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Progressive Blackjack Guide: Rules, Strategies & Expert Tips

Jennifer Lynn Written by Jennifer Lynn
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Progressive Blackjack

Blackjack has been around since the early 1700’s when it is believed to have been introduced to casinos in France.

There are now too many versions to mention in casinos around the world, the aim of all, which is to get closer to a total of 21 than the Dealer without going over and going ‘Bust’.

One of the versions with the biggest potential payout is Progressive Blackjack. With the jackpot increasing until it is won and a chance to win a percentage of it as well as the full amount, Progressive Blackjack is well worth a go.

Progressive Blackjack Rules

Progressive Blackjack RulesProgressive Blackjack is a standard version of Blackjack that has an optional side bet, usually costing £1/€1/$1 depending on the currency you are using.

Whilst the important thing is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over, the same as standard Blackjack, the Progressive Jackpot side bet can give you a much bigger win than simply winning a hand against the Dealer.

The side bet focusses on Aces that you are dealt consecutively during the hand. The exact rules vary from casino to casino so the below isn’t set in stone and we recommend that you check the rules regarding the casino before you start playing to ensure you are getting the best deal possible.

If the first 2 cards that you are dealt with are both Aces, you win, the more Aces you are dealt the higher your reward. There is also a difference between suited Aces and non-suited Aces, as Progressive Blackjack is normally played with 6 decks of cards, you are looking to get as many Aces of the same suit as you can, up to a maximum of 4.

Remember, it only counts for your first cards, so the moment you are dealt a card other than an Ace, the Progressive Jackpot side of the hand is over and any payouts are made.

Payout Chart

The following is a fairly standard payout chart, as mentioned though this does vary from casino to casino:

2 Aces, Non-Suited: $25
2 Aces, Same Suit: $50
3 Aces, Non-Suited: $250
3 Aces, Same Suit: $2,500
4 Aces, Non-Suited: 10% of Progressive Jackpot
4 Aces, Same Suit: 100% of Progressive Jackpot

As you can see, even getting 2 Aces as your first 2 cards pay out considerably more than if you are simply playing Jackpot for a small stake, so when you find a Blackjack game that offers a Progressive jackpot it is worth having a go. The odds of winning are much lower than the standard game, but the much higher rewards on offer more than offset this.

Above is an example of the layout for a Progressive Blackjack game, the slot in front of each position is where you need to place your bet for the Progressive Jackpot, as you can see, it is possible to play more than one hand and you don’t have to play the Progressive Jackpot side bet for each hand, only those you choose to play.

The Progressive Jackpot for this table is over $210,000 so if you are dealt 4 Aces of the same suit in the same hand, that amount is yours!

Progressive Blackjack Rules
RTP: 99.53%
Blackjack Pays: 3 to 2
Number of Decks: 6
Dealer Rule: Stand on all 17’s
Dealer Peek: No
Insurance: Yes
Surrender: No
Split: Yes
Re-Split: No
Double: Yes
Double after Split: Yes
Hit Split Aces: Just Once
Side Game: Yes
Multiple Hands: Yes


Progressive Blackjack Strategy

There is no real strategy to the Progressive Jackpot side of the game as this is down to luck in being dealt Aces at the start of a specific hand.

However, as the hand also contains a standard game of Blackjack, we recommend you follow the Strategy outlined below and either play the side bet for each hand on top or reduce your stake for the game and play the side bet too if you want to be in with a chance of taking home a percentage of the jackpot.

Progressive Blackjack table

Progressive Blackjack Tips

Progressive Blackjack TipsAs the 6 decks of cards in Progressive Blackjack are shuffled after each hand, there is no use in trying to card count or remember how many Aces have been dealt and therefore what your chances are of getting the Progressive Jackpot as this resets after every hand.

If you want to play a standard game of Blackjack without the Progressive bet, we suggest you find a version that doesn’t include this bet as the house edge is lower than the usual game due to the extra amount that is added to the Progressive Jackpot.

If you are going to play the Progressive side bet which is the main reason for playing this version of Blackjack, remember to factor in the cost when determining how much to bet on the actual hand itself. Always ensure you play within your budget at all times.

As with any casino game, the main aim should be to have fun and this will only be done if you play within your means and don’t gamble with funds that you can’t afford to lose.

Don’t play when you are frustrated or angry – with the Progressive Jackpot often at life-changing amounts, it is understandable that if you get close and just miss out this can be frustrating. If you find yourself getting angry or upset at any time, walk away and calm down before playing as this will inevitably affect your decision making and could lead to higher losses than necessary.

Blackjack References:

Standard Blackjack Rules Strategy & Tips
Card Counting in Blackjack
Play Blackjack For Real Money

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Jennifer Lynn
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Jennifer Lynn has spent 14 years working in the online casino industry, making her a real expert in the field. She's not just skilled at writing about casinos; she also has a deep interest in online gambling games and is a passionate researcher and player. Jennifer offers her expertise on a range of casino games and the smart strategies to use. But her life isn't all about gambling and casinos. She also loves riding horses and practicing yoga, showing that she knows how to balance her professional interests with personal passions.
Last Updated: May 29, 2024



When was Blackjack first introduced to Casinos?

The original Blackjack game was first introduced in casinos in the early 1700s. The game was first introduced in French casinos.


How does Progressive Blackjack differ from the classic game?

In most ways, Progressive Blackjack is the exact same game as Classic Blackjack. In fact, all the rules that apply to blackjack apply to the Progressive variant. The only difference being that in Progressive Blackjack you can put up a side bet.


How does the Progressive Blackjack side bet work?

There is no one way that the side bet works. Different casinos will have different rulings when it comes to the Progressive Blackjack side bet. However, one thing remains the same. The side bet focuses on Aces, and getting them consecutively during the hand. If the first 2 cards dealt are aces, you win the side bet automatically. If not, the rules vary from casino to casino.


Why is it called Progressive Blackjack?

The reason the game bears the name Progressive, is because the payout progresses each time that the player doesn’t get a payout. The name is derived from progressive jackpots which can be won in slots.


What is the payout chart in Progressive Blackjack?

As in the previous question, the payout charts also vary from casino to casino. However, there are certain standards that most will follow. So, before you play Progressive Blackjack, make sure you check out the payout chart of the casino, if one is displayed.


Are there any strategies I can implement to win Progressive Blackjack?

Sadly, there really aren’t many strategies that you can use to win the progressive side of Progressive Blackjack. For the Blackjack side, there are obviously quite a few strategies that can be implemented.


How many decks of cards are used in Progressive Blackjack?

Usually, a game of Blackjack calls for six standard 52-card, decks. However, as with payout charts and side bet rules, this also changes from casino to casino. Some casinos will use 8 standard decks; some will use 4. But on average, most will be using 6 decks of cards, as it is the perfect medium between the house advantage and the player advantage.


When should I play Progressive Blackjack?

Well, you can play Progressive Blackjack any time you feel like it. However, it is our recommendation that you start out with playing the classic game first. Once you’ve grown accustom to the rules and the game’s flow, then you can move on to the more complicated variant.


When should I abstain from playing Progressive Blackjack?

This is true for any casino game (or any activity where money is involved really), but whenever you are frustrated, angry, or in any mood that might get you to make impulsive decisions, you definitely should abstain from playing Progressive Blackjack. Decisions made during these kinds of moods don’t tend to end well for the player.


Is Progressive Blackjack harder than the classic game?

In many ways, they are the same. The only difference is the side bet added to the Progressive Blackjack. Just by virtue of adding an extra thing to think about, this version of the game is a bit harder than the original.

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