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How to Play Spanish 21

Players who enjoy Blackjack often love Spanish 21. It offers a variety of options, and many players find it more fun, in addition to easier to win.

Played with a Spanish card deck, the dealer works with 48 cards. The cards include the numbers 2 through 9, the Jack, the Queen, the King and the Ace; the dealer removes each 10 card and the Jokers. Play unfolds much like Blackjack, with several notable exceptions.

In Spanish 21, players win hands that would tie the dealer in Blackjack. For example, the player’s Blackjack always beats a dealer’s Blackjack, which pays 3 to 2. In addition, a ‘21’ earned by a player always beats a dealer’s 21, unless the dealer had a Blackjack and the player got to 21 with more than 2 cards. Certain player hand totals result in special game payouts.

Also, players double down only one time – including after splitting – on two or more cards. Players can split matching pairs, including Aces, up to three times; players can also double down and hit on split hands, Aces included. Players can take back a double down bet and only lose the original wager with Spanish 21’s Double Down Rescue.

A player can sometimes drop out of a hand and only lose half his bet by folding after getting the first two cards. If the player drops after the dealer shows a face card or an Ace, the dealer must check for Blackjack. Although the player cannot fold when the dealer’s hand is Blackjack, he may if no Blackjack exists.

Finally, a player earns a Super Bonus if the dealer shows a 7 and the player’s first three cards are suited 7s. Super Bonus payouts range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the original bet. Although doubling down and splitting pairs void the Super Bonus payment, all players earn an Envy Bonus of at least $50 when it occurs legitimately.

Non-Double-Down Spanish 21 Payouts

Five-card 21: 3 to 2
Six-card 21: 2 to 1
Seven-card 21: 3 to 1
6-7-8 mixed suits: 3 to 2
6-7-8 same suit: 2 to 1
6-7-8 spades: 3 to 1
7-7-7 mixed suits: 3 to 2
7-7-7 same suit: 2 to 1
7-7-7 spades: 3 to 1

Players may also bet that the dealer’s face up card will match either of their first two cards. Called match-the-dealer, these bets cannot exceed the original wager but must be greater than $1. Players must attempt to match-the-dealer prior to the first dealt card. Players cannot make insurance bets on match-the-dealer wagers. Non-suited matches pay 3 to 1 for each match, while suited matches pay 12 to 1 for each match.

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