Spanish 21

Spanish 21 or Spanish blackjack takes the classic game of blackjack and spices it up with a little Spanish chili pepper.

Spanish21 is a new form of the popular American casino game of blackjack, which it mimics with a number of significant rule changes. The major difference between the two games is the range of payouts offered by the Spanish version. 

The game begins with a shoe containing four, five, six, or eight decks excluding any 10-spot cards, with all cards holding the same value as in traditional blackjack. Withdrawing the 10-spot cards reduces the player's winning odds dramatically, and for this reason the player receives a number of extra benefits. 

The additional rules employed in Spanish 21 include: 

  • Players are able to double down on any number of cards.
  • A Double Down Rescue rule enables a player to surrender half of his wager after a double-down play, if he is unhappy with his hand.
  • Dealers hit on soft 17 (ace with extra cards totaling 17 points).
  • Late surrender is permitted.
  • Splits on up to four hands are permitted, including ace splits.
  • Hitting and doubling down on split aces is permitted.

In addition to the special Spanish 21 rules, additional payoffs are made, which include: 

  • Player blackjack beats a dealer's blackjack and pays 3 to 2.
  • Player 21 always wins.
  • Five card trick pays 3:2.
  • Six card trick pays 2:1.
  • Seven card trick pays 3:1.
  • Hand of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of mixed suits pays 3:2.
  • Hand of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of the same suit pays 2:1.
  • Hand of 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of spades pays 3:1.
  • Hand of 7-7-7 of the same suit when the dealer has a seven face up pays a special bonus of $1000 to $5000.

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