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When it comes to the current crop of online slots that are go-to games for many players, Net Entertainment ¬– or NetEnt as it’s now known – can probably claim some of the biggest hitters. Starburst, South Park Reel Chaos and Gonzo’s Quest are just three NetEnt slots that illustrate that point, and illustrate the sheer quality of the online slots software this developer creates.

Perhaps the quality of its games is little surprise as it has a pretty long heritage in casino gaming, with its origins traceable back to a leading land-based Scandinavian casino operator called Cherry in the 1970s.

Cherry took the canny step of investing in the fledgling Net Entertainment company created by Pontus Lindwall in 1996, Lindwall having made the astute prediction that the Internet would be an environment where casino gaming would ultimately thrive. I think we can say he got that pretty much spot on!

Although history proved Lindwall spectacularly right, the Internet in 1996 was a pretty alien place to the general public at the time and gaining their trust to gamble real money in this virtual world of unknown hazards was quite a mountain to climb.

NetEnt however was tenacious in pursuing its aims, and diligent in creating casino software that worked for operators and players alike. As consumer confidence grew in using the Internet for shopping and leisure activities, and with it the growth in secure payment services to meet those needs, NetEnt was there to deliver online casino games that really entertained, living up to the potential its company name claimed.

NetEnt were one of the first companies to enter the online casino scene back in 1996. Based in Sweden, this iconic game studio has powered some of the first online casinos and produced one of the most revolutionary games throughout its 20+ years in the business. Today, they are behind at least 100 of trusted online casinos and their focus on producing more innovative games is clearly evident even today.

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NetEnt also appreciated the need for players to feel secure about the integrity of the software they were using and wisely sought early licensing from Malta’s Gambling Commission, a territory that had also seen the potential of online casino gaming and understood the commercial and consumer need for regulation that was trustworthy and rigorous.

Today NetEnt still maintains its operational base in Malta, although its huge success over the years has seen it expand its physical presence with offices around the world.

From an online slots’ players point of view, NetEnt can be trusted to deliver some of the very best games you’ll find on the Internet and it also claims to offer the highest RTP figures in the industry.

We’ll be honest that we can’t easily verify that (life’s too short to be honest, and we’d rather be enjoying playing the best online slots we can find), but with RTP figures of between 95-98%, NetEnt’s slots do offer highly attractive returns from a players’ perspective.

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NetEnt only produce a couple of Blackjack variants, yet ask any Blackjack player and they will tell you they are quite enough to keep you happy. One of the good things about NetEnt is that their complete Blackjack offer, Live and virtual, can be played on both mobile devices and desktops.

In short, the following are the Blackjack games currently offered by NetEnt casinos:

NetEnt Single Deck Blackjack – The most popular variant offered by NetEnt, Single Deck Blackjack is your standard game with one deck and 3:2 payouts. The game has the dealer stand on Soft 17 and the dealer peeks for Blackjack. You can double down on hands 10-11 and double after splitting, but you can’t re-split aces. There is no surrender, but the dealer offers insurance, which pays 2:1.

NetEnt Blackjack Classic – Also called just Blackjack, this is a multi-hand variant where you can play five hands at a time. The game is played with 4 decks and the dealer stands on Soft 17, you can double down on any two cards and double after splitting, but you can’t re-split aces. Insurance is also offered at the table and pays 2:1, while the Blackjack payout is a standard 3:2.

NetEnt Blackjack Professional Series – The Professional series of NetEnt’s table games are improved takes on classic table game variants but with more advanced graphics and user controls. The Blackjack Professional Series is played with 4 decks and is similar to Blackjack Classic, only here you can play up to 3 hands at a time. The rules state that you can double on any two cards and double after a split, while the dealer stands on all 17s and the payouts are 3:2. This version also comes with the Double Jack side bet on your first two cards, which pays out 100:1.

NetEnt Double Exposure Blackjack Pro Series – Like the name implies, this is a Blackjack variant where both dealer’s cards are exposed, the catch being that all payouts are 1:1. Other than that, the game is played with 6 decks and follows Vegas rules.

NetEnt Live Blackjack – NetEnt also offer Live Dealer games streamed from their own studios. The bet sizes and rules vary between different casinos, so it’s better to check the game’s info box before playing. Most games can be played by up to 7 people at a time.

Verdict

Finally NetEnt is also keenly focussed on the mobile gaming market and its Net Entertainment Touch division means fanatical online slots fans can be sure that if they fall for one of NetEnt’s online slots at their desktop, they can be sure they’ll be able to enjoy the same thrills from NetEnt’s mobile treats too.

The company’s biggest spotlight is set on their slot designs, which were one of the first to introduce the fully immersive gameplay with advanced graphics, animations, and refreshing themes. However, they are not only great slot makers. Their table games are just as famous, especially the Touch versions, which were specifically designed for mobile and tablet playing.

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