Online Blackjack Games

Blackjack is a popular gambling game at online blackjack sites in which the goal is to create a hand that beats the dealer's hand without surpassing 21. In a standard game of blackjack, 1 to 8 decks are used, cards 2 through 10 are worth points at face value, and face cards are worth 10 points. Aces can be worth 1 point or 11 points at the player's discretion.

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There are a number of blackjack variations with rule changes, side bets, bonuses and payout structure adjustments. These variations include:

Super Fun 21 Blackjack

In Super Fun 21, you'll receive even money instead of a 3:2 payout for beating the dealer with blackjack. However, you can double after a split, and resplit to up to four hands. You instantly win if you have six or more cards and a score of 20 or lower. If you receive blackjack with 5 or more cards, or if your blackjacks consists of diamonds, you'll receive a 2:1 payout.

Spanish 21 Blackjack

Spanish 21 (aka Pontoon) is a very popular blackjack variation that's played with 6 or 8 decks, with all of the 10 cards removed. Players can double following a split and with any number of cards. Aces may be resplit. Player blackjack beats any dealer hand, and a $1,000 bonus is paid to players with 7-7-7 suited so long as the dealer is showing a 7. If you bet $25 or more, the bonus is boosted to $5,000.

Match Play 21 Blackjack

Similar to Spanish 21, Match Play 21 Blackjack is played without 10s. This game is very favorable for players among other online blackjack games and variations, as it offers bonuses for certain hands. The best possible hand, which pays 40:1, includes 7-7-7 suited when the dealer also has a 7 showing. Other strong hands include 7-7-7 spades (3:1 payout ratio) and 6-7-8 suited (2:1 payout ratio).

Atlantic City Blackjack

In this online blackjack game variation, the dealer must stand with a score between 17 and 21, and draw with any lower score. Players may double or split any beginning hand. Doubles are allowed after splits, though resplits are not. After splitting aces, you may only hit once per hand. Blackjack pays 1.5:1. As with Match Play 21, Atlantic City Blackjack is one of the most favorable online blackjack game variations for players.

Perfect Pairs Blackjack

This online blackjack variation allows the player to make a side bet called the Perfect Pairs bet, which must be made at the same time as the initial wager. You'll win the side bet with one of the following starting hands:

  • Perfect Pair - two identical cards, which is possible as the game uses 6 decks.
  • Colored Pair - two cards with the same color and value.
  • Mixed Pair - a black card and a red card, both with identical values.

Bonus Blackjack

Identical to standard blackjack, except that surrenders are not allowed and certain bonus bets are optional. These bonus bets, which correspond to starting hands, include:

  • Ace and Jack of Spades - 50 to 1 payout
  • Suited Ace and Jack - 25 to 1 payout
  • Any suited cards - 5 to 2 payout

Doublet Blackjack

This online blackjack game variation allows for up to two bonus bets: the 21 bet and the 77 bet. The 21 bet is a wager on receiving blackjack as your first two cards. It pays 19 to 1. The 77 bet is a wager that you'll receive a 7 as one or more of your first three cards. Payouts include:

  • 7 - 8 to 1
  • 77 - 40 to 1
  • 777 - 250 to 1

Blackjack Surrender

Vegas Strip Blackjack is the closest cousin to this online blackjack game variation, except for a few important rules: Players may only split once, and draw no more than one card after splitting aces. You win automatically when you receive seven cards, except when the dealer has blackjack.

Triple 7's Blackjack

Triple 7's Blackjack is one of a few online blackjack games and variations that offers progressive jackpots. Before every round, players must pay a bet into the progressive jackpot. Splits are only allowed with two identically ranked cards, and five decks are used. If you receive 7-7-7 diamonds, you'll receive the progressive jackpot. Other smaller bonuses are awarded for hands such as 7-7-7 suited, 7-7 unsuited and even a single 7.

California Blackjack

California Blackjack is mainly found in live casinos in California, making it a rare online blackjack game variation. 6 standard decks and 6 jokers are used. Jokers may be worth 2 or 12 points at the player's discretion. Receiving two jokers pays 2:1. If the dealer has a joker as a face up card, he will reveal his other card, finishing the hand. In this case, you'll lose if your score is less than 21, or if the dealer's revealed card is also a joker.

Blackjack Switch

You're required to place two identical bets at the start of this online blackjack game variation, in which players start with two hands. If the dealer shows an Ace, he'll peek at his other card for blackjack, which causes all players without a blackjack of their own to lose. Players can strengthen their hands by swapping the second card dealt to each of their two hands. Switching to make 21 is not considered an official blackjack, but rather a score of 21.

Ante Up 21 Blackjack

This online blackjack game variation mixes blackjack with the rules of poker. Each player makes two bets at the start of each round: a blackjack bet and a poker ante bet. The blackjack bet must meet or exceed the poker ante bet. Each player receives two cards, and must decide between placing another bet on their poker hand or forfeiting the poker ante bet. Ante Up 21's blackjack portion is played the same way as standard blackjack.

For the dealer's poker hand to qualify, he must have at least a Queen. If the dealer does not, players receive even money payouts on their ante bets. Your goal is to complete a poker hand stronger than the dealer's poker hand, and flushes and straights do not count.

Double Exposure Blackjack

This online blackjack game variation is named for the fact that the dealer is required to show both of his or her cards. This player advantage is offset by the fact that the dealer wins ties, except when the player has a natural blackjack. Players can only split once, though they can double down with any starting hand at most online casino sites.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack

In Vegas Downtown Blackjack, two decks are used and players can double with all hands. Doubling is allowed after a split except when aces are split. The dealer hits on 17, late surrenders are allowed, and ties are pushed.

Pontoon Blackjack

Pontoon Blackjack is different from Pontoon, another name for Spanish 21. Both dealer cards are facedown, and the dealer wins pushes. Players must stand with 15 or greater and hit with 14 or less. The dealer may not check his hand until betting is complete on the part of the players. Player 21 beats dealer 21. Players may hit following a double down, and you instantly win 2 to 1 money if you have five cards.

Blackjack Diamond

This game, much like the Doublet Blackjack online blackjack game variation, offers a 21 and a 77 side bet. Winning the 21 bet pays 19 to 1, but requires a natural blackjack. The 77 bet has an identical payout structure to that used in Doublet Blackjack. Blackjack with suited diamonds gives a higher payout than a normal blackjack which pays even money.

European Blackjack

Dealers are not allowed to take an additional card until all players stand in this online blackjack game variation.

Vegas Strip Blackjack

Vegas Strip Blackjack uses four or more decks. Dealers must stand on 17, and players may split all pairs up to four hands. Doubling is allowed after splits. Splits are also allowed on pairs of 10-point cards as long as they differ in rank, such as King and 10.

Three Card Blackjack

As with Ante Up 21, this online blackjack game variation includes a blackjack hand and a poker hand, in this case consisting of three cards. Bets are handled separately, and do not affect one another. The dealer's poker hand will not qualify unless his blackjack hand exceeds 17. You're paid 1 to 1 when your poker hand beats the dealer's.

Double Attack Blackjack

This online blackjack game variation is similar to Spanish 21 in that all 10s are removed from the decks. The dealer wins all pushes, and players receive even money for blackjack. Players are allowed to boost the size of their wagers after viewing the dealer's up-card. Players may place a side bet on whether the dealer will bust upon receiving his third card. Payouts for this side bet are based on the value of the card with which the dealer busts, ranging from 15 to 1 for busting with 6, to a 3 to 1 payout if he busts with 10.