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Over the years many inventors have come up with new variants for the classic blackjack game. Some have been popular, like Spanish 21, while others have failed. The main things that make a game successful are ease of play, excitement and the house edge. When you find a new game, make sure you read all of the house rules and restrictions. It helps if you can find a how-to guide online, but sometimes the urge to play can’t be ignored.

Super Fun 21

One blackjack variant that is quite popular is Super Fun 21. You’ll find the game a lot of fun if you enjoy the options many blackjack games used to offer, and some fun rules like Five-Card Charlie that you might have seen in home games. The game is usually played with a single deck, and like standard blackjack the dealer hits a soft 17

The best thing about the game is the expanded player options:

  • Split pairs up to four times
  • Re-split aces up to four hands
  • Double down on any number of cards
  • Late Surrender allowed even after hits, splits and doubles
  • 20 or 21 with six or more cards always wins except as a double
  • 21 with five cards or more always wins except as a double and pays 2 to 1
  • Natural blackjack always wins even if the dealer has a blackjack too

The odds are still with the house on this game (at about 1.15%) since player blackjacks pay even money, not 3 for 2. There is an exception, and that is when the blackjack is suited in diamonds, which pays 2 to 1.

Although it appears the player has unlimited options, there are times when doubling-down with multiple cards is bad, not good. Following Basic Strategy is a good start, but be wary of automatically doubling against a 10 or an ace. Obviously when the game is found in single-deck variety a card-counter can decrease the house edge by using their true count to make double down decisions. However, the size of the house edge cannot be overcome with even an Advanced Point Count. However, even experienced players will enjoy playing Super Fun 21.

Zappit Blackjack

This is a game currently found at several online casinos. It started on Bovada, but many casinos now offer it. It plays like standard blackjack but has a special Zappit feature. Like Super Fun 21, the dealer hits a soft 17, but here a natural blackjack pays the standard 3 for 2.

Other Rules for Zappit

  • Split pairs up to three hands
  • Double down on any two cards
  • No re-split of aces – they receive one card each
  • Late Surrender allowed after viewing first two cards
  • Special Zappit Option on original two cards totaling 15, 16 and 17

The big feature of Zappit is the option to zap away your 15, 16 or 17 when the dealer has a big card showing. Pressing the Zappit button automatically exchanges your two bad cards for two new ones. With hope they are better for you.

In exchange for this feature, the house holds a special 22-push rule. The game was developed by Geoff Hall, the inventor of Blackjack Switch. And, like Switch, when the dealer hits out to exactly 22, instead of busting and paying the remaining players, anyone who still has a wager in action (those that haven’t already busted) will not win or lose. Instead the hand is a push. This is a healthy exchange and makes up for the Zappit feature.

A two-card player hand of 15, 16 or 17 is certainly not good, and giving your two cards a Zap is a good idea. Even a pair of 8’s should be Zapped with the exception of the times when the dealer is showing a 6 or a 7, then they should be split.

The game is found in a couple different varieties of 6 and 8 decks, where the house edge is about .75%. Online you’ll find that a Zapped blackjack pays 1 to 1, but surrender is allowed after a Zap. That increases the house edge to just below what is seen at Super Fun 21 – at around 1.05%.

 

 

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