Viw Magazine


  • Written by Rebecca Davis-Elliot


Of all the different types of casino games and, indeed, different types of casino players, blackjack and its aficionados are perhaps the most interesting. There is a constant argument over whether the game is one of skill or luck. The latter is undoubtedly a part of the game; after all, the result does depend on the random chance of the turning of a card. But the former element, skill, does have a part to play, at least according to top players.

Indeed, blackjack is one of the few games with which top players believe they have an advantage over the house. That’s the reason you hear those media stories of players being banned for being too good. Typically, they are using a card counting strategy, which they believe eradicates the house edge and perhaps even swings the pendulum in their favour.

Card counting is not – contrary to popular belief – illegal, unethical or, indeed, difficult. You simply use a system to keep track of the cards coming out of the deck; as easy as training yourself to remember a phone number. Different rules, however, can impact the effectiveness of your strategy. Indeed, not only will you see different styles in each country, such as New Zealand style blackjack, but from casino to casino too. The most important thing you can do, therefore, is to read the rules of each variant before you play.

Below we are going to take a quick look at some of the different rules and variants, and see how they match up:

Blackjack Switch

Perhaps the perfect game for strategy-based card counters. Basically, you play with two hands, allowing you to swap the top cards to increase your chances of winning. The trade-off for this advantage is that the dealer goes bust only if he/she hits 23 or above (usually 22). If the dealer hits 22, then a push (draw) is called with stakes returns.

Double Exposure Blackjack

How do you entirely even the odds in blackjack? By seeing the dealers’ cards, of course. That’s what happens in the rarely seen Double Exposure Blackjack. The downside for this game is that all the usual weaponry the player is usually afforded – splits, doubles, insurance, - are absent.

Pontoon

The game of pontoon sometimes gets confused as the British version of classic blackjack. In fact, it’s altogether its own variant. More aggressive than blackjack typically, the player can make bets after seeing their first card. There is also the allure of the five-card-trick, where a player wins double the bet when having any hand scoring under 21 with five cards.

Blackjack Surrender

We are now getting into the games for real strategists. Blackjack Surrender allows you the chance to give up your hand and take back half your bet if you don’t feel you are likely to win. Doesn’t sound very attractive, right? But many players believe they play the percentages by folding on undesirable hands, like 16, and cutting their losses by talking back half their stake.

Quantum Blackjack

A new variant of blackjack available at online casinos. Created by casino games developing giant Playtech, Quantum Blackjack fuses tech and classic gaming to offer, arguably, a more exciting experience. In a nutshell, the game has a separate RNG (random number generator) that can boost your winnings by up to 1000 times. The trade-off for this one is similar to Blackjack Switch. However, Quantum Blackjack has taken off in a big way, available to play as a virtual game or a live dealer one online.


The Viw Magazine

Sick and Tired of Your Dead End Job? Try Teaching!

Tired of the same old grind at the office? Want an opportunity to impact lives both in your community and around the world? Do you love to travel and have new experiences? Teaching English is the perf...

News Company - avatar News Company

LifeStyle

A Woodworking Projects for Beginners: The Humble Chopping Board

There’s no doubt that building something from scratch offers a suite of rewards – whether you...

5 Ways to Pick the Perfect Wedding Ring

Wedding bells are ringing, and you are starting to develop butterfly effects inside your tummy. ...

Parents, These FAQs Will Help You Prep for Childcare in Australia

If you’re a new immigrant in Australia, perhaps you have plenty of questions about childhood edu...

A Quick Guide to Hemp Fabric

Hemp fabric, as some might already know, is a versatile textile made from fibres from the stalks o...

CBD



News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion