If the poker or blackjack action at online casinos is your thing, then Stravaganza may very well be the ideal game for you. Like blackjack, Stravaganza is a casino card game based on total point values and it is one of our most popular casino card games. The game is played with five decks of cards and the object is to have a higher point total than the Dealer.
In Stravaganza card game, the card values are the same as in blackJack: picture cards in Stravaganza are worth ten points, Aces are worth one and all other cards are counted at their face value. The difference between Stravaganza and blackjack, however, is that you cannot ‘bust’ - that is - exceed a certain card total. The more points you have, the better. Stravaganza is also a progressive jackpot game, meaning your winnings can be very large indeed.
How to play
Playing Stravaganza is simple and the number of betting options is where the real skill (and fun) come into play. You simply click on the chip(s) of your choice, in order to place your initial bet. Then, by clicking on the 'DEAL' button, you are dealt two cards face-up and the Dealer is dealt three cards, albeit face down. Depending on the total value of your cards, you can choose from a number of options such as whether to increase your wager, or get half or all of it back.
Stravaganza betting options
Money Back - When your cards add up to five or less, you can choose to get your entire bet back, and by doing so, end the round.
Rescue Bet – When your cards add up to between 6 and 9, you have the option of getting half your bet back and which will also end the round.
Sit - When your Stravaganza cards add up to more than 10, you may ‘Sit’ and play your two cards on your opening bet.
Play On - Regardless of the total sum of your first two cards, if you opt to Play On, a second bet equal to your first bet is automatically placed. You are then dealt a third card with the hope of boosting your point total.
After making your move, the Dealer’s hand is revealed. If the Dealer’s total point value is higher than yours, you lose all your bets. When your total is higher than the Dealer’s, you win!
There is but one exception to that, for when the Dealer's hand contains a red Ace (hearts/diamonds), your first bet is forfeited and your second bet is a push (returned to you), regardless of your total card value.
Stravaganza bonus payouts
Sizable bonuses are also paid out on various poker-like hands. For instance, a Three of a Kind pays 3 to 1 on the amount of your first wager, and all face cards pay 1.5 to 1 on your first bet.
Stravaganza also provides you with the exciting opportunity to place a progressive jackpot side bet. Whenever you receive a winning ard combination (according to the progressive jackpot pay table on your screen), you win part of the progressive jackpot! Draw three Kings of Hearts and the highest jackpot prize of all… is yours!
Stravaganza vs. blackjack
Stravaganza is a great deal less risky for online casino players than blackjack due to the fact that you cannot bust. Again, the object in Stravaganza is to accumulate as many points as possible.