Playing Blackjack in south east Asia (Chinese blackjack)

One of the most popular games in all of gambling is blackjack. It’s exciting, easy to learn and can be easily played by amateurs as well as professionals. The rules of the game are quite simple as well, as the goal is to simply beat the cards that are held by the dealer and get a value that’s either 21 or as close to 21 as possible while not going over that number. It takes a little bit of luck, skill and intuition to play and is fast-paced as well, leading to its popularity across online platforms in Asia like M88 Indonesia and Sbobet Vietnam.

There are a number of variations on blackjack as well, including one called “Chinese blackjack” which is played all over Asia and also called “21 point” or “ban luck”. In Chinese blackjack there’s no limit to the number of players that can get in on the single-game but, unlike traditional blackjack, the rules prohibit more than two decks of cards being used at the same time.

There are a number of different rules of course with Chinese blackjack including one called “ban-ban” and another called “ban-luck” as well as a “15 point rule”. When any player gets two aces the ban-ban rule applies and, when someone gets an ace and either a 10, a jack, a queen or a king, the ban-luck rule goes into effect. The 15-point rule applies if a player has cards that total exactly 15 points.

When a player has two aces or ban-ban, they will win three times whatever that bet was that they placed before the hand started. A player who gets ban-luck will get two times their bet and, when a player is dealt two cards that total exactly 15 points, they will have the option to either continue playing that hand or to fold. (The reason is that, statistically, the chance of getting a card that puts them over the 21 point limit is much higher if that player starts with 15.)

You can find Chinese blackjackbeing played all over Asia and, if you want to enjoy a few hands yourself, you’d do well to educate yourself first to all of the variations that the game brings before you sit down to play. It’s not completely different from the blackjack you’ll find in Las Vegas but, as you can see, there are several differences that you need to know in order to have a better chance of winning.