Variations of Blackjack


Being constricted to classic blackjack games can seem boring. With different variations of Blackjack offering different rules and more interesting game-play, you can find a blackjack variation that's best for you.

Blackjack is among the most played table games in online casinos. As mobile casinos keep growing in popularity, Blackjack keeps springing up online in several variations. The game can be traced back to the early 1600s when known simply as “Twenty-One.”

Blackjack goes with diverse names depending on your location, the core principles or concept of the game remains the same.

In Blackjack, the player and the dealer play directly with each other, and the goal is usually to gather cards whose value sums up close to 21. The player's goal is to get as close to 21 as he possibly can without exceeding that value.

The game can feature multiple players. However, each player will compete directly against the dealer. Blackjack requires a bit of luck and some skills. To be successful and to increase the chances of beating the dealer, a player needs to have a great understanding of the game.

Below are some types of Blackjack you should know:

The Pontoon

In Pontoon, the names of classic blackjack moves are changed. Hit is called a twist; the stand is called a stick, double is called a buy while hence is called a pontoon.

However, Pontoon isn't all about changes in the names of the moves. Players can play pontoon with no 10s in the decks, featuring around five to eight decks in a game.

In Pontoon, two of the dealers' cards closed, and a player can not stand with less than 15 or 15. This makes the game faster and a bit more interesting.

The Spanish 21

Spanish 21 is a blackjack variation that you play with a 48-card Spanish deck. However, it includes a typical French-suited 52-card deck without the four ten-spot cards.

The removal of these four tens gives around 2 percent more advantage to the dealer. However, Spanish 21 has somewhat liberal rules, which helps compensate for the advantage of the dealer.

There are usually around six to eight decks of cards, specifically without 10s. A notable feature of the Spanish 21 is that whenever a player has a hand with values totaling 21 — the player automatically wins irrespective of the dealer's hand.

The Super Fun 21

Fast-paced and interesting, super fun 21 adheres closely to the original rules of Blackjack. Notable changes in super fun 21 are mostly in the way payout is structured. During a tie, a player's natural Blackjack beats that of the dealer.

There's usually an even payout in contrast to the traditional 3:2 ratio. In super fun 21, the payout is 2:1 for a diamond blackjack, and players can move to stand, hit, double, and split on any card.

Wrap up

There are different blackjack variations offering players of the game freedom to choose how they want to best play the game. Once a player gets the game's core concept, he or she can easily get acclimated to the rules applicable in various Blackjack variations.

Whether a player wishes to play the field or gain greater expertise in a specific blackjack variation, playing online casinos can make that possible.


Ben Williams

Content Writer

Ben grew up in a small beach town on the Coromandel Peninsula. He spent most of his childhood surfing and playing rugby. After graduating from university in Auckland, he moved to Australia to work for a startup. He returned to New Zealand a few years later and started working in the iGaming industry.

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