Blackjack is an extremely popular form of table game found throughout the world, and its popularity has led to the creation of numerous derivatives of the purist form of the game.
These derivatives can be found both in the land-based casino and online casinos with the likes of Unibet, and here is an example of three such forms.
Vegas Strip Blackjack
This form of Blackjack is one of the most popular because it has a house edge of 0.34%. The reduced house edge comes because the game is only played with four decks. The other minor rule changes are if you split aces and hit a ten, then you have scored 21 - but not a Blackjack - and the dealer stands on soft 17.
Double Exposure Blackjack
Double Exposure Blackjack has one of the worst house edges of any derivative standing at 0.69%. This form of Blackjack is played with eight decks, and you get to see both of the dealer’s hole cards. Although this may seem like a dream come true, the rules are changed to create the house edge of 0.69%. The dealer will win all ties, except on Blackjack, which pays 1 to 1, doubles are only permitted on limited card combos and all player wins, including Blackjack are 1 to 1.
This game is a totally different beast than any other form of Blackjack because it is played with eight Spanish decks each containing 48 cards. So where are the other four cards? The decks have had their tens removed, which gives the house a huge edge, if you don’t know how to turn this into your favour. In Spanish Blackjack you can be paid 3:2 for hitting 21 with five cards, 2:1 if you do the same with six cards and 3:1 if you manage to do it with seven cards.