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Spanish 21

How to Play Spanish 21
by Predictem.com Staff

Spanish 21 is a casino game that is very similar to Blackjack with a few rule modifications and a slightly different deck of cards. There are also some bonus payouts that can make the game more lucrative for the player. In this article we will look at the differences in how the game is played and also instruct you on the best way to play.

The game is played on the standard Blackjack table but the deck of cards used only has 48 cards instead of the normal 52. Usually the casino uses 6 decks of cards, each deck is a standard poker deck with the 10’s removed.

The face cards are still in the deck and they count as 10 just like regular Blackjack. The advantage for the house is that will the 10’s removed the odds are more in favor of the dealer (this is similar to the deck being biased towards the dealer i.e. lots of face cards out if you are a card counter).

Another advantage is that the dealer hits to all soft 17’s (this is when the dealer has an Ace and 6 or any other combination to make 17 with the Ace counting for 11.)

To offset this increased advantage for the house, there are a number of rule changes that are advantageous to the player:

1. If a player hits 21 it is a winner against a dealer 21 unless the dealer has Blackjack.

2. If a player gets a Blackjack it is an automatic winner and pays 3:2 even if the dealer has Blackjack.

3. The player may double down on any number of cards. For example if a player gets a 2, 3, and 6 then they can double down after the 3rd card.

4. The player can double down after splitting Aces.

5. The player may surrender after doubling down. This is called “double down rescue” and the player forfeits his original bet but the double down bet is “no action.”

6. There is a bonus for hitting 21 with multiple cards as follows:
- A 5 card 21 pays 3:2
- A 6 card 21 pays 2:1
- A 7 card 21 pays 3:1

7. There is a bonus for hitting 21 with 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 as follows:
- 6-7-8 of different suits pays 3:2
- 7-7-7 of different suits pays 3:2
- 6-7-8 of the same suit pays 2:1
- 7-7-7 of the same suit pays 2:1
- 7-7-7 of spades pays 3:1
- 7-7-7 of same suit when the dealer has a 7 face up pays $1,000 for minimum of $5 bets and $5,000 for minimum bets of $25. All other players at the table receive a $50 envy bonus.

When playing this game you must remember that if you double down there are fewer cards that will help you since the 10’s have been removed. This will also cause the correct basic strategy play to change slightly since there will be more times that you should hit your hand as compared to regular Blackjack.

While the rules can vary from casino to casino the typical house advantage for Spanish 21 is around 0.82% as compared to 0.60% for regular Blackjack. This is not a large difference and you can look to play this game if you are looking for a fun deviation from the normal game without too much detriment to your bankroll.

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