Multiple Action Blackjack is a blackjack game developed and patented by The Four Queens Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Often called multi-action blackjack or triple action blackjack, variants of Multiple Action Blackjack are offered by some online gaming software providers under the name of Video Blackjack. The innovative feature of this blackjack game is that the player’s same hand is played against three hands of the dealer. The player plays once and the dealer plays thrice.
The table layout for Multiple Action Blackjack is slightly different from the regular layout. There are three circular spots in front of the player’s seat for the three identical wagers that the player has to place upfront. There are also three rectangular spots marked 1, 2 and 3 in front of the dealer. The player receives two face up cards and the dealer receives one face up card. In online versions of the game the same face up card of the dealer is shown in all three rectangles.
The hand is played as in regular blackjack games. The players can hit or stand and can also split and double down as per the prevalent rules. If the rules permit the player may also surrender his hand or take insurance. The exact rules for split and double down and other moves are not a part of the patented Multiple Action Blackjack, but are decided by the casinos offering the game. However the player must keep in mind the following. If the player splits then he must double the wager on all three bets. However if the player chooses to double down the may double one, two or all three of his wagers. While playing his moves if the player’s hand goes over 21 then he busts and loses all the wagers.
Once the player has completed his hand without busting the dealer plays the hand in rectangle 1 as per the stated rules. If the dealer busts then the player receives an even money payout on his first wager. If the dealer does not bust then the hand values are compared. If the player wins he is paid out even money and if the player loses then his first wager is forfeited. If the player wins with blackjack then he is paid out at 3 to 2, unless the dealer also has a blackjack. Tied hands push and the original wager is returned to the player. The dealer similarly plays out the hands in rectangles 2 and 3. In land casinos the dealer discards all the dealt cards except the original face up card, which he moves to the subsequent rectangles before playing those hands.
Multiple Action Blackjack does not offer any advantage or disadvantage as compared to normal blackjack. The house edge does not change because of the innovative format of the game. The player also should employ the same strategy that he does in the regular blackjack games. What does happen is that the games are ended quicker because the player plays only once in every three games. Therefore it is preferred by players who like fast-paced action.