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So many people – so many faces
So many countries – so many blackjacks

As blackjack is the world-wide card game which is popular and loved in different countries all over the world, there is no surprise that in about 100 blackjack variations exist now. While travelling all over the world, blackjack gave a birth to many its “relatives” which were no less popular than their “father”. Each nation can play blackjack games though the point of the game is still the same: to beat a casino out of its money and prove yourself once again that you are a real winner.

The most popular variations to play blackjack games are the following:


This is the English brother of blackjack which is very popular in the UK and is played with a little bit different rules: if blackjack has one dealer’s card faced up and another one – faced down, pontoon dealers have both their cards faced down.

Please, to do mix English pontoon up with Australian one. Though the names are the same, these two games completely differ from each other: Australian pontoon is considered to be the unlicensed version of Spanish 21.

Chinese Blackjack

This variant of conventional blackjack has many fans in Asia. Chinese Blackjack is also called to be Ban-Luck and is played by any number of players, one of whom can be a dealer. Dealers can change each other during a game, so the matter is the following: all players can be also dealers one by one. This blackjack variation is played with one or two standard card decks of 52 cards; during a game all cards are opened.

Spanish 21

This blackjack variant is owned by Colorado gaming publishing company and considered to be a more liberal variant of blackjack as it has much more choices for players during the game. Spanish 21 is played without any 10’s in a deck, so only 48-card decks are used to play this game (usually 6 or 8 decks are used for this game).

Blackjack Switch

This game allows a player to split his two cards and play with two hands by having an opportunity to put together top cards of both hands. For example, if a player has a hand of 10 + 5 and a hand of 10 + 6, he has an opportunity to put two 10’s together and have 10 + 10 and 5 + 6 as a result. There are equal bets for both hands at Blackjack Switch, and it is usually played with 6 or 8 decks of cards though there are some variants in Russia when it is possible to play Blackjack Switch with 4 decks.

Vegas Strip Blackjack

This variation is the second popular one after the traditional blackjack. It is played with 4 decks of cards and has some nuances for a player. For example, if a player splits an Ace and gets a 10’s after that, it will not be blackjack but just 21; so, if a dealer has a blackjack and a player has 21 – a dealer will become a winner of course.

Elimination Blackjack

In fact, Elimination Blackjack is a blackjack tournament which takes place either at a casino or on-line on the Internet. The one interesting aspect of Elimination Blackjack is the fact that you can make one secret bet during the game and the minimum bet is $500. Here a player has less time to think because a decision should be made very quickly: 25 seconds are given for making a decision, many players sit at the table and only an elimination hand gives an opportunity to increase the time of thinking up to 45 seconds.

Perfect Pairs Blackjack

This blackjack variant is very popular all over the world. You become a winner when your first two dealt cards are a pair. This pair can be perfect (two identical cards – two 8’s of spades for example), colored (two identical cards of the same color – i.e. 8’s of spades and 8’s of clubs) and mixed (two identical cards of different color – 8’s of spades and 8’s of hearts for example).



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