Blackjack

What are the Different Types of Blackjack?

Here is our extensive list of the different types of Blackjack:

Blackjack Switch

Each player plays two hands of blackjack and can select to ‘switch’ the second, or top, cards of each hand. Players must make two best of equal size on the two hands, after which the hands are played and resolved individually along standard Blackjack game rules.

Players also have the option of making a ‘Super Match’ bet which is set on the first four cards that are dealt to them. After a ‘switch’, players may double on any two cards. They may double on a split and can re-split up to four hands. The dealer hits soft 17 in a switch.

The ‘Super Match’ bonus bettor wins if the player gets a pair or better from any of their first four cards dealt.

The trade-off in Blackjack Switch is that if the dealer gets a total of 22, they will push on all non-bust hands apart from Blackjack. Blackjack pays evens, when setting up each hand and is the only hand that beats the dealer’s 22.

Strategy

When To Switch

The interesting extra twist to this variant of Blackjack is knowing when to ‘switch’. The trick is to work out not just which hand is better in relation to the dealer’s up card, but which combination of two hands will stand up better.

Remember that you have to place the same bet on both hands, so it’s not wise to build one winning hand at the expense of the other. The aim of switching is to create two strong hands.

That said it is wise to switch to a stronger winner. For example, if your two hands value at 18 and 14 you could switch to 19 and 13. There’s not much in it between the 13 and 14, but 19 is much stronger than 18.

Also, bear in mind that you may have to play more aggressively than in standard Blackjack games because the dealer isn’t going to go bust so often due to the 22 rule. Because of this, you may have to hit on hands that you might normally stand on.

On that basis, you should consider that the dealer has a strong hand if he is showing a 7 or higher. And remember that a 2 does not represent a weak hand as he is not going to bust at 22. A weak dealer hand, therefore, is showing cards 3 up to 6.

When To Tit, When To Stand And When To Double

Stand when you have:

  • a hard 17 or higher
  • a hard
  • a soft 19 or 20
  • a soft 18 when up against 2 to 8
  • anytime you have a hard hand verses 2 to 5

Hit when you have:

  • a hard 12 to 16 when facing dealer’s 7 to ace
  • a hard 13 or 14 against a 2
  • a soft 18 against 9 to ace

Double when you have:

  • 10 or 11 against 2 to 6
  • 9 verses 6
  • ace to 6 or ace to 7 against a 5 or 6
  • ace to 5 against 6
  • hit before doubling when you have soft 17
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Super Fun 21 Blackjack

The Basic Rules Are The Same

Aces may count as high or low. All of the face cards count as ten points.

To start the player must first place a bet and is then dealt two up cards. The dealer also has two cards, although they must have one face up and one face down.

At this point, the player then has the choice to either ‘hit’, or ‘stand’.

The player’s hand then has to beat the dealer’s hand by getting nearest to 21 without ‘busting’. A hand totalling 21 is known as a natural or Blackjack.

How Does Super Fun 21 Differ From Conventional Blackjack?

The player automatically wins if his hand has six cards or more and a total score of 20. This rule stands even when the dealer has a score of 21 – making blackjack!

More good news for players is that a player’s blackjack always beats dealer blackjack.

Players may also split up to four times, and they can ‘double down’ at any stage, no matter how many cards that he has been dealt. So the player automatically doubles their cash with a hand made up out of five cards or more that add up to a total of 21.

The other significant difference between blackjack and Super Fun 21 is that a Blackjack pays 6/5 instead of the usual 3/2 odds.

Side Bet

The payout is 300:1. Some casinos allow a player to designate a suit for their blackjack when there is a newly shuffled deck of cards or in the first round. There is a very high house advantage on this side bet – 9.2%. For this reason, it is not popular and most offline, and online casinos do not offer this side bet.

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Spanish 21 Blackjack

In places where the dealer must stand when they get a soft 17, or somewhere where redoubling is acceptable, Spanish 21 is probably going to be a better bet than Blackjack although this depends on the particular Blackjack rules in play.

If you want a game with a different speed to the original but need a game where the house has a low house edge then Spanish 21 could well be the game that you are looking for.

