## Spanish 21 Blackjack -sivustolla

By Masque Publishing

Bring the fun back to Blackjack! 21’s always win, split 4 times, double after split, double down rescue, and bonus payouts!

## How to Play Spanish 21 Blackjack – Rules Strategy & Tips

Spanish 21 is a variation of the standard game Blackjack with a few differences. This article concentrates on those differences and assumes you know the basic __rules of Blackjack__. This can be found in this separate article if you need a refresher.

## Spanish 21 vs Blackjack

The main difference between Spanish 21 and most other forms of Blackjack is that it is played with a Spanish deck of cards that has 48 cards instead of the usual 52 – the deck is the same with all 10’s removed.

As a 10 is an important card in all forms of Blackjack, you would have thought that this gives a huge advantage to the House. You would be correct if that was the only change, however, a number of other features have been added in an attempt to offset this. Spanish 21 actually has a slightly better edge for the player than many forms of Blackjack.

## Spanish 21 Rules

• Late Surrender is allowed, not just after your first 2 cards have been dealt

• You are able to Double after a Split

• You can re Split Aces

• A hand with 21 always wins even if the Dealer also gets 21

• Blackjack always wins even if the Dealer also gets Blackjack

• You can Double at any time after as many cards as you wish

• You can normally Hit and Double after Splitting Aces – this can vary so is worth checking

• You can Surrender after Doubling, known as Double Down rescue. You lose your initial stake which is effectively getting back half your total outlay for the initial stake and the Double

### Variation of Rules

Spanish 21 does have some variables which differ depending on where you play so be sure you check these before you start playing.

• Either 6 decks or 8 decks of cards are used

• The dealer can sometimes Hit or Stand on soft 17 – a hand that includes an Ace meaning the Dealer has 7 or 17

• Some casinos will allow you to Double a hand up to 3 times

• Some casinos will not pay the bonus amounts after you Split a hand

Above is an example of the layout for a Spanish 21 table. This particular version sees the Dealer stand on all 17’s, other than this you will see it is very similar to a standard Blackjack table.

## Spanish 21 Odds & Payouts

Payouts and odds can be slightly different from regular Blackjack.

• A 5-card 21 pays 3 to 2, a 6-card 21 pays 2 to 1 and 7-card or higher 21 pays 3 to 1. This bonus doesn’t count if you have previously Doubled

• A hand consisting of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of mixed suits pays 3 to 2, if suited it pays 2 to 1. Either of these hands with all Spades pays 3 to 1. Again, this doesn’t count if you have previously Doubled

• A suited 7-7-7 when the Dealer has a 7 face up pay $1,000 if your bet is between $5 and $24 and a whopping $5,000 Super Bonus if your bet was $25 or more. If you are playing live with other players, they will each receive a $50 ‘Envy Bonus’ if this comes in.

## Spanish 21 Strategy

There are several variable rules for Spanish 21, which affect some of the decisions for an optimal strategy. The below Spanish 21 basic strategy is based on casinos that use 6 decks and the Dealer stands on a soft 17, which is the most common variation of the game.

**Hard Hands – No Ace**

Dealers Card | ||||||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Your hand | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | A |

4 to 8 | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H |

9 | H | H | H | H | D4 | H | H | H | H | H |

10 | D5 | D5 | D | D | D | D4 | D3 | H | H | H |

11 | D4 | D5 | D5 | D5 | D5 | D4 | D4 | D4 | D3 | D3 |

12 | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H |

13 | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H |

14 | H | H | S4 | S5 | S4 | H | H | H | H | H |

15 | S4 | S5 | S5 | S6 | S6 | H | H | H | H | H |

16 | S5 | S6 | S6 | S | S | H | H | H | H | H |

17 | S | S | S | S | S | S | S6 | S6 | S6 | SR |

18+ | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S |

**H = Hit D = Double D2 = Double except Hit with x or more cards SR = Surrender S = Stand S2 = Stand except Hit with x or more cards**

Due to the bonus if you get 21 with 4 or more cards, in some instances it is best to Hit and go for these, in the above chart the number next to an action denotes the minimum number of cards you need in order to Hit as opposed to Stand or Double

**Soft Hands – With an Ace**

Dealers Card | ||||||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Your hand | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | A |

12-15 | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H | H |

16 | H | H | H | H | D4 | H | H | H | H | H |

17 | H | H | D3 | D4 | D5 | H | H | H | H | H |

18 | S4 | S4 | D4 | D5 | D5 | S6 | S4 | H | H | H |

19-21 | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S | S |

**H = Hit D = Double D2 = Double except Hit with x or more cards S = Stand S2 = Stand except Hit with x or more cards**

Due to the bonus if you get 21 with 4 or more cards, in some instances it is best to Hit and go for these, in the above chart the number next to an action denotes the minimum number of cards you need in order to Hit as opposed to Stand or Double.

