European Blackjack at PokerStars Casino

Widely regarded as one of the most popular Blackjack games, European Blackjack is just one of a number of Blackjack variations available at PokerStars Casino. Join the action with starting bets from just $1 on Single Player and Multi-Player tables now!

Game Rules

In European Blackjack six 52-card decks are used. The decks are shuffled together before every hand is dealt, and dealers do not receive a hole card. Dealers must hit on a soft 17 (a hand containing an ace that totals either seven or 17), and should you hit Blackjack you will be paid at 3:2 odds.

If the player’s hand loses to Blackjack, then only the mandatory initial bet is forfeited and all other optional bets that have not bust (splits and doubles) will be pushed and returned.

Player Betting Options

The minimum bet in European Blackjack is $1, but more betting options become available as hands progress. Players can double down on any two-card hand, meaning you can double your initial bet, so long as you are committed to ‘standing’ after being dealt one additional card.

Players can also split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. So if you are dealt nine-nine, king-queen, seven-seven or jack-ten you can create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount. Here are some additional rules on splitting:

  • Players can split twice for three hands in total, except when dealt a pair of aces
  • Aces may be split only once, after which players will receive only one card for each split hand
  • Players can double down on any two-card hand, including after a non-ace split


When playing at European Blackjack tables, players are allowed to ‘surrender’. This means you can surrender your two-card hand and receive half your original wager back, unless the dealer is showing an ace.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for European Blackjack is 99.65%. For more on how to play the game, visit our Blackjack Rules page.

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