In Sweden, there are only four land based casinos, located in some of Sweden’s major cities: Stockholm, Goteborg, Malmo and Sundsvall. All of them are called Casino Cosmopol, owned by Svenska Spel, a state- run monopoly. Svenska Spel is government run and make up for 50% of the gambling market in Sweden. Here players can find a vast selection of gaming options. These casino offer classic slots such as Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Holdem Poker and a number of slots. Players can also enjoy games such as Punto Banco and Sic Bo. They also offer regular local and national poker tournaments. These games will surely keep all those who visit entertained for hours at a time.
The following are the rules of Swedish Blackjack, the rules that are different are discussed below.
Blackjack is a banking game. That means, that players don’t play against each other. Instead, they play against the dealer at the Blackjack table. The main goal of blackjack is to get as 21 as possible. If you would like to learn more about card values we suggest you visit our guide – How Blackjack works? This guide will provide you with all the information you might need about the card values.
The Double: If a player, playing the Swedish variant, on his/ her first two cards have 7,8,9,10 or 11 has a big chance to win. S/he can double the bet, get one more card and then have to stop. If a player doubles on 9/19 or get a 2 it adds up to 11.
The Split: If a players first two cards has the same value, s/he can double the bets and split these and then play two separate hands. The Split is allowed a number of times. Once a player splits two aces, s/he only gets one more card on each. If s/he then gets one more card on each, it’s 21, not blackjack!
Insurance and even money: Once the player realises that the dealer’s first card is an ace, then the player can insure himself/ herself in case the dealer gets a blackjack. The insurance pays twice the amount of the insurance bet. But there is an exception! If a player has blackjack and the dealer gets an ace as his/her side the player is given ‘even money.’ This means that the player gets his money paid out immediately but only 1:1, not the usual 3:2.
Over/ Under 13: The player can bet if the first two cards are over or under 13. The table must be provided with special boxes in this case. At 13 the bank wins, ace is counted as 1, dressed cards as 10 and the other cards as normal.
Some casinos, allow the bank to draw 7/17. This means that the bank has a higher chance of winning. In the majority of international casinos it’s a stand still at 17, 18 and 19 too.
Blackjack variations don’t try to reinvent the wheel, but they hope to give it a distinctive twist. While some are really clever and fun to play, others seem far- fetched in an effort just to be different.