Given that blackjack is one of the most popular card games at casinos, it comes as no surprise that there are several variations of the game available in the online gaming space.
Casinos offer multi-player blackjack games in which several players can play together, multi-hand games where you can play several hands at one go and progressive blackjack games which have a massive progressive jackpot on offer.
Understanding the variations and their rules may appear to be a daunting task however, most online casinos have extensive FAQ sections that help you understand the difference between the games.
Here are some of the more popular blackjack variations available today:
Atlantic City Blackjack: This variation usually has one of the lower house edges at casinos and is played with 8 decks of cards. The dealer has two cards at the beginning of the game and checks for blackjack and if he has it, the game is over before you can lose money by doubling. The dealer also stands on soft 17 in this game. You can double after the first two and double after a split.
European Blackjack: Is a variation of classic blackjack and is played with two decks of cards. Blackjack always beats any other hand with a value of 21 and all face cards – Kings, Queens and Jacks of any designation have a value of 10. Aces have a value of either 1 or 11. The Dealer stands on 17 in European Blackjack.
Bonus Blackjack: Is very similar to European Blackjack with an added bonus option meaning you can win a lot more with this game. Played with 2 decks of cards you can win a payout of 50:1 if you get a Blackjack of an Ace of Spades with a Jack with the bonus bet.
Double Exposure Blackjack: Played with 8 decks of cards, in Double Exposure Blackjack both of the dealer’s cards being dealt facing upwards. The dealer wins on all ties except blackjack and hits on soft 17. The ace can only be split once.
Blackjack Switch: In Blackjack Switch, players must play two hands both with equal bets and if the dealer’s cards add up to 22 he can push against any player hand unless it’s a blackjack. The dealer hits a soft 17 and the player can switch the second card from each of their hands to form a new hand.
Vegas Strip Blackjack:This game is played with four decks of cards which means that the odds are better for the player in a single hand version. The Ace can only be split once and should that happen, it can be used to make any combination but a natural blackjack.
Spanish 21 Blackjack: In Spanish 21 Blackjack, player can double, split or re-split the ace and the dealer hits on soft 17. If the player gets a blackjack with 2 cards he beats the dealer’s blackjack. The player can also surrender their cards at any time before going bust.