Different blackjack versions

The basic blackjack version is arguably played by most people in the world but the game has much more to offer. Although many of the variants might be quite similar to the basics and other might have less in common, you will always find excitement and potential profits by playing any variation.


  • Vegas Strip

The variant is played with four decks of cards and players can split the ace only once. They can however double down on any two cards. The dealer stands on a soft as well as a hard 17. Should a player split, they will lose their insurance wager and you are allowed to double down only after a split, if aces were involved.

It is not considered blackjack if you have a 21 after a split. Should you split aces, each hand will receive only one extra card. There must be equal wagers on splits and pairs of 10 may be split.

  • European Blackjack

This version has no hole card. The dealer only get’s one card at the beginning of the game and get’s his second card at the beginning of the next round. Because of this, no one can know if he has a 21 until further in the round. It is believed that players are much more careful with their betting amounts, which is understandable.

The game uses two decks of cards which give the house less advantage because card counting is made easier. Blackjack pay-out is fixed at 3 -2 and a dealer’s blackjack will win over any other hand. Aces can’t be re-split and a pair can only be split once. If a player splits a hand, they can not double and players are not allowed to surrender.

  • Double Exposure Blackjack

The dealers cards can be seen by the player’s upfront which allows them an advantage. Because the dealers cards are dealt face-up in the first round, the odds of the game is balanced because the pay-out ratio is 3 – 2.

There rules are quite different than other variants. If a player ties with the dealer, they can not take a return on their bet and the bet is lost. After a split, players are not allowed to double down and some of the splits might be slightly forced. Players tend to hit more often because they think they have a advantage by seeing the dealers cards. This sometimes lead to players going bust more frequently.

  • Spanish 21

This variant is more in favour of the player. All 10 cards are removed before playing and doubling down is allowed on any number of cards. Should a player get 21 with 5 cards or more, they will receive a bonus. Players with 21’s and blackjack automatically win. The other advantage is that you will be able to surrender late in the game.

  • Elimination Blackjack

It can be seen as combination of blackjack and Hold’em because there are two main aims. Players need to beat the dealer and also be the last remaining player at the table. The winner is always the player with the most chips, or the last player at the table.

It is played as a tournament and consists of 30 hands. On the 8th, 16th and 25th hands, elimination takes place. The player with the least amount of chips get’s eliminated. During the game, if a players doesn’t have enough to wager if they run our of chips, they will also be eliminated.

All pairs, but not aces, can be split four times. The dealer must stand on a hard 17 and hit on a soft 17. Players can also surrender and double. Only 7 players compete and the game is played a shoe of six decks.

The other exciting feature in this variant is ‘the secret bet’ that can be used only once. This allows the player to place a bet that is kept secret until the end of the hand.

  • Super Fun 21

In this blackjack version, players are allowed to split their hands up until 4 times. If a player has a 6-card hand of 20, he wins automatically.

  • Chinese Blackjack

The variant is also known as Ban-Luck and is most popular in Asia. Two decks of cards are used but a unlimited amount of people can play. The rules are close to the basic blackjack rules but there are a few interesting differences.

Players act as the dealer which get’s changed many times during the game. Depending on the number of card’s the player is dealt, the value of the ace changes.

  • Blackjack Switch

Each player is dealt 2 hands. Only the second card of each of the two hands can be swopped. Instead of the usual 3 – 2 pay-out like in other variations, the natural blackjack pay-out is even. If a dealer has a 22, it’s a push

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