• A General Overview of Spanish 21

    Added - Sept. 29, 2014 Casino

    In the world of online blackjack, there are several different types of games that you can try that are different than the standard version of the game. Spanish 21 is a game that a lot of people end up trying, and because they don't adjust to the changes in this game, they usually end up having really bad payout rates. We want to give you a general overview of this game and why the strategies involved with it are different than what you're probably used to.

    This is a game that's played with what's known as a Spanish deck. The typical 52-card deck is called the French deck, but the Spanish deck only has 48 cards since all of the tens are removed. This drastically changes the gameplay in a lot of key situations, and it's the number-one reason why people who try to play a normal strategy don't do so well. On top of that, there are some atypical rule changes like the ability to double with any number of cards and the ability to double or surrender after doubling. When you add all of these atypical rules together, you can find that the correct plays are often a bit different than typical blackjack games.

    There are two major changes that you have to make in this game in terms of thinking about how to play common spots. The first has to do with playing hard hands against weak dealer cards. You'll need to hit more often than you normally would because it's much less likely that you bust since there are fewer tens in the deck. Along these lines, it's also less likely the dealer busts, so you'll have to be a little more aggressive when it comes to going after a strong hand. For example, you'll always hit a 14 against a two or a three, and you'll only stand with a 13 when you are up against a six.

    Another spot that changes, and for similar reasons, is playing soft hands against weak dealer cards. Generally speaking, you're going to double a bit less often. You'll only double a soft 15 against a six, a soft 16 against a five and six, and a soft 17/18 against a four, five and six. Obviously there are several other parts of the game that you'll have to learn to make adjustments for, but this gives you an idea of what's involved.