Playtech Live Quantum Blackjack Plus is the new enhanced version of their game-changing Quantum Blackjack with multipliers.
Quantum Blackjack Plus is a refined version of the original card game, with some subtle and pleasing changes that make the game a little more playable.
The one rule change that makes Quantum Blackjack possible is still there. A three-card dealer bust is a Push against a player’s hand win.
Other features of the game include, a maximum multiplier of 50x is now possible.
The number of multipliers for each hand has been increased to either 3 cards or 5 cards, giving more opportunities to pick up a multiplier.
In this review, I’ll explain how to play, point out the differences from standard blackjack, and talk about the best strategy for playing Quantum Blackjack.
There’s are a few other impacts in the way multipliers are applied to specific hands and I’ll cover those further down in the review.
If you’ve played Blackjack before you’ll have no problems.
Playtech Live Dealer Quantum Blackjack Plus is a cracking game if you want an additional edge when playing.
My Video Review also explains the game rules as I demonstrate how to play.
Live Quantum Blackjack Plus offers players a chance to get a payout of up to 50x on a winning hand of Blackjack.
It’s more likely the multiplier will be 2.5 – 10x, but the opportunity is there to get more, by having multiple multipliers in the same hand.
When this occurs each of the multipliers are combined to give a final multiplier.
Prior to a game round beginning, either 3 cards or 5 cards in the dealing shoe are selected by a Random Number Generator (RNG) to be the multiplier cards for that game round. One multiplier value of either x2.5, x3, x5 or x10 is assigned to all of the cards.
During the game round, if the player hand is dealt a card with one or more of the multipliers, the winning payout amount will be multiplied by the cumulative total of the multipliers.
Things to note:
The game round is played exactly the same as a normal hand of Blackjack, the only rule difference is the dealer pushes when he busts with 3 cards.
The overall RTP for Quantum Blackjack Plus is published as 99.57%, which includes the multipliers in the calculation.
However, it doesn’t feel that way when you’re playing. Normally when you’re getting wins your bank balance goes up
In Quantum Blackjack Plus a lot of previous wins are now pushed. So while you get your stake back, you have to wait for a dealer bust with 4 cards or more, or you have to win outright to get a payout. Over the long term, it works out, as the RTP tells us it does.
But, and this is a big BUT, if you’re playing side bets and not winning, your bank balance will go down much more quickly than you realise. Unless you get a multiplier hit to compensate. It’s a fine balancing act.
You should still play using the Blackjack Basic Strategy. The playing rules haven’t changed, only the payout for a 3 card dealer bust.
It’s not a player win anymore it’s a Push.
How you play to get to that point hasn’t changed, so my advice is to still use Basic Strategy.
However, no doubt having an active multiplier in your hand can influence the way you play. Do you want to chance drawing a card on 16 and busting out? or do you want to stand and let the dealer bust out. It’s a difficult call.
Whatever you do, be consistent. If you chop and change you’ll never know what’s right for you.
The maths says follow basic strategy, however much that hurts sometimes!
If you prefer to see the game in action and hear what I’ve got to say about it watch my video review below.
It’s only a few minutes and I cover all of the things you need to know when playing this new live dealer blackjack game.
Quantum Blackjack Plus differs in three ways from normal Blackjack:
There’s 2 optional Side bets that can be played alongside the main hand.
The results of these bets are not tied to the main hand bet. These pay if they win, regardless of what happens with the main hand.
The bets can only be made if the main hand bet has been played first.
Perfect Pairs – The player’s initial 2 cards dealt need to form a pair. When that happens the payout is made.
21+3 – This bet combines the players first two cards and the dealers first card. They need to form a valid 3 card poker hand to win. Out of the side bets this is my favourite and the one I play most often.
Unlike other live blackjack games, Quantum Blackjack has a set of statistics that show the outcome of previous hands.
As a set of statistics, they are interesting, but not that relevant in helping to predict future outcomes, as the 6 card deck are reshuffled before each new hand.
Two statistics stand out:
My advice is to use what you see with a pinch of salt. Follow basic strategy as that is your friend.
Live Dealer Quantum Blackjack Plus can be played on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet.
The playing interface is intuitive, so knows when you’re in portrait or landscape mode and flips its orientation automatically as you move your device around.
The desktop only has one viewing mode, which is fine.
When I first started playing the thought of getting the multipliers excited me.
I got a couple in the first few hands I played, which helped introduce me to the game.
However there are times when the multipliers just don’t get dealt, so you need to have patience and treat your playing time as any other game of Blackjack.
When the multipliers are not hitting, you’ll notice your bank balance isn’t increasing as fast as it would with standard Blackjack.
The dealer pushing on a 3 card bust makes a huge difference to normal gameplay. It’s offset by the multipliers, but if they aren’t dropping during your playing session, it could result in you busting out a lot quicker.
Be careful if you’re also playing the side bets alongside, as they can also be a drain on your balance if you don’t hit one or two occasionally.
As for the multipliers, they hit now and again. A 10x is nice and if you can win with a couple in your hand you’ll be laughing.
I think this is going to be a hit. It offers something different for other games of Blackjack and may entice players who like the bigger payouts you get in Slot type games. It’s familiar enough though for existing Blackjack players to want to give it a try.