The thing about blackjack is that there are countless little tweaks you can make to the game to make a variant. Some are minor while others are big enough that it creates an entirely new game, such as pontoon or Spanish 21. There is a new blackjack variation that I have just read about called Quick Seven and it may soon be coming to a casino near you.
Quick Seven is the brainchild of a man named Larry Cockrell, who came up with the idea for this blackjack variation back when he drove concrete trucks for a living. Since then he has created a company called Innovate Gaming and is marketing Quick Seven.
Quick Seven is already available in some brick and mortar casinos, such as Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Iowa. It is also available as an iPhone app. There is not yet an online casino license for the blackjack variation, so online blackjack fans cannot yet play it online.
Since I don’t have an iPhone and you can’t play it online, I have not yet played this game, so I don’t know everything about it. I will tell you what I do know, though. Quick seven is a game where instead of trying to outdraw the dealer without going over 21, you can’t go over 7. With the lower number, one change in the game is how the cards are counted.
In a press release, Cockrell said that in blackjack, the most exciting part is when you draw a natural blackjack (10 and ace). That only happens, on average, once every 20 hands. “In Quick Seven,” he said, “the most exciting thing happens once every 13 hands or so, which is 53.8% more often than in blackjack.”
He seems to be talking about drawing a 2-card seven, which could be a 6 and ace, 5 and 2, or 4 and 3. Then again, the card values are different in this game, so that may not be the case. As with 21 in blackjack, drawing over a 7 in this game busts you. The game also has different rules for hitting, doubling, and standing, among other things.
The most exciting rule in Quick Seven that differentiates it from blackjack, though, seems to be the discard option. In Quick Seven, you have the option of discarding one of the cards in your hand if you have a bad card. I believe you can only discard once per hand and I’m not sure if you can do it if drawing a card busts you, but being able to discard opens up more options and gives players more control over the outcome of the hand.
I haven’t been able to play Quick Seven yet, but I am hoping I’ll find it at an online casino soon. Cockrell seems to think it’s only a matter of time before this variation takes the blackjack world by storm. If he’s right, then you heard about it here first… unless you already read about it somewhere else.