We all are familiar with rules of blackjack. At the same time, few of us are aware of the fact that there are plenty of different versions of this amazing real money card game. Spanish 21 blackjack is a common one that is played with slightly different rules than the classic game version.
Main differences between Spanish 21 and Classic Blackjack
Instead of playing with a normal deck of cards, which you do in Classic Blackjack, Spanish 21 version is played with six or eight Spanish decks. Next question is, of course, what the difference between standard deck and the Spanish one is. A Spanish deck is a regular 52-card deck, except all four 10s have been removed from the deck. Removing the 10s does give the house an edge in this game, however there are rules that favour the player that balance out the edge.
Play Spanish 21
Now few words about how to play Spanish 21 Blackjack game. As with the traditional version of blackjack, in Spanish 21 the player plays against the dealer and the objective of the game is to get a hand that equals as close to 21 as possible. The dealer deals out the usual 2 cards for both player and dealer, and the player can then chose to either hit or stand. If a player hits they will continue to receive more cards until they decide to stop (stand) or until they go bust, which is to go over 21.
Rules that help the player such as splitting aces, and doubling down after splitting aces are allowed, and a player can also take an insurance bet as well as a late surrender. A late surrender means a player can surrender their hand at any time and recoup half their wager, and this can be done even after splitting the hand. In this game a players blackjack always beats a dealers blackjack, and the dealer can either hit or stick on a soft 17.
This unique form of blackjack is popular because of its bonuses and good payouts. For example, if a player gets a 5 card 21, he can expect a 3:2 payout. With a six card 21, expect a 2:1 payout, and with a 7 card 21, players can earn a 3:1 payout.
Strategy of Spanish 21 Blackjack
There are quite a few different Spanish 21 Blackjack strategies that can be utilised. These can be found by doing a little research. Experienced blackjack players have created many charts that outline their strategies so that other players can study them and try to put them into practice. It’s always a good idea for a new online casino player to practice playing on free blackjack tables before depositing any real money into their casino account. This way a player will at least be making informed decisions when they start to test themselves against the casino dealer.