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Identifying the Key Aspects of Blackjack Variations

By: Fabian Rictor, Thursday January 9th 2014
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People who are fans of blackjack can tell you that there are several different styles of blackjack. Each individual style is made up of variations to a standard set of rules, and each rule change alters the potential payout rate and the correct strategies of the game. If you want to perform well at blackjack games, you have to be able to identify the key aspects of the particular blackjack variation that you're playing and how you'll need to adjust your strategies based on that information. If you can't do that, then you'll never achieve a high payout rate, but here we'll show you some examples.

Blackjack Surrender is a very popular style of blackjack that is available at Playtech-powered online casinos. The key feature of this game is that you're allowed to surrender in a wide number of circumstances, and this allows you to improve your payout rate in a few key situations where you would normally be at a very large disadvantage. By making these disadvantages smaller through the use of the surrender option, your overall payout rate will increase. With that having been said, there's a trap that some people fall into where they surrender too often and sacrifice a lot of value in the process.

Single-deck blackjack is another great example of a style of blackjack where you'll need to make particular adjustments. Since there is only one deck being used, you can often make specific plays based on not only the total of your hand but the actual cards that are used to make your hand. Even though the deck is shuffled after each hand, there's still enough information to change how you should play in a number of key scenarios, and that's why single-deck blackjack usually offers the best payout rate of any blackjack game on the Internet.

Our final example is European blackjack. The key rule change for European-style blackjack is that the dealer never peeks for blackjack. Normally if the dealer has an ace or ten up and has peeked, you are told that they do not have blackjack once it's your turn to make a decision. This means that you don't have to worry about losing a double bet with a split or double as often. In European blackjack, the dealer doesn't peek, so you should be very careful about doubling or splitting against a ten or against an ace.

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