All About Blackjack Games

Blackjack is probably the most popular card game in the casino and it has several variations that differ by the rules and by the odds. Below you can see the pros and cons of the most popular blackjack games variations. If you became interested in a game, you can read more about it and its basic strategy (which will differ from the one for the standard blackjack game due to the change in rules) in the relevant section of our site.


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  • The game has a 2 to 1 payout for a five-card trick;
  • The 2-to-1 payout for a pontoon (an ace and a 10);
  • An ace and 10 after splitting are counted as a pontoon;
  • The player gets paid immediately after he or she hits 21 and this is regardless of what the dealer is holding;
  • You can buy insurance from the dealer when he holds a pontoon;
  • It is one of the lowest house advantage games;
  • Both cards of the dealer are dealt face down;
  • The dealer wins all ties;
  • Eight decks of cards are used, 10's are removed from the deck

Spanish 21

Spanish 21 Pros
  • Player blackjack beats dealer blackjack;
  • Match Play 21 pays 40:1
  • Players are allowed to hit, surrender, and double down any time during the game and not just during the initial two cards;
  • A five-card combination of 21 has a payout of 3:2;
  • Players can double down on any two cards;
  • Aces can be re-split.
  • Only 48 cards in a deck, 10's are removed from the deck;
  • Dealer hits on soft 17;
  • Eight decks of cards are used.

Double Exposure

Double Exposure Pros
  • Both of the dealer's cards are showing;
  • Player is paid 1:1 if the dealer and the player both have Blackjacks;
  • Doubling down after splits is allowed;
  • Players can re-split up to three times to make four hands;
  • Aces can be re-split
  • Players will receive only one card after splitting Aces;
  • Dealer hits a soft 17;
  • Double down only on a hard 9, 10 or 11;
  • Blackjacks after splitting Aces only count as 21;
  • Dealer wins on all ties except Blackjacks;
  • No insurance available because both of the dealer cards are showing.


Switch Pros
  • Dealer checks for Blackjacks before play;
  • Two hands are played at the same time;
  • Doubling down after splitting pairs is allowed;
  • The player can switch the second card of each hand with each other to improve the hands.
  • Six decks of cards are used;
  • No re-splitting is allowed
  • When the dealer has a 22 all active non-blackjack hands are a push;
  • Players can only receive one card after splitting Aces;
  • Dealer hits a soft 17;
  • No surrender is allowed;
  • No Blackjack insurance;


European Pros
  • Dealer stands on soft 17;
  • Blackjacks are paid 3:2;
  • Insurance is available when dealer's up card is an Ace;
  • Only two decks of cards are used;
  • Players are allowed to hit after splitting Aces.
  • No re-splitting on any pair is allowed;
  • No surrendering option;
  • Players can't double after splitting pairs;
  • Players can double down on a 9, 10 or an 11.
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