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There isn’t just one way to play blackjack – there are several ways. There could be one deck in the shoe, or two, or six. There could be different rules regarding surrenders and double downs. You’ll even find unique twists such as side bets and bonus features. In total, there are eight ways to play Blackjack when you play at Bovada. So how do you find the right game for you? Here are some tips to help you get started.


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Number of Decks

The number of decks in the Blackjack shoe has a significant impact on the house edge. The lowest edges are with Single Deck Blackjack; they go up somewhat with Double Deck Blackjack, and a bit more when you play either the “New” or Classic Blackjack games at Bovada, each with a six-deck shoe. If minimizing the house edge is important to you, stick with Single Deck Blackjack, which is also available in Classic and modern versions.

Playing What You Know

Some players prefer to stick with the games they’re familiar with. When it comes to Blackjack, that will usually mean one of the games mentioned above with a specific number of decks in the shoe. Single Deck Blackjack isn’t as common as it used to be; most Blackjack games these days are played with six or even eight decks in the shoe. The difference between these games at Bovada is subtle, since the decks are automatically shuffled after every hand, but if you’d rather not step out of your comfort zone, Classic Blackjack should be right up your alley.


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Fun Variants

If you like your Blackjack extra-spicy, there are three different variants at Bovada that should pique your interest. In European Blackjack, the Dealer doesn’t receive the second card until you’ve made all your decisions. Perfect Pairs lets you make a side bet that pays out up to 25:1 when you get dealt a pair, regardless of the Dealer’s hand. And with Zappit Blackjack, you have the option of vaporizing your cards if you get dealt a hard 15, 16 or 17. Then you’ll receive two fresh cards. These variants will keep adventurous players entertained. Give them a try and see which ones tickle your Blackjack fancy.