Blackjack Ballroom Casino – Review

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Last updated: 16 NOV 2002Blackjack Ballroom Casino, one of the newer Microgaming-powered casinos to enter the growing online gambling market, stakes its name on fast support and payouts.

Blackjack Ballroom Casino was also the first to introduce Microgaming’s new multi-hand blackjack game, where a gambler can play up to five hands against the dealer – for serious blackjack players, this dramatically increases the number of hands one can play in a set period of time.

I decided to give it a shot shortly after it opened, making a deposit of $100 in early November 2000, for which they gave me a $50 bonus – not a bad deal at all for those who know the bonuses offered by other casinos. Any time you can make 50% on a deposit you’ve already won half the battle. (Editor’s note – Bonuses change on a regular basis – please visit the site for the latest bonus)

One of the requirements to earn the bonus is to play both deposit and bonus – a total of $150 – at least once through. Having given up blackjack for some time now, I decided to try Aces and Faces video poker – a departure from my usual Jacks or Better – after realizing the only advantage you give up is 1 coin on the full house payout – a drop from 9-1 to 8-1 – but on the other hand, getting four of a kind pays much better – as much as 800 coins for four aces!

So after meeting my obligations for the bonus, and playing on for enjoyment value, I ended up with something like $252 dollars – not bad. But for some strange reason I decided not to cash out – perhaps I forgot, or decided I would cash out later – whatever the reason, I left the balance in the account, then traveled to the US for a break.

Returning from the US broke, having dropped a couple of thousand playing blackjack and my recent favorite pai gow poker, I went back to Blackjack Ballroom Casino and was surprised to see that there was a balance – I had completely forgotten about it for over a month.

So I figured, what the heck, let’s play it out. After all, it was only a couple of hundred more…

I started with my usual 25 cent plays, time 5 coins for a play value of $1.25 per hand. No progress – I think I even lost $10 or $20.

Played a few hands at 50 cents – total $2.50 per hand. No progress.

Jetlag was beginning to catch up with me – I was falling asleep at the keyboard. I broke my cardinal rule – never play when you’re tired – and I advise you to do the same.

I raised the stakes to $1.00 per coin – total $5.00 per hand, thinking I’d just get it over with.

Half an hour later, still nodding off at the keyboard, I was dealt a pat flush – worth $30. Just as I began to hold all the cards, I noticed that I had four cards to the royal flush – missing only the King of Diamonds.

As fortune had it, I was composed enough to toss the odd diamond out and draw to the royal flush – and promptly nodded off again. But when I woke up maybe a minute later, I was staring at a royal flush – the first time I have ever hit one.

The payout – $4,000.

I won’t bore you with the rest of the details – I played a bit and lost some back while waiting for firm instructions on how to proceed with the cashout. I cashed out $3,500 in the end.