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Spanish 21 for the Blackjack Player – an article by Will Win

So you love Blackjack, but you’ve stumbled upon this new to you game called Spanish 21. What the heck is it? Fear not. Today, I’ll present you with a quick-start intro to Spanish 21. If you already know Blackjack, you pretty much know how to play this game. Let’s get started.

The term “Spanish” came from the fact that many Spanish card games used a 48-card, rather than a 52-card, deck. As such, Spanish 21 has 48 cards. The missing four cards are the 10s. Yes, removing the 10s in the deck give the house a much bigger advantage, but the casino has attempted to appease you by making some rule changes.

For instance, in Blackjack, if you hit your way to 21 and the dealer does the same, it’s just a push and a pile of disappointment. Not in Spanish 21. If you hit your way to 21, you win even if the dealer does the same.

Another bonus players like is the 5, 6 and 7 card 21, which pay a bonus. Hit your way to 21 and you can score some serious cash. A five-card 21 pays 3 to 2. A six-card 21 pays 2 to 1 and the big seven-card 21 pays 3 to 1.

In addition to these bonuses, you can also score more cash by winning with certain hands. One such hand is having a 6, 7 and 8 of mixed suits. This hand pays 3 to 2. Get that combination in the same suit and a winning hand is paid 2 to 1-and 3 to 1 if it’s all in spades.

The other big bonus hand is the 7s hand. Get three 7s and you’ll receive a nice 3 to 2 payout. Spanish 21 is dealt from the shoe with multiple decks, so it’s possible to get three 7s of the same suit. And if you do, you’ll be paid 2 to 1 on a winning hand and 3 to 1 if it’s in spades.

And that leaves the super bonus. When the dealer’s upcard is a 7, the super bonus is in play. If you get three sevens of the same suit when this happens, you’ve just unlocked the super bonus. At most casinos, the super bonus starts at $1,000 and goes up to $5,000. That’s some bonus.

Oh, and if you’re playing at a real world table with other players, they get a small taste too. This “envy” bonus is fairly small-usually $25-$50-but it goes to all the other players and it can make you a real friend of the table.

Spanish 21 is one of those games to play if you’re bored with traditional Blackjack or if you just want some extra fun.

The Author:

Will Win is a professional gambler, ex casino dealer and author. Play online casino games at the top online casino!


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