Dealers Card | ||||||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Your hand | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | A |

2,2 | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | H | H | H |

3,3 | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | H | H | H |

6,6 | H | H | SP | SP | SP | H | H | H | H | H |

7,7 | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP* | H | H | H | H |

8,8 | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP |

9,9 | S | SP | SP | SP | SP | S | SP | SP | S | S |

A,A | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP | SP |

**H = Hit D = Double S = Stand SP = Split SP* = Split except for Suited 7’s in which case Hit**

Double Down Surrender when you have 12-16 Vs 8-A, 17 Vs A

Never Split 4’s, 5’s or 10’s

## Spanish 21 Tips

There are many extra things to remember in Spanish 21 compared to standard Blackjack, remember the extra bonus payouts for getting 21 with 4 or more cards and getting 7-7-7 or 7-8-9. These don’t count if you were to Double though, so in situations where you feel you have a chance to hit these, ensure you follow the table above for the optimal chance of winning.

Don’t be afraid to Surrender – It is better to admit defeat and get some of your bet back in certain circumstances than continuing and losing it all when the odds are against you. Spanish 21 gives you the chance to Surrender at any time, ensure you make the most of it to stay ahead of the game.

Play for fun first if you want to learn the game properly – This is especially important when playing Spanish 21 as there are different features and rules than in standard Blackjack. We, therefore, recommend you play with free chips until you get the hang of this version when you have a better chance of finishing up.

Always play only with money you can afford to lose – this is the same for all casino games which should be fun – if you don’t enjoy it or are gambling with money you cannot afford to lose your mindset will not help the situation giving you a bigger chance of losing.

## Blackjack and Spanish 21 Articles

Do you ever wish you could double a three-card eleven at the blackjack tables? And wouldn’t it be nice if a total of 21 always won? Or maybe you think you deserve a special bonus for getting a 7-card 21? Your wish comes true with Spanish 21, but not without a price. Compared with blackjack, Spanish 21 offers the player a lot more options, which can make the game a lot more exciting – and challenging. But giving the player more options reduces the house edge, so Spanish 21 compensates by using an altered deck. Let’s take a closer look at all these differences between blackjack and Spanish 21:

**Spanish 21 Deck:** Spanish 21 uses a typical 52-card deck – but without the four Tens. The removal of the Tens creates a 48-card deck, in which only 12 of the 48 cards (four jacks, four queens, and four kings) are worth ten. Because the high-value cards are so valuable to the player (for blackjack, doubling down, and busting the dealer), a Spanish 21 deck is decidedly in the house’s favor.

**Doubling:** In Spanish 21, players are allowed to double down on any number of cards, not just on the first two cards – as in blackjack. Moreover, some variations of Spanish 21 allow ‘redoubling,’ or doubling down on a hand that has already been doubled. Finally, after doubling down, surrendering is still an option. This action is often called ‘forfeit’ or ‘double down rescue.

**Player 21:** A player who arrives at a hand total of 21 always wins at a Spanish 21 table, regardless of the dealer’s hand.

**Special Payouts:** There are also special payouts for extraordinary hands:

- seven-or-more-card 21 pays 3:1
- six-card 21 pays 2:1
- five-card 21 pays 3:2
- 6-7-8 of all spades pays 3:1
- 6-7-8 of all other suits pays 2:1
- an unsuited 6-7-8 or a 7-7-7 pays 3:2

**note: the above payouts do not apply if the hand was doubled**

- suited 7-7-7 versus a dealer 7 pays a bonus of $1000 for bets less than $25 and $5000 for $25+ bets. All other players at the table are paid a $50 bonus as well.

**note: The above payout does not apply if the hand was split**

**Always Allowed:** In addition to the above rules, the following are always allowed in Spanish 21, whereas in blackjack it depends on the table:

- The dealer receives a hole card
- Blackjack pays 3:2
- Doubling after splitting (DAS)
- Late surrender
- Drawing cards on split aces

**Pontoon:** In some variations of Spanish 21, called Pontoon, a few of the aforementioned options are not available to the player. Also, in Pontoon, Aces received prior to doubling have a fixed value of 1 – rather than 1 or 11.