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Getting to grips with different blackjack varieties

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With all the numerous ways to enjoy blackjack online, players are spoilt for choice. But some people may find all these various types of blackjack game quite difficult to comprehend, as they all have slightly different rules. Here’s a run-down of some of the most popular forms of the game around right now, and what the key differences are. This should help you overcome any trepidations you may have, and find new ways to enjoy the game.

Classic

The most common form of blackjack available is the traditional game. This is where any newcomer should get started so they can get a feel for how it is played. Players should know that the aim of the game is to get a higher scoring hand than the dealer without exceeding 21. But to really master the game and know what to do in any eventuality, it is a good idea to read up on some of the key things to do with certain hands, such as when to stand and when to hit. Players can play virtual forms of blackjack online, and a lot of websites also have live links to casinos where players are hooked up to a real table.

Spanish Blackjack

The main difference in Spanish blackjack is that it is played with Spanish decks of cards. These are normal 52-card decks with the 10s removed. So each deck actually has 48 cards. This adds a new element to the game because 10s are quite an important card in blackjack. So, with fewer 10s available, players are more likely to hit on certain hands. The dealer has a hole card, which means he only shows the player one card. Because there are fewer 10s in the deck, if the dealer’s face card is an ace, the player knows that the dealer has only a 25% chance of making blackjack. In a normal game of blackjack this percentage is higher. This can also help players when making their decision whether to stand or hit.

Atlantic City Blackjack

Atlantic City blackjack incorporates a late surrender rule that allows players to surrender their hand before the dealer has revealed their hole card. If the player does this they will receive half of their wager back. This should only be done when you know you are going to lose the hand. So, instead of losing your full wager you only lose half. The general consensus of when to play the late surrender is, if you are holding a 16 and the dealer’s face card is a 9, 10, or 11. The other time is if you are holding 15 and the dealer is showing 11. This is because in these situations the odds are heavily stacked in the dealer’s favour. Apart from this rule, Atlantic City is played in much the same way as traditional blackjack. Players should incorporate the same strategies, such as splitting aces.

There are plenty of other ways to enjoy this great game, with slight rule changes between each variety. The best thing to do is read up on the rules before you start playing, so you know exactly what you are doing.