The most popular variations of Blackjack

Blackjack is one the most popular games played at casinos and also at home were its also known as 21. As most other games when playing blackjack especially at online casinos you will notice some game variations that might apply in some casinos but not all. Generally speaking if you follow the basic strategy and rules which we have explained in our “blackjack strategy” section here you could join and play at any casinos, however there are some rules you need to look out for that could help you improve your chances of winning. For that reason we have decided to do a post on the rule variations of blackjack you might come across when playing online or at brick & mortar casinos.

Classic rules

This is the classic version of blackjack were each player is given 2 cards and is playing against the dealer. The main objective is to get as close as possible to 21 by adding the value of each card, if you get 21 you win however if the sum of the values of your cards is more than 21 then you lose.

The basic rules are explained in more detail in our “how to play” section on our homepage.

American blackjack

With this blackjack variation the rules are bit more flexible than the European version however many players prefer the European game. The dealer is handed one card facing up and one card facing down compared to the European version were the dealer only has one card facing up. Also players are given the option to use the “surrender” rule anytime throught the game. Players are also allowed to double down on any hand and are not restricted to double down only for specific cards like the European version(9, 10 &11).

European Blackjack

European blackjack in one of the most popular versions that’s slightly different due to the following reasons. The game is always played with two decks of cards and the dealer must “hit” if the value of his cards equals to 16 or less. With this variation you can “split” however you can only do it once.  You can also double down only when you have 9, 10 or 11. The dealer is dealt only one card facing up and the surrender rule is not allowed in this version.

Single Hand Versus Multi Hand Blackjack

Single hand is played with one deck of cards and only one hand is played each time. If you are starting out in blackjack we recommend you play single hand as it’s easier than the multi hand version.

The Multi hand version of blackjack is aimed to more advanced players that are comfortable  and experienced at playing the classic version of blackjack. The main difference with this variation is that you are mutlitasking  and playing five hands at the same time, you are given 10 cards in total.  By playing this game you have more chances of winning money unless the dealer has a blackjack which will result in you losing everything. The game is confusing enough as it is and therefore in order to make it less confusing certain rules are applied that don’t apply to single hand blackjack. You can’t re-split at any time, you cant double up aftre splitting or double up when you have 9-10-11, you cant surrender and as for the dealer, he needs to stand on a soft 17. If you are a begginer you could give this a shot however we suggest you play a demo version of the game instead of depositing money as it’s quite a confusing game that requires experience and a lot of concentration.

Blackjack Switch

This is quite an interesting variation of blackjack that’s been popular recently.

When playing blackjack switch you are dealt two hands instead of one or five for the multihand version and you are allowed to switch cards from one hand to another which results in a very low house edge. Specifically players are allowed to swap the second card in order to get a better result. One of the main differences is that if a dealers hand is equal to 22 then this counts as a pushed hand and therefore you don’t win or lose unless you have a blackjack which means you win that hand. It’s dealt face up and its usually played with 6 or 8 decks of cards.


Pontoon is a british version of blackjack, the main objective is the same as the players hand needs to be 21 in order to win or as close as possible to 21 and not over. The main difference when playing pontoon is the number of cards you have, obviosuly if you exceed 21 then you get burned however if the value of your cards is 21 then you win and this is called a pontoon instead of a blackjack. The number of cards in  a single hand overides the overall card value. A hand of 5 cards that equals 21 of less will beat a blackjack, A hand of 3-4 cards that’s is equal to 21 will also beat a blackjack. So in other words the more cards you have the better as long as you don’t exceed 21.  Also another imprortant difference is that a player has the option of buying a card to increase the stake if the value of the cards is less than 21.



Blackjack Cheating Methods – What To Look Out For

In most of the casino games you will always find people that will try and cheat the system in order to make money. So in order to improve your blackjack skills you need to be aware of certain methods that other players might use against you or the dealer. It’s always good to acquire knowledge in these areas and this is why we decided to do a post on this, by all means this is not a guide that will teach how to cheat, it’s a post covering some common methods used to cheat the system, the players and the dealer.

When playing blackjack there’s a difference between using methods to cheat and using a strategy that could potentially help you win more money. Landbased casinos have used several ways throughout the history to monitor games and players in order to spot cheaters, and we have seen loads of cases in the past of players that became famous for cheating the system and either walking away with a lot of cash or getting caught in the act. Nowadays with all the latest technologies used it’s very difficult for someone to cheat but it’s still good to know about some common methods used to cheat the system.

One the most common terms you will hear when playing blackjack in “card counting”. Card counting and basic strategy are not cheating. Card counting is basically a way of memorizing and calculating the proportions of high and low cards during a blackjack game in order to determine whether the next card is likely to give you an advantage. Although this strategy is quite popular, not many players are capable of card counting as it’s very difficult to master this technique. It’s legal because card counters don’t rely on any external factors that will aid them to win, they just rely on their intelligence, efficiency, knowledge of the game and experience.

