European Blackjack Casinos
When it comes to finding an online casino, Europeans have it easy. You don’t have to worry about whether or not a casino accepts customers from your area or if they have deposit option you can use. Hell, most Euro blackjack casinos have a good variety of 21 games to choose from, too, which you can play via download, Flash casino or app. So there’s not a whole lot for you to complain about.
However, the one challenge that European players will face is wading through 10s and even 100s of sites to find the gold nuggets. The casinos worth playing at. This is more work than you might realize — possibly hours or days of research.
Luckily for you we’ve already done it all. Below you’ll find our findings. Take your pick and get started today.
The Euro Guide to Choosing a Blackjack Casino
European players have more than enough casinos to choose from. And unlike the US there’s nothing stopping you from trying whatever casino you want. That sounds like a good thing, and it can be. However, it can work against you, too. More casinos means there is more junk for you to wade through before you get to the gold. Our goal with the guide below is to help you find that gold faster.
Digging For Casino Gold: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Signing Up
1. Can you play in your currency?
Most casinos will accommodate multiple currencies. After all, they have to cater to players from all over the world.
However, that’s most, not all. You might come across a casino that only deals in USD or pounds. The problem, as of the date I write this, is that the Euro is worth less than the pound. What that means for you is, if you cannot play in your own currency, you have to trade more of your money for less of theirs. Of course, it can go the other way with the USD, too, where you trade less for more.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that you should try to avoid having to convert your currency at all. That’s the only way to ensure that you don’t lose money when you deposit or withdraw your funds.
2. What blackjack games can I play?
This is a blackjack site. I’m assuming you’re here because you want to learn how to play blackjack, how to beat it and, most importantly, where to play it.
For us that means choosing a casino that has more than a couple of variations to play. You never know when you’re going to want to try Spanish 21, double exposure or Vegas strip. Unfortunately, not every casino offers these games.
A lot of casinos don’t offer live dealer games, either. That sucks, to be honest. Those games are a lot of fun because you can play for high stakes, talk to the dealers, your tablemates and overall just get the feeling as if you’re playing in a live game in a brick and mortar casino. Even if you’re playing from home in your pajamas.
So I highly recommend reading our reviews and checking out the casinos in detail to make sure they have enough blackjack games to keep you busy. Any casino that uses Microgaming software would be a good starting point.
3. What software do they use?
Software doesn’t just impact the way the games look and perform. Sure, that’s important stuff, too. But what’s more important to me is the number of games they have (overall and blackjack), what operating systems it’s compatible with and if you can play on your phone or tablet.
So when you’re researching casinos, you need to figure out if you can play there based on what equipment you have. Are you on a Mac? Then the casino better have a Flash or Java casino, or a download. Are you on your iPad? Then ask if the casino has a blackjack app that you can download, or if you can play in their instant play casino from your browser.
The software will also go hand-in-hand with the games, too. It’ll affect what variations you can play, the other casino games you may be interested in, progressive jackpots and so on. So software is definitely important, and much more than just aesthetics.
4. Is the bonus reasonable?
The first thing that comes to mind here (to answer the question) should have nothing to do with the size of the bonus. That’s important, yes, but less important for blackjack players.
For blackjack players what’s more important is a) can you play blackjack to clear the bonus, and b) what are the rollover requirements?
I’ve found that most casinos will let you play blackjack variations to clear the bonus. Classic blackjack and perfect pairs is (usually) excluded. In extreme cases you can’t play blackjack at all without voiding the bonus.
In cases where it’s ok, you need to check the rollover requirements. Most casinos will vary from 25x to 40x for slots, keno, scratch tickets and similar games where the casino has the largest edge. However, what they do to blackjack games is reduce it’s value. So instead of contributing 100%, they’re only worth 10 or 20 percent (in worse cases 2 percent). That means you’ll have to wager 5-10x as much as the original amount. That turns a 25x rollover into 125-250x. I’m sure you’re able to see how ridiculous this can be.
Your goal, whenever you’re shopping for a casino, is to make sure the terms are reasonable before signing up, assuming that the bonus plays a large roll in your decision. Reasonable requirements (for blackjack) would be 100-200x. I’m not sure how much more than that I would commit to, especially since if you lose your initial bankroll you might have to deposit more if you want to complete the bonus.
5. Are there additional promotions to participate in?
Since there are so many casinos to choose from, each casino will have a smaller edge in what will make them stand out to you against their competitors. One way they do this is through their promotions.
When you compare promotions you want to look for more than just size or the dollar amount. Again, play through requirements are important (and most promotions will have them). How long the offer is good for is also important. Blackjack specific offers are great. You might even see if they have a VIP program. However, keep in mind that VIP programs that use comp points (especially to exchange for casino credits) will reduce the value of blackjack again, so that you have to play more hands compared to slots to earn the same number of points.