Blackjack remains the top popular casino table game. This game is quite straightforward, and unless one counts cards, the probability of a newbie player and a seasoned player in winning a round is just about the same. There are numerous Blackjack variants, all with different rules and house edges. Nevertheless, there are still fair and winnable blackjack variants open for play.
Blackjack Switch is a newer variant that is credible enough to have a following. In the last quarter of 2018, Scientific Games introduced two new Blackjack variants that are quite promising.
U-Turn Blackjack Variant
This new variant is not exactly “new” as it is played in similarity with Push 22. The big difference is the use of a smart shoe. U-Turn Blackjack has the same basic Blackjack rules but with a twist. The game begins with the players’ bets, including side bets. Two cards will then be dealt to the dealer and the players, with the one of the dealer’s cards face up. The shuffler is fitted with an electronic card reader as the playing cards are bar-coded. Basically, the shuffler will indicate how many face-down cards the dealer has to deal to himself. The players will then know the total number of dealt cards when the shuffler signals the dealer when to stop dealing. After all these, the game resumes as a standard Blackjack game.
Vegas Blackjack Fever Variant
Vegas Blackjack Fever is a variant that make use of a hit on soft 17, and Push 22. It is played with 2, 6, or 8 decks of cards and featured the optional Precious Diamonds bonus or side bet. The game opens with the optional side bet and standard Blackjack bet of two dealt cards. If the dealer hits on soft 17, all players may split hands including the Aces, for up to three times to make four hands.
Players are permitted to double down on all hands including Aces after hitting or splitting. If the total is equivalent to the entire bet of the hand, players are allowed to do 2-3 double down. With two or more cards on any hand, all players are also permitted to surrender one half of the total bet.
Winning hands include any hand that has not been doubled and has a total of 20 or less with 6 cards. A hand that has not been doubled and has a total of 21 or less with 5 or more cards also wins.
In the event that both dealer and player hit a Blackjack, the player wins. In the event the dealer hits 22, this hand becomes a push for all players, with a pay ratio of 5:2.
Not every online casino player is keen on playing Blackjack though. It is a good thing that other casino table games such as poker, are also offered.