What Different Types Of Blackjack Games Are There?

Blackjack is one of the most popular card games across the globe, mainly due to its simplicity and the ways you can play it.

Many people don’t realize how many types of Blackjack games there are that have their own unique rules and gameplay.

If you want to broaden your game knowledge, here are a variety of different ways to play Blackjack, so you can add them to your game selection.

American Blackjack

You might know this game better as classic Blackjack, as it’s the most recognized and played version of the game – it’s also the foundation for all other Blackjack games.

The objective of this game is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting closer to a hand value of 21 without exceeding it, which is known as going ‘bust’.

Players will be dealt two cards at first where they’ll have the option to ‘hit’ and receive additional cards or ‘stand’ and keep their current hand. 

Will you get closer to 21 than the dealer?

European Blackjack

This game is similar to American Blackjack, but there are a few key differences. The first difference is that the dealer is only dealt one card that’s face-up and players must make their decisions based on this one card.

Also, the dealer doesn’t receive face-up cards until after all players have completed their hands, so if the dealer gets a Blackjack (an Ace and 10-value card), players will lose their entire bet.

So, American Blackjack or European Blackjack – which do you want to play?

Blackjack Switch

In this game, as the name suggests, you can switch the second cards of two separate hands, so you can have more flexibility in hand composition.

This might seem like the perfect game feature, but various rules balance gameplay, including a dealer’s 22 resulting in a ‘push’ (tie) against non-Blackjack hands, except for natural Blackjacks.

Double Exposure Blackjack

Both of the dealer’s initial cards are exposed in this Blackjack variation, which gives players a great advantage in using this information.

Although, there are different rules like the dealer winning all ties except for tied Blackjacks.

What will you do with all of this useful information?

Spanish 21

This game is also known as Pontoon, which is a Blackjack variation that uses a deck of 48 cards (with tens removed). 

Even though the tens are removed, players can still use special bonuses for certain card combinations, like for a handful of three sevens with mixed suits.

Players can also ‘double down’ and make a bet equal to their initial wager after being dealt the first two cards. Or ‘surrender’ and give up half of their bet after seeing their first two cards and the dealer’s up card.

Progressive Blackjack

Adding a different jackpot element to Blackjack, players can place a side bet to try their chances at a progressive jackpot.

Usually, a player needs to be dealt a specific card combination, like four aces of the same suit to succeed at the jackpot.

But due to not only this game but all Blackjack variants being chance-based, the jackpot is not guaranteed!

With just these six variations of the popular chance-based game, which one interests you the most?