As fun as blackjack is, sometimes you want to try something different. For players that are looking for something new, casinos have created Spanish 21.
In many aspects, Spanish 21 is very similar to blackjack. However, there are some key changes that change how you play the game.
- Tens have been removed from the decks in Spanish 21. It is usually played with six to eight decks of forty-eight cards total.
- If both the player and dealer get 21, the punter always wins.
- Spanish 21 has several unique bonus bets not seen in standard blackjack.
- One of Spanish 21’s bets is Bonus 21. It increases the payout if you reach 21 using five, six or seven cards of the same or different suits.
How to Play Hard Hands?
If your total exceeds eighteen, you should always stand. If it is worth eight or less, you should always hit. In every other situation, you should follow the instructions as listed below.
- Hard 9: Double down if the dealer has a six, and hit against all other cards. If your nine is made up of three cards, you should hit instead of doubling.
- Hard 10: Hit if the dealer has an eight or higher. If the dealer’s face-up card is between two and seven, you should double.
- Hard 11: Double down if the dealer has between a two and an eight. If their total sum is nine or higher, hit instead.
- Hard 12: You should always hit if you have a hard twelve.
- Hard 13: Hit if the dealer is showing a two, three, four, seven or higher. Stand if they have a five or a six. If your thirteen has five or more cards, you should hit fives and sixes, too.
- Hard 14: Hit against a face-up two, three, seven or higher, and otherwise stand. You can hit a four if your hard fourteen is made up of four or more cards. Players can also hit against five and six if their fourteen is a sum of five cards or more.
- Hard 15: Hit if the dealer has a seven or higher. You can hit lower, depending on how many cards your fifteen is made out of.
- Four or more: Hit against two
- Five or more: Hit against three and four
- Six cards: Hit against a five or six
- Hard 16: Surrender if the dealer has an Ace. Hit if the dealer has a seven or higher. Hit against a two if your sixteen has more than five cards. You can also hit against a three or four if it has six cards.
- Hard 17: Once again, surrender if you are facing against an Ace. Stand if the dealer has an eight, nine or ten. You only hit if your seventeen is made up of six cards or more.
How to Play Soft Hands?
If you draw a soft nineteen, twenty or twenty-one, you should always stand. In same way, you should always hit if you draw a soft thirteen, fourteen or fifteen.
- Soft 16: Double down if the dealer has a six. Hit if the sixteen is made up of four or more cards.
- Soft 17: Hit against a two, three, seven or higher. Double down against a four if your seventeen is made up of two cards. If the seventeen has two or three cards, you can double against a five. If it is made up of two, three or four cards, you can double down against a six.
- Soft 18: Hit if the dealer’s hand has a nine, ten or Ace, but stand against a two, three, seven or eight. Double down if the dealer has a four, five or six.
- If the seventeen has more than four cards, then hit against two, three and eight
- Hit against a seven if the seventeen is a combination of six or more cards
- Hit against a four if you have more than four cards in your seventeen
- If your seventeen is made up of five or more cards, then hit against a five or six
You should always split aces. Meanwhile, fours, five and tens are cards you never split, just like in standard blackjack. For every other pair, use the following instructions.
- Two and Three: Split if the dealer’s card is three, four, five, six or seven.
- Six: Split against a four, five or six.
- Seven: Split if the dealer has any value between two and seven.
- Eight: Surrender against an Ace, split against all other values.
- Nine: Split if the dealer has a three, four, five, six, eight or nine.