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Top Blackjack Variants

Posted on 6 Jun 2011 | Casino Games

While millions of gamblers do just fine with standard blackjack, variety is the spice of life and there are plenty of blackjack variants to consider.

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Blackjack switch is a very interesting variant that almost seems too good to be true. In this game, you are dealt two blackjack hands, and you can immediately choose the swap the first card dealt to each hand. This means that an Ace/5 and a 6/Jack can be swapped into an 11 and a 21! Slight rule variants mean that the house edge is higher, and you will mostly need to win on both hands to win overall, but this game can be an exciting change from time to time.

Double exposure blackjack is another surprising variant where both dealer cards are dealt face-up. You always know what the dealer has, which is a significant advantage. Other rule changes make up for the advantage, such as even money blackjack payouts and player bets are lost on ties with the dealer. Nevertheless, this can be a fun game for players who get too frustrated by the dealer hole card.

Pontoon is an English blackjack game that is very similar to standard blackjack. However, one major difference is the 5 Card Charlie – when you draw a hand of 5 cards that doesn’t bust, you win on that hand. Sometimes this can be extended to a 6 Card or 7 Card Charlie, at which point we don’t recommend playing at that casino.

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Let’s face it we would all cheat at the casino if there were no way of being caught. That’s what counting cards is all about. Well now there is a game that has made cheating legal. That game is Blackjack Switch.

Blackjack Switch follows most of the same rules as regular blackjack. The player must still get close to 21 without going over and must still beat the dealer. What’s more the dealer will also hit on soft 17. But here’s where it gets different. In Blackjack Switch a player will always play two hands. The hand starts the same as any other blackjack hand in that the dealer will deal to both of your boxes and ask whether you want to hit, stand, double or split. However in Blackjack Switch there is another option and that is to switch.

Normally if you started messing about with the cards on the table you would find yourself in a spot of bother. But messing with the cards on the table is the focal point of Blackjack Switch.

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By selecting the switch option a player can swap the second card of each hand, creating all new totals. For example, say a player is playing two boxes at a regular blackjack table and was dealt 5+3 and 7+6. Normally this would be hands of 8 and 13, which would not place the player in a terribly strong position. However, with Blackjack Switch the player could switch the two second cards and the hand would become 5+6 and 3+7, meaning you would have 11 and 10, which is just about the perfect position. After the switch a player can hit or stand as they see fit.

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There is also a handy side-bet to be had in Blackjack Switch. Players can bet on what is called the ‘Super Match’. This is a bet that a player will receive a matching cards in the original four that they are dealt. 1 pair will pay 1/1, 2 pairs pays 8/1, 3 of a kind pays 5/1 and 4 of a kind pays 40/1. It’s like perfect pairs except you get dealt four cards to try and hit a pair!

U.S players are reminded that U.S casinos do not offer Blackjack Switch. U.S players can play the full spectrum of 21 games at Go Casino, where you could earn a $20,000 deposit bonus!

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