Rules Variation

Blackjack Rules Variation

If you’re reading this, then you must already know Blackjack and its rules. From the hit to the stand to the surrender, you already have a robust knowledge. All you have to do is take a table, sit down with a brimming confidence, and get the dealer to hit you and bam! You just got a Blackjack. All right, winner, you have it all figured out. But before you can go claim yourself the king of the 21s, you have to at least know the variation of rules in Blackjack.

Types of Blackjack Games

Types of Blackjack Games

You might ask, “Variations of rules in blackjack?! Isn’t it just flip here, flip there and get the 21?” In its truest form, blackjack is all about hitting the blackjack or something lower than 21 but higher than the opponent or dealer. But there are those who feel blackjack’s rules are open for manipulation and as such has been turned into variation of rules. It is also determined by law or regulations in other casinos. It’s not really necessary to master them all but it pays to know all of them or at least some of them. Why you may ask? Because if someone decides to challenge your expertise in blackjack with a rule variation, at least you know what they’re talking about. So let’s get to it and know the variations:

1.       Resplitting

You know the rule of splitting when you get a pair of the same card? Well, what if your new hand, by luck, gets another pair? You can resplit. Now, it happens rarely but still, if Lady Luck decided to give you a new pair with the new hand, you can resplit them for more hands. Just like Splitting, Resplitting administers the same rules.

2.       No double after the split

Some blackjack games lets you double when you have two split hands. But for this rule variation, you’re not allowed to double. What this means is if you get a certain hand with your new split hand that induces a double, you can’t double your bet for that.

3.       Dealers wins ties

Sometimes, you’ll get ties with the dealer. If you hit 21 and he hits 21, it’s a draw. But in this rule variation, you’re the loser if you get a tie because the dealer wins all ties. It’s a bit unfair but then again, you won’t see this used in standard blackjack. It’s mostly used for blackjack in charity.

4.       Number of decks

Some blackjack games use a variation of the number of the decks being used. The fewer the decks, the more players have the edge of getting more winnings. But the more decks used, the less players have the edge of more winnings. This then increases the advantages of the casino and therefore the dealer, to keep their advantage up. This is related to the regulation or law on casino games so casinos still have to keep themselves in check.

5.       The late and early surrender

Surrendering is the option of giving up your hand. You’ll lose half your bet but still keep the other half. There are two variations of this rule: late and early. When you do the late surrender, the dealer must first check if there’s blackjack if his first card is an ace or a ten. From there he’ll offer the option to surrender. When you do the early surrender, you’ll give up on the hand BEFORE he checks for blackjack. The early surrender has been largely removed from most blackjack games but it’s still being used in others.

6.       Hit and/or resplit your Aces

If you happen on an Ace, you can resplit it. But there are a few rule variations of these such as after splitting the aces, you can only deal one card with each new hand after which you can’t do any more options with them or you can resplit the aces.

7.       Alternate payout

Some casinos will payout higher or lower than the usual standard payout when giving the winnings to the player in blackjack. Some casinos usually do this to increase their advantage but it may damage the player especially to his winnings. This is used in single deck games and video blackjacks.

8.       No hole card

This variation prevents the dealer from checking his second card until after the players have made their options known. This can be a bit risky too since you don’t know if the dealer makes a winning or a losing combo. This is also known as dealer blackjack.

9.       OBO – Original Bets Only

Functions similarly to No hole card except: if a player loses to the dealer, the original bet (meaning the initial bet he made) is given back but the optional bets (like doubles and splits) are kept. Hence the name “original bets only”.


So these are the rule variations of blackjack. While it’s not necessary to master all of them, it’s good to know all of them. That way, when someone wants to play blackjack with one or two or more of these rule variations in place, you’ll know what to do.