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Progressive Blackjack

Progressive Blackjack

California-based TableMAX Holdings LLC has released the industry’s first electronic blackjack game to feature a wide-area progressive jackpot.

Progressive Blackjack is a multi-player, automated version of blackjack employing modular player stations and a large LCD video screen displaying the table layout. The five-player format consumes 20 percent less square footage per gaming space than a comparable number of slot positions.

The game itself is standard player-operated blackjack, with standard rules for the main game. It is a four-deck blackjack game with cards shuffled after every hand. A progressive side bet of 50 cents gives the player a chance to win a jackpot according to a pay schedule corresponding to a number of progressive Aces dealt to a player in any given hand.

When making the side bet, players are paid a progressive for one, two, three or four Aces dealt consecutively in a single hand. According to the company, players will land one of the jackpots every 13 hands on average. The odds of the wide-area progressive (for four consecutive Aces) hitting are 18 million-to-one, with an average jackpot of $3,000.

The house edge on the base blackjack game is the same as traditional blackjack, but the side bet raises the overall hold percentage on the game to between 17 percent and 20 percent.

In addition to the patented wide-area Progressive Blackjack, TableMAX offers electronic versions of Caribbean Stud Poker, Caribbean Draw Poker, Texas Hold’em and Bonus Blackjack, a 21 game with bonus jackpots for certain cards.

Manufacturer: TableMAX Holdings LLC

Platform: TableMAX system

Format: Electronic blackjack with progressive side bet

Denominations: All denominations available

Max Bet: Operator configurable

Top Award: Progressive; reset level configurable

Hit Frequency: Approximately 45%

Theoretical Hold: 17%-20%

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