Blackjack game is popular in many countries all over the world. That is why lots of different game's variations were developed. Each of them has its own peculiarities and odds of winning so if you want to play blackjack professionally, you should know all of them. But remember: learn blackjack variations after learning perfectly all the rules and basic blackjack strategy.

Standard Blackjack

Standard blackjack is the game which most online casinos offer for their players. This game variation is played with 6 decks. The payout is 3:2. The dealer hits the soft 17. The insurance is permitted and pays 2:1.

European Blackjack

Most online casinos offer this game's variation. European blackjackis played with 8 decks and requires the dealer to stand on 17. That is why the player can't double down except when the cards total is 9, 10 and 11. The payout and all other rules are similar to those of standard blackjack.

Spanish 21

The main peculiarity of Spanish 21 is that there are no tens in the decks. The player can double down at any time. There are also bonus hands which can be won by the player if he doesn't split or double down. If the player gets three 7's in one hand, he can achieve a Match Play and win 40 to 1.


This blackjack version is played primarily in Europe in UK. The combination of a 10 and Ace is called Pontoon and not a Blackjack: the payout is 3:2. If the player hits 5 cards without busting, this considers a pontoon either. One more important thing one should know about pontoon is that the dealer wins every time when there is a tie. The dealer doesn't open his cards and the player should hit if he has 14 or even les. The dealer should hit if he has soft 17.