In Malaysia and Australia, the game of Spanish 21 is known as Pontoon. In Australia, slightly different rules are played.

Spanish 21 requires six or eight Spanish card decks, and each deck has a total of 48 cards – the usual 52 card pack minus the four tens.

The removal of the 10s puts the odds slightly in favour of the dealer. To help mitigate this edge, the following rules apply:

  • You can double on any amount of cards.
  • Double after a split is permitted.
  • Re-splitting Aces is allowed.
  • Your score of 21 always wins.
  • Late surrender is acceptable.
  • Your blackjack always beats a dealer’s Blackjack.
  • You can hit and double down when they have split Aces.
  • You can surrender your cards following doubling which is also known as ‘double down rescue’. It is best to have an amount equal to your original bet.
  • A five card 21 pays 3/2, a six card 21 pays 2/1, a seven-plus card 21 pays 3/1. Bonuses are not be paid after doubling or splitting.
  • Suit cards of 7, 7, 7 when the dealer has a seven face up pays a ‘super bonus’ as well as an ‘envy bonus’ to the other players.
  • A mixed suit 6, 7, 8 or three 7s pays 3/2 and of the same suit gets 2/1, and if the suit is spades, it gets you 3/1. These bonuses usually do not pay after doubling or splitting but are allowed in some venues.

You may find some rare variations on these Spanish 21 rules in some casinos:

  • The dealer may hit or stand on a soft 17.
  • Some casinos allow redoubling up to three times.
  • Surrender or drawing to split aces is not permitted.
  • A face card and ace after splitting have been known to count as a Blackjack.
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Pontoon Blackjack

The rules of pontoon

You need to check the rules of pontoon wherever you decide to play. As many players find the game repetitive, online casinos tend to reinvigorate the game by introducing extra rules. Also, places outside of the UK where pontoon is popular, such as Australia, will pay different odds.

That said, there are some universal rules when playing pontoon in UK casinos, which include:

  • The aim of the game is to get as near as possible to 21. However, if you surpass 21 you ‘go bust’ and lose
  • Aces are 1 or 11
  • Face cards are 10
  • A natural win is a ten-point card plus an ace (also known as pontoon)
  • The game starts with the player receiving two cards face up and the dealer receiving two face down. If the dealer has pontoon, the game ends, and the dealer wins
  • Players can always hit – that is, ask for another card. But players can only stand if they have at least 15 points
  • Players can usually double down (increase the initial bet and stand after taking another card) at any point. Although, beware that some casinos only let you when your cards total 9, 10 or 11
  • Players can surrender their hand (pull out of the game)
  • Surrendering typically loses you half of your initial bet
    The dealer will hit on a soft 17 – a 17 made by valuing their ace at 11
  • The dealer will continue to draw until he or she reaches 17, creates a five-card hand (five cards that total 21 or less) or goes bust
  • If the dealer loses, players receive even money on their wagers. The exception is if players win with pontoon or a five-card hand; these players win back money at 2:1

Pontoon is a simple game, so you might want to actively search out casinos that have new and exciting versions of it. Also, don’t expect to win a large sum of cash, as the odds only allow you to make steady gains.

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Multiple Action Blackjack

Multiple Action Blackjack is dealt in the same way as the standard Blackjack game, from a four, six or eight deck shoe. The main difference between the two games is that the players play a single hand against multiple successive dealer hands. The dealer plays out his original up card two or three times against the player bets.

Each player has three betting areas where they must place at least one bet, with the option of placing one or two more bets depending on the house rules. A lot of casinos require at least two bets to be placed in every game. Some will insist that all three areas should play.

Strategy

The strategy for Multiple Action Blackjack should be the same as for classic casino game! Do not change your strategy. For example, you are dealt 16 against a dealer’s up card of 10. Experience and every Blackjack rule book would tell you to hit, but you stand for fear of busting and losing all three bets. This is how the casinos are cleaning up, so hit when you would usually hit, hit. And stand when you would normally stand, stand.

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Double Exposure Blackjack

Having a better understanding in Double Exposure Blackjack of the dealer’s hand, of course, gives the players an edge and better odds than in other variants of Blackjack.

