List of blackjack game variations

The best online casinos carry dozens of real money blackjack variants, from traditional American-style games to more quirky titles such as Double Exposure and Super Fun 21. But what distinguishes these games from one another? And which ones come with the most favourable rules and the lowest house edge?

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Microgaming blackjack variants

Microgaming is the world’s premier developer of online casino games. It’s range of real money blackjack releases cannot be beat, especially if you like side bets and multi-hand games. Here, we will stick to the core titles in the catalogue – all of which can be found at our top-ranked Microgaming casinos online.

Atlantic City Blackjack

– Eight decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– Resplit up to four hands
– Cannot resplit Aces
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Late surrender
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.36 per cent

Classic Blackjack

– Single deck
– No peek for dealer blackjack
– All bets lost to dealer natural
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on hard nine, 10, or 11
– Cannot double after splitting
– No resplits
– Hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.13 per cent

Double Exposure

– Eight decks
– Both dealer cards dealt face-up
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Dealer wins all ties except blackjack
– Player blackjack always wins
– Double down on hard nine, 10, or 11
– Double after splitting allowed
– Resplit up to four hands
– Split any two 10-point cards
– Resplit Aces
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Blackjack pays 1 to 1

House edge = 0.79 per cent

European Blackjack

– Two decks
– No peek for dealer blackjack
– All bets lost to dealer natural
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on hard nine, 10, or 11
– Cannot double after splitting
– No resplits
– Hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.42 per cent

Pontoon

– Eight decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Both dealer cards dealt face-down
– Dealer sticks on soft 17
– Player must twist (hit) or buy (double) on all hands under 15 points
– Dealer wins all ties except pontoon
– Buy on any two, three, or four cards
– Buy after splitting allowed
– Resplit up to three hands
– Resplit Aces
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Pontoon pays 2 to 1
– Five card trick pays 2 to 1
– Five card trick beats dealer 21 (except natural)

House edge = 0.39 per cent

Spanish Blackjack

– Eight Spanish decks*
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Player 21 always wins
– Double down at any time
– May re-double once
– Resplit up to four hands
– Resplitting Aces allowed
– Draw to split Aces
– Split any two 10-point cards
– Late surrender
– Surrender after doubling down
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

Bonus pays:

Five-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in mixed suits – 3 to 2
Six-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in same suit – 2 to 1
Seven-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in Spades – 3 to 1
Suited 7-7-7 + dealer up-card Seven – 500 to 1

House edge = 0.38 per cent

* Spanish decks contain only 48 cards each, with all face-value 10s removed.

Super Fun 21

– Single deck
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Player blackjack always wins
– Double down at any time
– Resplit up to four hands
– Resplitting Aces allowed
– Draw to split Aces
– Late surrender
– Surrender after doubling down
– Blackjack pays 1 to 1

Bonus pays:

Natural blackjack in Diamonds – 2 to 1
Twenty-one points in five or six cards – 3 to 1
Six-card hands of 20 or less always win

House edge = 0.94 per cent

Vegas Downtown Blackjack

– Two decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– Resplit up to four hands
– Split any two 10-point cards
– Cannot resplit Aces
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.39 per cent

Vegas Single Deck Blackjack

– Single deck
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Double down on hard nine, 10, or 11
– Cannot double after splitting
– No resplits
– Cannot hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.35 per cent

Vegas Strip Blackjack

– Four decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– Resplit up to four hands
– Split any two 10-point cards
– Cannot resplit Aces
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.35 per cent

NetEnt blackjack games online

Net Entertainment is Microgaming’s biggest rival in the sphere of online casino gaming, and it’s not hard to see why. The Scandinavian brand is all about quality over quantity when it comes to table games, offering only the most highly sought-after variants. Superb graphics, flawless gameplay and custom betting limits put these titles among the most popular at our leading Flash casino sites.

Blackjack Classic

– Four decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– No resplits
– Cannot hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.40 per cent

Double Exposure

– Six decks
– Both dealer cards dealt face-up
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Dealer wins all ties except blackjack
– Player blackjack always wins
– Double down on hard nine, 10, or 11
– Double after splitting allowed
– No resplits
– Cannot hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 1 to 1

House edge = 0.73 per cent

Pontoon

– Six decks
– Dealer peeks for natural
– Both dealer cards dealt face-down
– Dealer twists on soft 17
– Player must twist or buy on all hands under 15 points
– Dealer wins all ties
– Buy on any two, three, or four cards
– Buying after splits allowed
– Resplit up to three hands
– Resplitting Aces allowed
– Pontoon pays 2 to 1
– Five card trick pays 2 to 1
– Five card trick beats dealer 21 (except natural)

House edge = 0.41 per cent

Single Deck Blackjack

– Single deck
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Double down on hard 10 or 11
– Cannot double after splitting
– No resplits
– Cannot hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.48 per cent

BetSoft 21 games

BetSoft is another highly acclaimed software brand which provides online pokies, table games and more for the top instant play casino sites. The company’s collection of digital blackjack games covers the classic European and American blackjack formats, while also catering to more exotic tastes with titles such as these:

Super 7 Blackjack

– Six decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack (Ace-up only)
– Dealer stands on soft 17
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– No resplits
– Cannot hit split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

House edge = 0.46 per cent

21 Burn

– Six decks
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Player may ‘burn’ second card in exchange for a new card
– Double down on any two cards
– Double after splitting allowed
– No resplits
– Cannot draw to split Aces
– Blackjack pays 1 to 1

Burn card bonus pays:

Ace of Spades – 7 to 1
Any other Ace – 2 to 1
All other cards – Burn bet loses

House edge = ~0.54 per cent

Pirate 21

– Six Spanish decks (no face-value 10s)
– Dealer peeks for blackjack
– Dealer hits soft 17
– Player 21 always wins
– Double down at any time
– Resplitting Aces allowed
– Draw to split Aces
– Blackjack pays 3 to 2

Bonus pays:

Five-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in mixed suits – 3 to 2
Six-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in same suit – 2 to 1
Seven-card 21; 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 in Spades – 3 to 1
Suited 7-7-7 + dealer up-card Seven – up to $5000

House edge = ~0.58 per cent