The following is a list of blackjack variants that were once spread in Las Vegas. These games are no longer available. Most lasted a year or two. Some only made it through the testing period before becoming extinct.
We cover current Las Vegas blackjack variants in another section. You may find it here.
The chart below shows how many tables each game listed in the Las Vegas Blackjack Graveyard had at one time:
Bet ‘Em All Blackjack
Bet ‘Em All Blackjack was a variant spread at Fremont Casino in downtown Las Vegas. It appeared in our survey with two tables in 2016. It went up to six tables in 2017. By 2018, these tables were gone.
The game allowed players to back up bets belonging to other players at the table. This is common in Europe. However, it did not seem to catch on in Las Vegas. The company that developed the game says that it is still live at a casino in Arizona and Mississippi.
Bottoms Up was a blackjack game at Riviera. It is often called Face Up Blackjack at online casinos.
The dealer’s cards were both dealt face-up. The house won all ties, except on blackjack, where the player automatically wins. Blackjack was paid even money. Players could only double down on 10 and 11 and not after splitting. Splitting was permitted, except that 10-value cards could only be split if there was a pair.
Bottoms Up was the last of its kind in Las Vegas. The game disappeared with Riviera in 2015. Face Up Blackjack was spread at all three Primm casinos for a few years after that. Those games are gone, too.
Burn 20 was a blackjack variant at Binion’s. It was there in 2011 and 2012. Burn 20 made it so that the dealer never started with a hard 20. If the dealer had a 10-value card up, the hand would be checked for a hard 20. If the dealer had a hard 20, the hand was pitched and redrawn. At this point, the dealer would check again for a hard 20. After the first hard 20 discard, blackjack would be added to the hands that are discarded. This prevented the player from going against a worse hand than the first.
Once the dealer did not have a hard 20, the hand would begin. The dealer would keep an ace and a 9 at any time. To offset this rule, the house pushed all players that did not bust or have a blackjack on a draw of 22.
Change It 21
Change It 21 was at Fremont Casino in downtown Las Vegas from 2014 to 2017. It was a 6:5 blackjack game that allowed a player to make a discard after the dealer checked for blackjack. The cost was 50 percent of the original bet. On a $10 game, it would cost $5 to replace a card. This could be done before and after a split. Replaced blackjacks always won because the dealer already checked for blackjack.
Player’s Choice 21
Player’s Choice Blackjack made an appearance at Venetian around 2013 and lasted about a year. The player made two bets. Three cards were dealt. The player turned this into two blackjack hands, using one of the cards twice. The game came with a forced three-card bonus bet. The ante and the bonus bet had to be equal.
Power Blackjack was in the first survey in 2011 at Paris Las Vegas with one table. It was there until 2013. On 10 and 11, a player could discard a double down and draw a new one. The player could also split any hard 15 or 16. The dealer pushed all live hands on 22.
Triple Attack Blackjack
Triple Attack Blackjack made an appearance at Harrah’s on the Las Vegas Strip for a couple of years. I found it there in 2012 and 2013. It has not been available since.
The game uses eight Spanish 21 decks. These are decks without tens but has face cards. The player made a first attack bet before receiving a card. The player could then make a double attack bet. The dealer’s door card would then be exposed. The player could make a third attack bet. A double or split would require the cumulative amount from all attack bets.
To make up for these great rules, there were two negatives. Blackjack only paid even money. The dealer pushed all live hands with 22.
War Blackjack was a side bet that was incorporated into the game. The side bet was optional. Players that did not make it had a normal blackjack game. Those that did played a game of war with the dealer with ace playing low. The player and dealer would receive an up card. The dealer won ties. If the player won, the bet and winnings could be parlayed with the original blackjack bet. This was optional and dependent on the player’s hand and dealer’s door card.
War Blackjack first showed up in the 2014 survey. It was at Excalibur, The D and Tropicana. Plaza eventually added it. That’s where the game was last seen in 2018.
Zappit 21 showed at Palazzo around 2016 as a 3:2 blackjack game. It was gone from there after a year but appeared at Green Valley Ranch and Excalibur as a 6:5 game. By 2018, it was no longer spread in Las Vegas.
If a player was dealt a 15, 16 or 17 in Zappit 21, the player could choose to discard both cards and receive a new hand. This was always the correct strategy, regardless of what door card the dealer had. The dealer pushed live hands on 22.
Zombie Blackjack first appeared in Las Vegas in 2017. Binion’s, Four Queens and Venetian spread it. Zombie Blackjack only stuck around about a year at those casinos. Red Rock picked it up in 2018. Blackjack paid 6:5 there. Like the others, Zombie Blackjack only lasted about a year there. The game may only be found at online casinos these days.
Thank you to Wizard of Odds for the refresher on some of the old games.