Blackjack Diamond – How to Play, Rules, Strategy & Odds
Blackjack Diamond is best described as being similar to Atlantic City blackjack. There are a couple of exceptions, of course, such as blackjacks paying out less than 3:2 and the couple of side bets that you can make, too.
Blackjack diamond appears to mostly be an online game, although it’s not easy to find online either. I did manage to find one casino that offered it – BetVoyager (casino), which is a part of the BetCruise brand.
Not much is said about the game, but the casino looks alright at first glance. They have a download, instant play software and are compatible with Android mobile phones and tablets. You’re also able to participate in their sports, bingo and poker sections. The deposit options include Click2Pay, Eco, Skrill, Ukash, MasterCard/Visa, Neteller, WebMoney and Paysafecard. So while they’re not a popular casino, they seemingly have everything necessary to try them, and this blackjack diamond game, out.
So if you’re willing to give them a shot, I recommend taking a couple of minutes first to learn how to play blackjack diamond. I’ve outlined the rules below.
How to Play Blackjack Diamond
Your objective here is to beat the dealer’s hand, either from the dealer busting or by having a bigger hand than the dealer. You want to do this without busting (exceeding 21 points) yourself.
The blackjack diamond game at BetVoyager uses 6 decks. Each card will represent it’s face value. Face cards are worth 10 points and aces are worth 1 or 11 points.
The game will start with each player making their bet. There are also two side bets, one being the 21 bonus and the other the 777 bonus. If you want to participate in the side bets you’ll need to do that at this time.
Once the bets have been placed the dealer will give all players two cards. The dealer will also receive 2 cards, one face down and the other facing up.
Now the action will begin. Here are the rules that each player and the dealer must follow.
Blackjack Diamond Rules
- Players can double down on any two cards.
- Players can double down after a split.
- Players can split hands (up to) 3 times, making a total of 4 hands.
- Aces can be split. Paired aces can be split again.
- Players can (late) surrender, and will receive ½ their bet back in doing so.
- Players can accept insurance.
- The dealer peeks for 21 on an ace or ten showing.
- Dealers must stand on soft 17 or higher.
- Ties result in a push. Players will receive their (blackjack) bets back.
- Natural blackjack (of diamonds) pays 2:1, which is less than normal. The standard is 3:2, or about 50% more. All other blackjacks pay even money.
What are the Payouts in Blackjack Diamond?
If the player participates in the side bets, they will receive payouts based on the following table:
- Blackjack Bonus – 19:1
- 777 Bonus (7) – 8:1
- 777 Bonus (77) – 40:1
- 777 Bonus (777) – 250:1
The suit of the 7s do not matter.
In addition to this game variation, BetVoyager has a variation that has no house edge. In this version an AK (blackjack) of diamonds pay 15:2 and all other blackjacks in diamonds pay 4:1. BetVoyager does keep their edge on the bonus bets, though.