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Blackjack baby! I love this game. Most players I've come across are only
familiar with the general variety played.


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blackjack, european blackjack, atlantic city blackjack, double exposure
blackjack, online blackjack


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Blackjack baby! I love this game. Most players I've come across are only
familiar with the general variety played. But, that's not all there is.
Blackjack is a diverse game with a rich history. As such, they are
different variations of the game-even if subtle ones.

Before playing any game of Blackjack (or any casino game) it's important
to know the rules and the payouts. Nothing could be worse than having a
huge bet out there and being told that you can't do something, like split
Aces and hit. That's the pits. Know the game before you play. Ask if you
must. Online Blackjack is easier, because all the rules are usually just
a click away. And the rules are vital if you plan on playing some sort of
system. Not all systems are universal.

One variation of Blackjack is European Blackjack. It's played with two
decks. Unlike some places on the Las Vegas Strip (unless they offer this
variation), the dealer must stand on a soft 17. Oh, and here's a big
difference. You can only double down on 9 and 11. That's right. So, if
you have an Ace and an 8 with the dealer showing a 6, you can't double.

For most people, this limitation is no big deal. But, it can be tough to
swallow for the more aggressive player. Another aggressive player killer
is the fact that you can't double down after a split no matter what. In
this version of Blackjack, the house has a 0.39% advantage.

Moving on, we come to Atlantic City Blackjack. This version of Blackjack
is always played with eight decks via a shoe. As with Euro Blackjack, the
dealer must stand on soft 17. And that's how Downtown Las Vegas plays it
too. Splitting is allowed, but only up to three hands. And you can double
on the first two cards after splitting too.

Another interesting option is late surrender, which is allowed in the
Atlantic City version. The house advantage is slightly lower at 0.35%.

And that brings us to Double Exposure Blackjack, which is a crowd
favorite-at least at first. You can see both dealer cards. Easy win
right? Not so fast. The dealer wins all ties. Yep, no pushes, you just
lose. It's the price to pay for knowing what the dealer has.
Another feature that I don't personally like is Blackjack payouts only
paying even money. There's no bonus at all, which kind of ruins the game
for me. The game is played with a shoe that holds 8 decks and the dealer
hits on soft 17.

Even though the dealer shows both cards, the house advantage nearly
doubles the previous two versions we talked about. It's 0.69%.

				
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