Popular Blackjack Casino Variants
Blackjack belongs to a family of prominent and conventional card games that have been played for recreational purposes since a very long time. Majority of such games haven’t yet been adopted by the casinos though. To add to that, the casino games’ development industry has been very active in producing all sorts of Blackjack variants, a good number of which haven’t been adopted by all the casinos still.
Following are some exceptions - the most commonly enjoyed Blackjack variants, based on the prominent ’21’ comparing-card-game. These games were invented and adapted specifically for the casino play, and have reasonably established their place in the gambling industry over a period of time:
21st century Blackjack – Popularly referred to as the Vegas style Blackjack, you can get to play this Blackjack variant in a large majority of California card rooms in the US (where gambling is permitted). In 21st century Blackjack, a player doesn’t automatically incurs a loss upon getting bust. He/she may still be allowed to ‘push’ in case the dealer busts too (depending on the casino that the game is being played in), although the dealer may be required to bust at a higher total.
Blackjack switch – This Blackjack variant is played by dealing two hands. The players are allowed to make a switch with the second pair of cards received by them. For instance, if you get dealt 10-7 and 2-10, then you’re allowed to make a switch between your two hands and make different hands of 10-10 and 7-2. The natural Blackjacks get paid at a ratio of 1:1, rather than the regular 3:2. The dealer’s 22 is a push.
Spanish 21 – This type of Blackjack game has highly liberal Blackjack rules, for instance late surrender, pay out bonuses for 21s resulting from three or more cards (for ex: 7, 7, 7 or 8, 7, 6), players’ Blackjacks or 21s always winning (with the condition that all 10s are removed from the deck, except for the kings, queens and jacks), the flexibility of doubling down any number of cards (combined with the option of surrendering or rescuing only one bet to the house) and more. You can even play an unlicensed Spanish 21 version (minus the hole card), known as ‘Pontoon,’ in several Australian casinos.
Multiple action Blackjack – This Blackjack game involves a player getting the freedom to place 2/3 bets on any single hand. In this variant, the dealer basically gets a hand for every bet placed by the player, and essentially doubles up the number of hands played by any dealer in every hour. Even though doubling and splitting of hands is allowed, the options are limited owing to the limited space available for any additional chips on the felt. The basic strategy of this game, regardless of the number of bets placed, is the same as that of the traditional Blackjack game.
Double attack Blackjack – This is a Blackjack variant with highly liberal rules that give players the freedom of increasing their wagered amount upon seeing the dealer’s face up card. Getting Blackjacks only earns 1:1 return for the players.
Double exposure Blackjack – The dealer’s first two cards are dealt face up in this game. Players lose their money on ties, and the Blackjacks return even money in this variant. Furthermore, players aren’t allowed to surrender their hands or buy insurance.