You can always see what he is holding and therefore what the risk might be. The only downside and compensation for the dealer are that all ties are won by the dealer, except on a natural Blackjack. To get a push, both players need to have scored a blackjack.

As both players cards can be seen from the beginning, it’s not possible to buy insurance or choose to end their hand.

There are also house rules that change from game to game which varies from one location to another. You may find some of the following rules applied:

  • Dealer hits or stands on soft 17.
  • Tied blackjacks either push or go to the player.
  • A Player may/may not double after a split.
  • The player may double on any first two cards or not.
  • Player may split more than once.
  • Player may or not split unlike 10 value cards (for example queen and king).

Double Exposure Blackjack casino game is available online in various formats.

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Double Attack Blackjack

One of the well-known differences of Double Attack Blackjack, which gives this version of Blackjack its name and its slightly different flavour, is that a player can double their bet once the dealer has turned over their cards but before a player has seen his or her own cards. This is the ‘Double Attack’.

One other big difference of Double Attack Blackjack is the fact that a ‘Spanish’ deck is often used instead of a normal one. The difference here is that the 10s are taken out leaving a deck of only 48.

Players also have the option to ‘surrender’ their hand, like in poker, if they don’t think it is strong enough.

Here are the rest of the rules for Double Attack Blackjack:

  • The dealer should always stand on soft 17.
  • The dealer can peek for blackjack when a player takes insurance.
  • Insurance pays out at a rate of 5:2.
  • The player is allowed to double down on a split.
  • All other pairs can be split into three or four hands depending where you happen to be playing. Aces cannot be re-split.
  • Aces can only be split once and only get one card.
  • When the player wins blackjack, he gets even money.
  • The player is able to double or surrender at any stage of the casino game, and this includes right after splitting. A hand can double up on at any time (but only once).
  • You can also make a side bet on the bank-busting with only three cards. This is known as ‘bust it’. If you bet on this and the dealer ends up with three 8s, then there is usually some bonus win.
  • Last but not least is the opportunity of ‘Double Attack’ – doubling your bet when the dealer deals his up card.
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21st Century Blackjack

In the late 1980’s, a new casino game was made in which players do not bust at 21. Here are the main differences between 21st Century Blackjack and the classic game:

21st Century Blackjack is a rotating banker game played with a multi-deck ‘shoe’. In other words, the ‘house’ does not play dealer.

It plays with the jokers in the deck. When a joker is dealt it values at 21, this is not a Blackjack. It counts as a wild card with a value of whatever is needed to get the player to 21. If you have a 2 and a joker, the joker acts as though it had a value of 19.

Your hand is not lost if you go over 21. Instead, it marks as having gone over 21, and play continues at the table.

Getting two jokers, or a joker and an Ace is called a ‘natural’ or a ‘natural 22’, a bit like a ‘Super 21′ and beats any other 21 instead of merely just ‘pushing’ it as it usually would.

A player may place up to three bets during their hand – some casinos have betting limited, so if a player wishes to bet more than that, they can place bets in each of the three “betting circles”.

Players may also bet on others’ hands. They do this by putting their bet in a betting circle near the hand they are betting on. If it wins, they win too. If it loses, they also lose.

The dealer plays a hand as normal and should the dealer win the money goes to the person acting as the bank. When the dealer loses the person, banking must play the rest of the players.

If, when the dealer finally draws their hand, he goes bust, but he has a higher score than the other player, it counts as a push for that player – and they get their bet back. The player loses if the dealer loses with the same or lower total than them. This alters the strategy for such things as hitting on a 12.

If a player wants to bank but does not have enough money to cover all wagers on the table, the large bankroll player steps up and covers the rest of the bets, then carves up with winning with the bank player.

Usually, the house also supplies an employee or person who has a sufficiently big bankroll piled in front of them to cover all bets placed on the table consistently.

To make their money, the house will bill a fixed fee per hand.

The number of players at a table is eight but can go up to ten.

Doubling down and splitting is still valid in 21st Century Blackjack, just as in regular Blackjack.