Blackjack Variations

Blackjack is a very old game that is immensely popular, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to players that blackjack has numerous variations and many countries have adopted their own versions which are also popular throughout the world in their own right.

We do emphasize the fact that regardless of the variation you play, the prime rule stays the same, “The objective of the game is to have a card total higher than the dealer’s, without going over 21”.

Below we list the top 5 variations of online blackjack that you will commonly encounter in most online casinos. Using our blackjack guide page as a base, we will also briefly explain what makes these versions different than Classic Blackjack.

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Atlantic City Blackjack

  • atlantic-blackjackThis version of blackjack uses 8 decks
  • Double down is allowed in any two cards
  • Surrender is allowed. Surrender is when a player gives up his hand and the casino reimburses half the total bet

Vegas Strip Blackjack

  • vegas-strip-blackjackUses 4 decks
  • Double down is allowed in any two cards
  • The dealer has to have a minimum total of 16 and has to stand on a total 17

Spanish 21 Blackjack

  • spanish-21-blackjackSix or Eight card decks used
  • A standard 52 card deck is replaced by a 48 card deck in which all 10’s are removed.
  • A player with a total of 21 always wins automatically wins, regardless of the dealer’s total.
  • Doubling down is allowed in any 2 card total
  • Surrender is allowed.
  • The payouts are a bit unique. A five-card 21 pays 3:2, a six-card 21 pays 2:1, and a 21 with seven or more cards pays 3:1. A 21 composed of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of mixed suits pays 3:2, of the same suit pays 2:1, and of spades pays 3:1.

Double Exposure Blackjack

  • Double-exposure-blackjackBoth cards of the Dealer’s is immediately revealed
  • 8 decks of 52 standard cards are used
  • The dealer wins all ties except a 21 tie
  • The dealer must hit a soft 17
  • The player’s blackjack beats the dealer’s blackjack and the player’s blackjack wins 1:1, not 3:2.

Super Fun 21

  • super-fun-21-blackjackThe dealer must hit on a soft 17
  • The player is allowed to download down in any card total
  • Players may surrender at any point
  • All blackjacks pay the regular 3:2 except BJ in diamonds which pays 2:1.
  • 6 cards totaling 20 or less always wins
  • 5 or 6 card 21 is an instant win