Recently I came across an online blackjack variation that I had not looked into before. I wish I had so that I could have passed onto players that this is not a good blackjack variation to play. But really there is no variation of online blackjack that is good to play.
The variation I found is called 5 Diamond Blackjack.
A round begins with the player placing a wager of $1, $2, $5 or $10. It is always in increments like that or similar to that since this is an online game. The player then clicks Play. Five two card hands and one dealer hand appear on the screen. The player can then click on a hand one at a time or click Scratch All to reveal the total of each hand.
The objective of this game is to beat the dealer with one of those five hands without going over 21. Without doing anything more than ‘scratching’ each hand to reveal its total.
That is it. There is no hitting or standing or any other play for that matter.
Players will win if one hand beats the dealer’s total. Revealing a blackjack causes the prize to be doubled.
This is not a true blackjack game. This is actually a scratch card online game and is a game of chance since the player has no control over the outcome of the game.
A true game of blackjack or online blackjack allows a player to hit, stand or make other plays. It allows the player to have some degree of control over the outcome of the round.
But this scratch card game masquerading as an online blackjack variation does not allow players to make any playing decisions. Because of that fact this is one so-called online blackjack variation that should be avoided.
While I do not recommend any variations with side bets or the like, at least those other variations allow players to choose how to play out their hands.