Blackjack isn’t simply a single card game. It is includes multiple card games that are very similar to each other. There are slight differences in the rules between these games that makes them fun to play. This article will go over the main types of blackjack games that are available.
Before we get into the different games, let’s go over the basics that are available with all blackjack card games. These games are played between a dealer and one or more players. Each participant will receive two cards to start. The dealer will have one of the two cards showing. Each card is assigned a number value, with the card’s rank being assigned this value for cards 2 through 10. The Jack, Queen, and King are also ranked 10. The Ace can either be ranked 1 or 11.
The objective of blackjack is to receive a card total as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you go over the total of 21, you bust and will automatically lose the hand. If you do not go over 21, your hand will be compared to the dealer’s hand. If the dealer’s has a higher total than you, the dealer will win the hand; if you have a higher total than the dealer, you will win the hand. If the total of both hands are the same, you will push and neither side will win.
The blackjack is received when the player or dealer has a two card total of 21. This involves having an Ace and a card with a value of 10 (10, Jack, Queen, King). If the player has a blackjack, they automatically win unless the dealer has a blackjack. If the dealer receives a blackjack, the player automatically loses unless they also have a blackjack. If both dealer and player receives a blackjack, the two hands push.
If neither have a blackjack, the player gets to choose whether to take another card, or hit, or not take another card, or stand. You can continue to take additional cards until you are satisfied with your total or bust.
There are additional moves that can be made in blackjack. This includes the double down and the split. The double down is made when you place an additional bet in order to receive one additional card. This is most often done when you have a two card total of 10 or 11. The split is made when you have two cards of the same value; you will place a second bet and create two hands to play.
Other available moves are less common. This includes insurance and surrendering. Insurance is offered by the dealer when the dealer is showing an Ace. You can place a bet that is half of the size of your wager that the dealer has a blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack, you will win the insurance bet which results in a net push. Surrendering is when the player concedes the hand and takes half of the wager back. This option may or may not be offered.
A Soft total is a hand that cannot bust because it includes an Ace that is acting as an 11. A Hard total is a hand that doesn’t have an Ace or the Ace is acting as a 1 in the total.
Different Blackjack Games
First, there is the traditional blackjack game that most people are used to playing. This is generally referred to as Vegas Strip blackjack. It is the blackjack game that is played at a majority of the casinos in the United States, as well as the majority of online casinos.
Vegas Strip Blackjack – Blackjack pays 3 to 2 on your wager. The dealer will offer insurance. The dealer will peek when showing a 10 or Ace card to check for blackjack. The game is played with four 52 card decks. The dealer must stand on all 17s. Players can double down on any two cards. Players can double down after a split. Players can split 3 times total per hand dealt. Aces can only be split once and only one card is dealt to split Aces. Surrendering is not available.
Vegas Downtown Blackjack – Same as Vegas Strip with the following differences: Played with two 52 card decks. The dealer must hit with Soft 17.
Atlantic City Blackjack – This is the same as Vegas Strip with the following differences: Played with eight 52 card decks. Players can split one time per hand dealt. Surrendering is available.
Single Deck Blackjack – The same as Vegas Strip Blackjack with the following differences: Played with a single 52 card deck. The dealer must hit with Soft 17.
European Blackjack – The dealer does not receive his second “hole” card until after the player acts. Players can only double down with a two card total of 9, 10 or 11. Surrendering is available. Insurance is available, but isn’t determined until the dealer takes the second card.
Unique Blackjack Games
Double Exposure – Both of the dealer’s cards are face up. The dealer will stand on all 17s. Blackjacks pay even money (1 to 1) and will win against a dealer’s 21. The dealer wins all ties (no push), except for Blackjack.
Spanish Blackjack – All 10’s are removed from the deck (48 card deck). Played with 8 decks of cards. The dealer will hit Soft 17. Player Blackjack or 21 will beat a dealer Blackjack or 21. Surrendering is available. You can double down once at any time (even after a hit). Re-double down once. Surrender after doubling down. Double down after split available. A pair of Aces can be hit or double down after a split and also can be re-split.
(Spanish cont) 5 card 21 pays 3 to 2. 6 card 21 pays 2 to 1. 7 or more card 21 pays 3 to 1. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 mixed suit pays 3 to 2. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 same suit pays 2 to 1. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of spades pays 3 to 1. Suited 7-7-7 when dealer has 7 face up pays 50 to 1.
Super Fun 21 – Blackjack pays even money. Dealer has to hit Soft 17. Player’s Blackjack will always beat dealer’s blackjack. You can double down once at any time. You can surrender at any time. A Diamond Blackjack (both cards diamonds suit) pays 2 to 1. A 5 or 6 card 21 pays 2 to 1. Receive 6 cards without busting and you automatically win.
Play These Blackjack Games for Fun
If you would like to play any or all of these blackjack games, you can do so at Slots.lv. The names are slightly changed because many of them are trademarked: Vegas Strip = 21 Blackjack; Vegas Downtown = Double Deck Blackjack; Double Exposure = Face Up 21; Spanish Blackjack = Match Play 21; Super Fun 21 = Super 21.