List of blackjack variants

Blackjack, one of the most popular card gambling titles, is the most diverse casino game you will come across. It boasts countless variations, all of which have the same ultimate goal, and more and more variants continue to crop up. Below we detail a list of the variations available within the online and offline realm of gambling, and let you know which ones hold the best odds for the player (lowest house edges).

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Online blackjack games

Online casinos offer a host of high quality blackjack variations, and also ensure their games boast far lower house edges than their land based blackjack counterparts (they can do so, because Internet gaming operators carry no or limited overheads). For the online blackjack games, we have organised them by gaming software designer.

Microgaming blackjack titles:

  • Atlantic City Blackjack – played with eight standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Big Five Blackjack – played with five standard decks, dealer stands on hard 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Bonus Blackjack – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on hard 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Classic Blackjack* – played with one standard deck, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Double Exposure Blackjack – played with eight standard decks, dealer stands on hard 17s and blackjack pays 1:1
  • European Blackjack – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • European Blackjack Perfect Pairs – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • European Blackjack Hi Lo 13 – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • European Blackjack High Streak – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Classic blackjack gold series

  • Live Dealer Blackjack (and Live Dealer Playboy Bunny Blackjack) – Standard European format, minimum and maximum wagers range from $25 to $500 per hand
  • Pontoon – played with eight standard decks, dealer must ‘stick’ on all 17s, Pontoon and five card tricks pay 2:1 and standard wins pay 1:1
  • Spanish 21 Blackjack – played with eight 48 card decks, dealer stands on 17s, blackjack pays 3:2 and Spanish blackjack and other wins paid in accordance to the bonus paytable
  • Super Fun 21 – played with one standard deck, dealer stands on hard 17s, blackjack pays 1:1 and Super Fun 21 wins paid out according to the bonus paytable
  • Vegas Downtown Blackjack* – played with two standard decks, dealer stands on hard 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Vegas Strip Blackjack – played with four standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Vegas Single Deck Blackjack* – played with one standard deck, dealer stands on hard 17s and blackjack pays 3:2

Microgaming also boasts multi hand variants of the above titles, as well as ‘Gold Series’ variations of some of the above titles (‘Gold Series’ variations are revamped games boasting stunning graphics and visuals, due to popular demand).

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Net Entertainment blackjack titles

  • Blackjack Classic – played with four standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2
  • Blackjack Pro – played with four standard decks, allows for up to three hands to be played simultaneously, dealer stands on all 17s, blackjack pays 3:2, and boasts a Double Jack side bet
  • Double Exporuse Blackjack Pro – played with six standard decks, allows for up to three hands to be played simultaneously, dealer stands on all 17s, ties are losses (up to hand values of 20) and blackjack pays 1:1
  • Pontoon Pro – played with six standard decks, allows for up to three hands to be played simultaneously, dealer wins all ties, ‘twists’ on soft 17s, five card trick and Pontoon pays 2:1
  • Single Deck Blackjack Pro* – played with one standard deck, dealer hits on soft 17s and blackjack pays 3:2

BetSoft blackjack variations:

  • Pirate 21 – played with six standard decks, dealer hits on soft 17s, blackjack pays 3:2 and payouts applied for a host of other unique combinations (according to bonus paytable)
  • Super 7 Blackjack – played with six standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s, blackjack pays 3:2 and payouts applied for listed combinations that boast 7s (according to bonus paytable)

Play’n Go blackjack variants

  • Blackjack Multi Hand – played with six standard decks, dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2

Evolution Gaming live dealer blackjack

  • Traditional Blackjack* – follows hole card rules (American blackjack), dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays out 3:2
  • Blackjack Party – follows hole card rules (American blackjack), dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays out 3:2 (two dealers join the fun for an upbeat and stylish live blackjack experience)

Minimum and maximum wagers range from $5 to $5,000 per hand.

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  • Live Blackjack* – follows hole card rules (American blackjack), dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays out 3:2

Minimum and maximum wagers range from $5 to $300 per hand.
*Blackjack variants with the lowest house edges (best odds for the player).

Land based blackjack variants

At brick and mortar venues, you will not be able to find nearly as many variations of blackjack as you will find online, and several land based titles will draw you in with what appear to be beneficial rules, but ultimately the games boast significantly higher house edges.

The most common variants you will find at Australian brick and mortar venues include:

  • European Blackjack (branded differently across different States) – played with four to eight decks, dealer may hit soft 17s or stand, depending on the state, and blackjack pays 3:2 or 6:5, depending on state.
  • Blackjack Plus – played with four to eight decks, dealer stands on all 17s and bblackjack pays 3:2 (minimum wagers typically no less than $15)
  • Vegas Blackjack – a game reserved for high stakes players, Vegas Blackjack follows the American format, the dealer stands on all 17s and blackjack pays 3:2. Minimum wagers per hand are around the $100 mark
  • Pontoon – played with up to eight modified decks with all face cards removed. Some tables pay out Pontoon at 3:2, while others defer to a 6:5 payout, with various bonuses on offer

With the above in mind, we highly recommend shifting to online blackjack gameplay if you haven’t already – you will be greeted with better odds and greater betting variety, and the convenience is second to none. Online titles can possess player return rates as high as 99.95 per cent when correct strategy is applied (that is, a 0.05 per cent house edge).

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