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Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold
Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold
Let’s talk Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold shall we? Or veinte-uno, as I like to call it when I’m on my Wombat holidays.
The Blackjack Basics
This is a variant of blackjack, so I’m just going to touch on the basic rules which are similar to all our other blackjacks. There are some nuances to this game other than the fact that you need to wave your hands around wildly if you don’t win and thump the table occasionally, but I’ll go into those later.
In all blackjack games, your aim is to build a score in your hand as close or equal to 21 as you can. It’s you against the dealer. Whoever has the best hand, wins. Royal cards are worth ten and all others come in at face value except for the aces which can be worth 1 or 11. If you go over 21, you go bust and lose the hand.
But you knew all of that anyway, didn’t you , you clever Wombat Fans!
The Spanish Flavour
OK chicos y chicas, let’s look at the nuances in this game that differ from other blackjacks you might have come across.
Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold is played with 8 decks of cards, but with the 10s taken out. That goes in the house’s favour, but set against that are some rules that are favourable to you, the payer, which we’ll cover below.
The best rule is that a player’s 21 will always beat any dealer’s hand. Yay!
Pick a chip and place your bet on the table and the dealer will deal you 2 cards and himself or herself 2 cards, one face up, one face down (the hole card). If the face up card is a 10 or an ace, he’ll have a peek at the other to check for a blackjack (an ace and a 10 value card).
Are you still with me? Good!
In this variant, you can Double Down on any number of cards. Which means you double your bet and request one more chip (and only one) if you are feeling confident of getting close to the magic score.
You can also take out insurance if the dealer has an Ace showing. This will cost you half of your original bet.
Another neat feature, is that you can surrender late in this game (if the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack) and that includes after you have Doubled Down.
Any you are allowed to split any cards of equal value, including Aces and can create up to four hands. You can hit and double on split hands and even bag the special Bonuses on a split hand (see below).
The Dealer Hits on Soft 17
One big advantage for you when playing Spanish blackjack is that the dealer has to hit on a soft 17 (which is a 17 that includes an ace valued at 11 rather than 1).
Bonus Pay Outs
Spanish 21 Blackjack Gold also has some neat little bonus payouts that kick in for various card combinations. These don’t apply if you Double Down or if you have a blackjack, but other than that, you are good to go.
If you have 3 sevens of the same suit (remember there are 8 decks in the shoe), and the dealer also has a face-up seven you will get a nice 50:1 pay-out.
-A Five Card 21 pays 3:2
– Six, Seven and Eight (different suits) pays 3:2
– 3 Sevens (mixed) pays 3:2
– If you get a Seven card 21 (or more), expect a 3:1 pay-off.
– A Six, Seven and Eight of Spades pays 3:1
– 3 Sevens (all spades) pays 3:1
– A Six Card 21 pays 2:1
– Six, Seven and Eight of the same suit pays 2:1
– Three Sevens of the same suit pays 2:1
Of course we all love a bonus, but you’ll be making most of your money on the regular pay-outs.
A Win pays 1:1 (say you bet 10, you’d get 20 back
An Insurance Win pays 2:1 (say you bet 10 + 5 insurance and the dealer has blackjack- you’d get 15 back).
A Blackjack pays 3:2 (say you bet 10, you’d get 25 back)
So that’s Spanish Blackjack mis amigos, one of our favourite variants as we like to see the dealer hitting on a soft 17. We just wish that they would come out with a mobile version as you can only play this on your desktop at present.