, the side bet has a positive expectation.