So there’s a fine line between what’s considered cheating and what’s not especially when it comes to card counting. As it was mentioned above as long as you rely on your own intelligence and don’t use any external factors to help you with your game then technically that’s not considered cheating. If you use and electronic device or marked cards etc which are clashed as devices that will help you cheat then that is cheating. Also the problem is that every casino is different so in some cases if the casino somehow discover that you are card counting (even if its not illegal) they could ban you from the casino for life however they cannot arrest you as technically you haven’t stolen anything or cheated so you are not braking the law.

Here are some other common ways of cheating when playing Blackjack


This is a very common form of cheating that has been used throughout the history of blackjack. Spooking is basically the process of spying on the dealer to find out the value of his cards and informing another member of the game. This usually happens with organized teams of individuals that play at different tables, one the team members is placed behind the dealer in order to view the value of the cards and then uses a “signal” to inform another player about the dealers hand.
The “signals” could be different to each team, as in there’s not a standard set of signals used to chat the dealer as it would be easily traceable. Usually the signals are determined before the game by the individuals that intend to cheat.

Card Marking

This is another common form of cheating during a blackjack game. Card marking is the process of marking the cards in order to spot them during the game and take appropriate action. There are several ways of card marking such as making tiny bumps, bends and scratches on the surface of the cards, using special ink that can be visible if wearing glasses and juice marks. All of these techniques and any other method used to mark cards is illegal.

Blackjack Cheating methods at Online Casinos

There are several methods and techniques used to cheat when playing at online casinos, these methods are not only used by players but by some rogue casinos as well. So before you sign up it’s always best to read reviews about the casino you join, make sure you do that before you deposit money. Sites like provide helpful information about online casinos and also list all the rogue ones that you need to avoid. The use of random number generated games is not advised as every program is different and you don’t have any evidence that the hand you will get is actually random. With RNG games blackjack bots have been used for a while now in order to reduce the house edge of the casino. Blackjack bots essentially work the same way as a really good an experienced blackjack player’s brain would. They record the input and calculate your next move. Overall it’s always best to stay clear of any cheating method, focus on building your skills and experience by playing demo versions of the games before you actually deposit money and don’t use any of the methods described above as they could result in you getting banned from casinos possibly arrested. We also recommend that you avoid RNG games, choose to play at casinos that offer live dealer blackjack games.

Top 11 Blackjack Tips For Beginners

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in world that is known as 21! Unlike most other casino games blackjack requires a combination of skill and luck, therefore it’s a game that requires concentration and experience. If you are a beginner before looking at these tips it’s strongly recommended that you read up on the basic rules of blackjack which can be found on our homepage. Apart from the basic strategy rules we have combined a list of  12 tips that could improve your skills and help you become a better player.

1) Practice playing blackjack online

In order to understand the game better you need to practice and learn how to play by using demo versions that don’t require you to deposit cash.  You can find tones of free blackjack games online for you to practice, also most live casinos usually have a free version that allows you to play without having to spend money. We strongly recommend trying all the options mentioned above before playing blackjack for money.

2) Blackjack basic strategy, learn the basics

Learn the blackjack basic strategy and try practicing it with the free demo versions of the game at live casinos, learn to apply the rules to your game. You can find out more about the blackjack basic strategy by heading to “ blackjack strategies section”.

3) Sort out a gambling budget

If you want to play with real money a good rule is to have a gambling budget. It’s often advised to keep that budget separate from your other money in case you want to overspend. If you have a dedicated budget at least you know that you won’t be tempted to spend more so it’s always good to decide how much money you are willing to spend and allocate a budget in advance.

4) Research the casinos before you deposit money

When playing online you should always do a bit of research before you sign up and deposit money to any casino. Read the reviews, visit forums and make sure the casino you are choosing to play blackjack with real money is established and has a good reputation.

5) Looking into the different software platforms

Many professional players always check the software of each casino before they play. It’s recommended that you do a bit of research on all the different platforms out there and choose the right one for you.

6) Use Progressive bets

Progressive betting can increase you chances of winning in some occasions. Increase you bets when you are constantly winning and reduce them when you are losing.

7) Play at casinos that have a live dealer version of blackjack

Live dealer blackjack is the most popular game at the moment. The advantage is that you are not playing against a machine that randomly generates numbers, you are playing against a real dealer in a casino or a studio. This gives players a sense of security as they can watch everything that goes on between them and the dealer.

8) Don’t rely on luck & gut feeling

Unlike most other casino game blackjack is game that combines luck and skill. So it’s really important to improve your skills if you want to make money in the long term and not rely on your gut feeling while playing.

9) Choose the right table

Blackjack tables differ from casino to casino and some have high stake limits while other have low. For example you should not sit at a table where the minimum bet exceeds 10% of the money you are willing to spend as you could spend your budget in no time!

10) Look into bonuses

Pick the right bonus! One of the advantages of our site is that we provide exclusive blackjack bonuses to help you kick start your game. Most casinos provide sign up bonuses that will tempt you to sign up however its always good to do a bit of research first in order to pick the right bonus.

11) Look out for blackjack game variations

Watch out for blackjack game variations. Blackjack can be slightly different from casino to casino, for example “super fun 21” is a variation of blackjack. It’s always good to make sure you know the rules of each game before you proceed and play with your money.

Last but not least enjoy the game!

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