November 18, 2010 11:37 ET

Play Jackpotjoy's Blackjack in Downtown Vegas!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - Blackjack is the most popular card game in the world, and now you can play it at Jackpotjoy with rules that come straight from the gambling heartland – Las Vegas itself…

Las Vegas is a name that's synonymous with gambling. The oasis for great games was first established 105 years ago as the young city became a regular stopover point for pioneer trails to the west.

Following the legalisation of gambling in 1931, Vegas became a focal point for a long period of major redevelopment, which included welcoming Vegas legends like Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and Meyer Lansky, both of whom were infamous for their dealings with the mob.

Though Howard Hughes' investment legitimised the city throughout the 1960s, Vegas has kept a strong underground movement, that was never better highlighted than in Martin Scorsese's iconic Casino.

The net result of all this development is that Vegas itself is a city with many faces, so it's no surprise that Jackpotjoy has released a variant of Blackjack that's not just geographically specific to Vegas, but to Downtown Vegas.

"Downtown Vegas Blackjack is a part of a big push to offer a more varied Blackjack product at Jackpotjoy," explains Fraser Linkleter, Jackpotjoy's resident casino maestro. "We currently have six variants, including this one from Downtown Vegas."

He goes on to explain the specifics of the variant: "It offers all the same features as Atlantic City Blackjack, so you can split any two same value cards, including mismatched picture cards, and you double down on any two cards, even after splitting. This is great for aggressive players, as it really gives you the chance to take the game to the dealer and push hard when you're on the up.

"There's three major differences with our Downtown Vegas model though. The first is that there's no surrender in Downtown Vegas, though I quite like that as it reminds me of the place itself.

"The second major difference is that the dealer will always hit on a soft seventeen which puts the player in a much stronger position – as they're likely to go bust by doing that.

"Finally, there are just two decks with Downtown Vegas, so you'll be in a much better position to calculate your chances."

Downtown Vegas sits alongside Single Deck Blackjack, Multihand Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack and Blackjack +3 as one of Jackpotjoy's six Blackjack variants. It's currently available to play at Jackpotjoy.com now.


The Gamesys Group was founded by Noel Hayden in April 2001 with a small team of developers. The aim was to build a profitable online entertainment business providing Bingo Online, Instant Win and Casino games to a worldwide audience using proprietary gaming software.

After eight years, the Group's leading brand, http://www.Jackpotjoy.com, has built an audience of over 3,000,000 members and pays out in excess of GBP 90 million every month. The success of Jackpotjoy.com has established the Gamesys Group as one of the UK's leading online gaming businesses. In 2006 they were named No. 1 in the Microsoft/Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table, and they're now one of only four companies to have appeared on the list four years in a row. This feat reflects both the company's capacity for sustained growth and its remarkable resilience during periods of financial instability.

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