As we’ve already mentioned, there are a few different blackjack variations around the world. While the overriding concept remains the same, there are small differences between these versions.
It’s always a good idea to check the rules of the specific blackjack game you’re about to play. This is easily done when playing online blackjack – for example, at Betway Casino we have over 25 different blackjack games, all of which have an easily found list of rules when you open the game.
We won’t go through all the variations of the game now, but here are some of the things that can differ, as well as a couple of specific examples:
One of the key factors that influences basic blackjack strategy is the number of decks in play. This is because the probability of each outcome will change. Whether playing online or in a land-based casino, there’s no general rule about how many decks are being used. Typically, it varies from one to eight and each game should always state how many decks there are.
Basic blackjack strategy allows for this variation. The table we used above is for games with four to eight decks in play, but you can also find tables that show you what to do for blackjack tables with fewer decks.
Dealer Stands on 17
On many versions of blackjack, the dealer is forced to stand on a soft 17. This isn’t a universal rule, though: some variations will require the dealer to hit on a soft 17. Other games have rules that say the dealer has to stand on all 17s, regardless of whether they’re soft or hard.
European blackjack differs in a number of minor ways, but most significantly in the fact that the dealer isn’t allowed to peek at their hidden card until after you have acted on your hand. This means that you are able to double down or split your hand – both of which will increase your original bet – without knowing whether the dealer will reveal a blackjack.
Spanish blackjack, or Spanish 21, is a variant with all of the 10 cards removed. There are also extra payouts, such as getting a seven-card 21 at a payout of 3 to 1, as well as rule variations such as late surrender