There are many different types of blackjack games with varying odds and rules that affect both how the game is played and what the dealer and player can and cannot do. Blackjack is one of the only games where you can gain the advantage over the casino with proper playing strategy. Below is a list of some of the most popular versions of blackjack available at various online casinos:
1. Dealer Stands on Hard 17-- This is the standard by which all normal blackjack games are played where the dealer must stay on 17 and hit on 16.
2. Dealer Stands on Soft 17-- The dealer stand only if he has 17 or better and an ace in his hand. When the dealer gets soft 17, the house edge would be amplified by 0.2%.
3. Dealer Hits on Soft 17-- This is the opposite of the above blackjack variation - the dealer hits on soft 17 (with an ace)
4. Doubling-- Doubling is a technique used by players to increase their odds of winning in certain conditions. This is considered a variant because many casinos outright ban.
There are many different games of blackjack that have been created over the years and below we will take a look at some of the most unique blackjack games.
Regular blackjack is the simplest form of the game whereby the player and dealer follow the basic rules associated with normal blackjack play including:
Player may hit, stand, bust, split and double down
Dealer must stand on soft 17
Blackjack pays 1.5 to 1
Insurance is half of player bet
Spanish 21 is very similar to regular blackjack in that the player has all the same functions and commands of Regular Blackjack such as hit, stand, split, bust, insurance, etc. The variations in Spanish 21 blackjack are as follows:
Dealer must hit soft 17 (if dealer has a 6 and an ace for 17, he must hit)
A player blackjack with 2 cards beats a dealer blackjack and is paid immediately
Blackjack pays 3-2, which is less than regular blackjack (which pays 1.5 - 1)
Player can double, split or re-split any two cards including aces
Player may surrender his/her hand at any time before standing or busting
There are no 10's in the deck
Five card 21 pays 3 - 2, six card 21 pays 2 - 1, seven card 21 pays 3 - 1
Three unsuited 7's pays 3 - 2 and three suited 7's pays 3 - 1
Double Exposure Blackjack is a unique blackjack game with many similar qualities to regular blackjack. The following rules and changes are part of double exposure blackjack:
Both of the dealers cards are exposed
Dealer wins on all tie situation, unless it is a natural blackjack
Players are only allowed to split one time
When the player gets a blackjack it pays even money
Single Deck Blackjack is a version of blackjack that is played with a single deck of cards as opposed to regular casino blackjack tables which generally have anywhere from 4 - 8 decks of cards in a shoe. Usually the rules of single deck blackjack are the same as regular blackjack but this is a favourable game for the player as it gives them the best chance for predicting what cards are going to come out next otherwise known as card counting. Single deck games are increasingly rare but if you look around you can still find some decent online casinos offering single deck blackjack. This is by far one of the best and fairest blackjack games available online. Most land based casinos are offering single deck blackjack with a blackjack payout of 6:5 instead of the traditional 3:2. We strongly recommend that you do not play at tables offer 6:6 blackjack payouts because this greatly increases the casinos changes of winning more of your money over the long run
Also like traditional blackjack in the way it is played, Blackjack Switch offers an exciting twist on regular blackjack games. The new features and rules included in blackjack switch are:
Dealer must hit soft 17
Players must play 2 hands both with equal bets
Players are allowed to switch the second card from each of their hands to form a new hand
Player blackjack pays even money
If dealers cards add up to 22 dealer will push against any player hand unless the player has blackjack
Vegas strip blacjack is played with 4 decks of cards. However it can also be played with more decks in some instances. Vegas strip is originally an American hole card game. Vegas strip blackjack allows the dealer to peak on ace cards, and on tens. 17 is a automatic dealer stand and many of the normal blackjack rules apply - such as you can double down on any two cards, after the split and you can split up to 3 times. Aces can only be split one time and once an ace is split it can no longer make blackjack, but a 21.