What are Blackjack Side Bets?

  In order to attract more players, majority of the online casinos provide different types of side bets in the game of classic blackjack.  Apart from encouraging the players to participate, these side bets also allow the casinos to improve their winning edge.  These seemingly innocuous side bets allow the players to wager with a small amount in lieu of winning a large amount which is not available in normal bets. It is of common knowledge that casinos have very little house edge for blackjack ranging between half to one percent.  This advantage for the players can be a loss maker for a casino if they follow sound basic blackjack game play.  In order to counter this and to improve their profitability, side bets were introduced into this game. New additions of side bets are regularly introduced by the casinos in classic blackjack as well as in the other variants of the same game.  In this article we will go through some of...
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Vegas Strip Blackjack

There was a time, till 1950s, when most of the casinos in Las Vegas were known for providing different variants of Blackjack to their customers.  These variants were governed by the “Las Vegas Strip Rules” and the best thing about these rules was that house edge of these games was lower than 0.1 percent.  Majority of the players visiting the casinos on the strip opted to play Classic Blackjack which is played with a single deck with a payout of 3:2. Due to the advent of card counting techniques, these casinos were forced to make some changes in the original Blackjack rules thus giving birth to the new variants of Blackjack which use different numbers of playing card decks usually ranging from six to eight decks.  This change not only made card counting more difficult but it also increased the house advantage for this game from 0.58 to 0.61 percent. Vegas Strip Blackjack is one of such variants born during that era. ...
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Spanish 21 Blackjack

Out of the all the Blackjack variants currently available on online casinos and in the land based casinos; Spanish 21 Blackjack can be considered as the most popular one.  Majority of beginners usually get confused and consider Spanish 21 Blackjack as another card game with no relation to classic Blackjack.  In reality this game is just one of the variant of Blackjack and follows same rules with some additional features.   It must be taken into account while opting between these two most popular casino card games that both come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Difference between Blackjack and Spanish 21 Blackjack  The basic layout of the Spanish 21 Blackjack is just like that of a classic Blackjack.  The only difference you will find when you visit a casino is that the layout for the former clearly indicates the game as Spanish 21.  The “Bonus 21 Payouts” as well as “Match the Dealer” are visible being printed on the layout. This game is...
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Blackjack Surrender

There can be no contradiction to the fact that Blackjack is the most popular game played at both online and land based casinos.  If Poker is considered to be the king of card games then Blackjack is the undisputed queen.  There are multiple Blackjack variants available on online as well as land based casinos.  These variants vary depending upon the rules followed by casinos based upon their location and services but the gist of the game still remains the same.  The most common Blackjack variants are Pontoon Blackjack Classic Blackjack Blackjack Switch Blackjack Surrender In this article we will specifically discuss the Blackjack Surrender. What is Blackjack Surrender? Even though there are millions of blackjack enthusiasts but there are only a few who clearly understand the concept of Blackjack Surrender.  First of all this variant of blackjack is the same old classic blackjack game but with an extra option which allows a player to fold his or her hand thus only forfeiting half of...
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Pontoon Blackjack Card Game

Pontoon Blackjack is an extremely popular casino card game around the globe. According to wikipedia: Pontoon is a name shared by two distinct card games, both blackjack variants. For those in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, pontoon is a card game similar to match play 21 or Spanish 21, while in the UK, a game of pontoon holds closer to the traditional blackjack rules, but can be quickly distinguished by the verbal usage of the terms "twist" and "stick" How to play Pontoon Blackjack Usually, 52 cards are utilised for playing Blackjack online games. In online Blackjack, your goal would be to have a hand of 21, or perhaps as near as, and not any higher, yet defeat the dealers hand. There might be variation in the value of the cards in an online Blackjack game. The values of the cards from 2 to 9 are considered as they are and the valuation of an ace could be possibly 1 or 11. The King, Queen, or...
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Classic Blackjack

Blackjack is believed to be the most well-known casino game all over the world. Originally, it was called as twenty one which is a kind of game that was first referenced to Don Quixote writer Miguel Cervantes’s short story in 1601 in Spain. The classic blackjack is a very exciting and fun online casino game in which your main objective here is to achieve a higher point than the dealer but at the same time without going over 21, which also known as bust or busting. The game of Classic Blackjack starts with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The main goal is to attempt to achieve a Blackjack hand, which is the strongest hand in this game and cannot be defeated but can only be matched. Such a hand happens when the player’s cards includes a face card and an Ace. Keep in mind that all face cards should be King’s, Queen’s and Jack’s that have a value of...
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Blackjack Switch

Blackjack switch is a popular shedding-type card game for 2 or more players. The game is popular in the United Kingdom and other major regions in the world. The cards with the hearts are often the dominant suit in the game. If two players have a pontoon and whereby one has clubs and the other one has hearts, the other person with the hearts wins. By discarding all of the cards in a player's hand; the 1st player to play the final card, and has no cards left ultimately wins the game. Switch is similar to the games Mau Mau, UNO and Flaps Card Game, which belong to the bigger Crazy Eights or the Shedding family of the card games. How to play Blackjack switch A player selects a chip by clicking on it and then clicking on the bet area to increase the bet by the chip amount. Each click on the bet area raises the bet while every right-click reduces...
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