The spanish 21 blackjack variation is very popular at the casinos due to the fact that it is the player's safest bet. Though it depends on house rules. The spanish blackjack variation is played with six or eight card decks when each deck has forty eight cards, which is the entire deck, just without the four tens. The rules of the variation are the same as the traditional variations which are being played with six to eight decks, but has a few additional rules in order to compensate on the higher odds the dealer receives since the withdraw of the four tens cards from each deck.
A. If the player's hand equals to twenty one, the player always wins. (a player's blackjack gets paid on a 3 to 2 ratio)
B. The player may double down on any number of cards also after splitting, for up to his initial bet.
C. Double down rescue - the player can take back the last doubled portion of the bet after doubling.
D. The player can split cards of same value up to three times.
E. The variation can also be played where the dealer has an option to stay or hit on soft 17. In most of the casinos, the dealer hits soft.
F. The player may surrender on the first two cards and give half of his bet to the dealer. Players can not surrender when the dealer's hand is a blackjack.
G. The player can make a "Match the Dealer" bet. other than the regular bet, the player can choose to place a bet that any of his first two cards will will match the dealer's up card in rank. The payouts depend on the number of decks the game is being played with. If both of the player's cards match the dealer's up card, the player will get paid for them both.
Including to these rules, there are additional changes in the way the payouts are calculated for non doubled hands that are equal to twenty one.
Any combination of 5 cards that are equal to 21 will pay a 3 to 2 ratio
Any combination of 6 cards that are equal to 21 will pay a 2 to 1 ratio
Any combination of 7 cards that are equal to 21 will pay a 3 to 1 ratio
6,7,8 of different suits pays 3 to 2 ratio
6,7,8 of the same suit pays 2 to 1 ratio
6,7,8 of Spades pays 3 to 1 ratio
7,7,7 of different suits pays 3 to 2 ratio
7,7,7 of the same suit pays 2 to 1 ratio
7,7,7 of spades pays 3 to 1 ratio
A. A bonus payout is given to a player which draws his first three cards of the same suit and are all 7's AND the dealer has a seven card faced up aswell.
B. Some play the spanish blackjack variation with less than six or eight decks of cards. those changes in the rules apply to them aswell.
Except for the two decks of cards game, where the only additional payout to 7,7,7 suits is: 7,7,7 of different suits pays a ratio of 2 to 1. Since suited 7's is impossible when playing two decks of cards, there are different bonus payouts aswell: When a player has: 7 Clubs + 7 Hearts + 7 Diamonds, and the dealer's upcard is 7 Spades, The player gets paid a bonus of $1,000 in a $5 minimum bet, or $5,000 in a $25 minimum bet.
All other table players get whats called an envy bonus of $50 Each. No Bonuses will be given on doubled hands!