Types of Blackjack Variations
Being one of the most popular card games, Blackjack is a game with many variants to it which differ in basic rules. The different types of Blackjack or variants are nothing but a customized version with modified rules and different ‘Hit’ and ‘Stand’ possibilities.
Blackjack is a game of different possibilities which allows casinos to come up with different variants based on various gaming possibilities. These variants also vary in house advantage and payouts.
Spanish Blackjack is an American Hole variant with similarities to the original Blackjack game and includes all the basic terms like Hit, Split, Stand, Insurance and Bust. This version of blackjack is played with 8 Spanish card decks which include 48 cards, instead of the traditional 52 cards. This variant of Blackjack includes no tens in the card decks used. The house edge in a Spanish Blackjack is more if you are not well aware of the rules.
In a game of Spanish Blackjack, when the dealer has a Soft Hand, like a card of 6 and a card of Ace totaling 17, he has to ‘Hit’. Apart from Late Surrender, player is also allowed to Split, Double or Re-Split any two cards, which also includes Aces.
Vegas Strip Blackjack
This blackjack variant has lower house edge is played with total 4 deck of cards. Vegas Strip Blackjack holds better odds for a player in single hand version, which means playing multi-hand version is little risky with less odds.
Other blackjack variant rules in Vegas Strip Blackjack allows players to strip up to 3 times after their first split, also they can use the options of double on a hand of any two cards. In this game, aces are not allowed to be split more than once.
Atlantic City Blackjack
Atlantic City Blackjack is another fun variant offered in single and multi-hand game options by most of the casinos. While both the versions have similar rules, multi-hand options require more money spending. House edge in Atlantic City Blackjack is always low.
Players are allowed to double after they take a split, also they can double on any of their first two cards. In this blackjack variant, dealer must stand on a hand of soft 17.
Like any other Blackjack variant, Blackjack Switch is also played with an objective of beating the dealer’s hand by getting a blackjack or a total close to 21. But some of the rules modifications in this variant include the fact that dealer must Hit on a soft hand of 17, players can switch second card of their hand to create a new hand and players gets even money of their Blackjack.
Bonus Blackjack, Double Exposure Blackjack, European Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack and Single Deck Blackjack are other such popular Blackjack variants.