There are many blackjack games in casinos, but should you play them all? Learn why casinos create these games and how they drain your bankroll with Mr Blackjack.
Over the years many different blackjack games have been created. Players assume they're all the same, but I have a story I want to share with you on this.
I’m 21 years old, walking through Harrah’s Casino in Vegas. And I blow $300 in about 20 minutes playing this game that looked exciting, but I had no idea how to play and what the house edge was.
The dealer probably noticed that I felt helpless, and he leans in and says to me, 'Stay away from the "carnie" games. Stick to blackjack, your odds are better.'
I was young and stupid and didn’t know what a carnie game was. A carnie game is a flashy game that draws you in with next to no chance of winning.
In this series, we’re going to show you games that may be fun to play, but when you alter the blackjack rules, the house edge sky-rockets. If you're looking to profit from your gameplay, you should avoid them at all costs.
The other reason we created this series is that I want to teach you why the house edge is increasing based on some of these common rule changes in blackjack variations:
- When the dealer busts
- When the dealer hits
- When cards are removed from the deck
All of this affects the odds of the game. By understanding why some cards are more important than others or why some rules are crucial to a player's edge, you'll be able to apply all this knowledge to card counting and start making smarter decisions at the blackjack table faster.
What this lesson covers
- How rule changes affect the house edge
- Whether you should play blackjack variants
- How these games affect your odds of winning
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- What is the best version of blackjack?
For players, the best version is a single deck game with lenient blackjack rules. This makes it easy for you to count cards, and you can maximize your payouts easily when you have the advantage in the game.
- Will I find every blackjack variant in casinos?
You will find the most popular blackjack variants at brick-and-mortar casinos, along with exclusive versions the casinos have invented themselves. If you want a greater range of blackjack games, online casinos generally offer a broader choice.
- What is classic blackjack?
Classic blackjack is another name for the traditional game of 21. The objective and gameplay remains the same, and no cards have been removed from the deck.
- How many versions of blackjack are there?
Taking exclusive games into account, there are over 100 different types of blackjack games available. Online casinos host a majority of these titles.
- Do online casinos offer blackjack variations?
Online casinos offer more blackjack variations than brick-and-mortar casinos. Space is no issue for online gambling sites, plus they can provide more options to players with their live dealer blackjack and video blackjack versions.
- Do I need to know the basic rules and objective to blackjack to play these other versions?
You must know the rules and aim of blackjack to understand how these versions differ, and how it affects your gameplay. Our lesson on Blackjack Basics from season one of Blackjack Academy covers the essentials.
- Where do these different blackjack games originate?
Casinos worldwide will occasionally create their own version of blackjack to entice players. Over time some versions have been a hit with players, which encouraged casinos to incorporate the game at their tables. Vegas blackjack and Power blackjack are two versions that have gained worldwide success.