I grew up playing the classic blackjack with my brothers and cousins during a family reunion. We stuck to using a single deck during the game with no changes in the betting besides the initial bet to be able to play. We were allowed to surrender but that would mean losing half our bet while the other half the “house” kept. It was the perfect kind of blackjack for us kids who were quite new to the game. As I grew older and learned the ropes of the game, I realized to really develop my skill in the game, I needed to step up my game and try other variations. Blackjack inherently has many variations and with the rise of online casinos, it seems that every casino has their own version of the game.
Most Popular Variants
These are the kind that most people are familiar with. It is played in most land-based casinos as well as online ones. The rules are straightforward with very little difference from the classic rules of the game.
- Double Attack Blackjack
Also known as Double Blackjack, this version highly resembles another variation of the game called Spanish 21. This game excludes four cards valued 10 points from each deck. This version also uses eight packs. The rules and objective are still the same; players still need total 21 or close to that point without going over. One big difference is that after the dealer is dealt his two initial cards, players can double their bets.
- Super Fun 21
This is one of the famous variations of the game. It was invented by Howard Grossman, a blackjack expert and a gaming consultant in some of the big casinos in Las Vegas. This version offers players a chance to bet before the initial cards are handed. Once the cards are dealt, we are given a chance to hit, stand, or surrender on the two cards we are dealt with. And any players that have blackjack always beat the dealer which increases their chances of winning the game.
- Triple 7s Blackjack
This variation has a bit of exclusivity to it that makes it a fun game to play. This is one of the popular variants played online. The game gives players a chance to win big bonus prizes and win consecutive jackpots but players are required to keep a side bet. The prize money is determined by the player’s card combinations and the total of the hand they have. This game is also usually played with five decks of cards.
- Vegas Strip
The Vegas Strip Blackjack is a popular variation usually played in Las Vegas casinos, as the name implies. The rules are similar to the classic blackjack with a few little tweaks in its rules. Players interested in playing this variation should learn its subtle nuances in the game rule before betting. But generally, the game is played with four decks with the dealer standing on a soft seventeen. A soft hand is any hand that contains an ace that’s counted as 11.