Blackjack Variants


02/11/2013
By Debra SaundersGoogle
Blackjack is one of the oldest and most popular games in a casino. It’s one of the only casino games that a player can turn the house edge into a player edge using solid strategy. This is why it has become so popular in many casinos.

Up until a few years ago, we were forced to play only a few styles of Blackjack. Even though there were a few variations, the rules were almost the same. In most cases the only differences would be how many decks were used and the dealer hitting on a soft 17 or staying. Not much of a variety really.

With online casinos making big waves and more people flocking to play on them, software companies have started to create unique styles of Blackjack to full fill the ever changing demands of gamblers. Some ideas have worked and others were not so good. But, one concept that is starting to catch on quickly is different styles of Blackjack.

Blackjack Surrender

This style of Blackjack is pretty much the same as the standard. All the rules apply with one change. If you feel like your hand has no chance of winning or very low chance, you can surrender your hand and get back half of your original bet. If you play on, the game plays exactly the same as a normal Blackjack hand would.
Double Exposure Blackjack

In this style of Blackjack both of the dealer’s cards is face up as opposed to one being up and the other down in a regular game of Blackjack. This obviously gives the player a much needed advantage. However, to offset this advantage the rules will vary slightly.

·         When the player is dealt a 21, they only win even money on this bet. In normal Blackjack you would win 3:2 on a dealt Blackjack.
·         Dealer can hit on a soft 17 (a 17 containing an ace) and they cannot go bust on a hit. Either the next card improves their hand or it remains a 17.
·         Players may only split once in Double Exposure Blackjack.

The main rule that makes the most difference is the even money payouts on Blackjacks. This lowers your winnings slightly but overall your advantage against the house is better in Double Exposure Blackjack. All other rules remain the same.



Blackjack Switch

This new form of Blackjack lets you switch hands during play. You are always dealt 2 hands at the beginning and both are played. However, you now have the option to switch the first cards that were dealt in each hand.

For example: Say you are dealt a Ten and a 5 in the first hand, the ten being the first card dealt. In your other hand you receive a 2 and an Ace. The 2 being the first card dealt on this hand. You have the option to switch the ten with the 2. So now the ten goes over the hand with the Ace, giving you a 21 and the 2 goes into the hand with 5, a much better starting hand than 15.

You can see how this game can have some serious advantages. You now have the ability to swap out bad starting hands. The only drawback is that you must bet on each hand rather than having to only place one bet in standard Blackjack.

There literally over a hundred styles of Blackjack today and new ones are sure to pop up in the future. It’s recommended to try a few out just to see for you how much fun they can be. Not only can be fun, but some of them should be played due to their lower house edge.



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