Spanish 21 is a variation of Blackjack. If you are looking for a change of pace from traditional Blackjack but insist on a game with a low house edge, then Spanish 21 is the Blackjack game for you. Spanish 21 is perhaps a better bet than Blackjack in locations where the dealer stands on a soft 17 or redoubling is allowed.
Spanish 21 Rules
Spanish 21, unlike traditional Blackjack, uses six or eight Spanish decks. Spanish decks are regular 52-card decks, minus the four tens (totaling 48 cards). As you can calculate yourself, removing 10-point cards from the deck moves the odds in favor of the dealer. To make up for this, Spanish 21 offers the player a host of bonuses and favorable rules. Spanish 21 rules are based on liberal 6-8 deck Blackjack rules, including late surrender, double after split, and ace re-splitting. In addition, Spanish 21 features the following improvements:
Player Blackjack beats dealer Blackjack.
A player 21 always wins.
Player may hit and double down after splitting aces.
Player may double on any number of cards.
Player may surrender half of total bet after doubling down (known as “double down rescue.”)
A mixed-suit 7-7-7 or 6-7-8 pays 3:2, of the same suit pays 2:1, and of spades pays 3:1.
Suited 7-7-7 when the dealer has a seven face up pays $1000 for bets of $5-$24 and $5000 for bets of $25 or over. In addition, all other players receive a $50 “envy bonus.” This rule does not
apply after splitting.
A five-card 21 pays 3:2, a six-card 21 pays 2:1, and a seven or more card 21 pays 3:1.
Usually 6-8 Spanish decks are used.
Dealer usually hits a soft 17.
All 21 bonus hands do not count if the result of doubling.
Some casinos allow redoubling, up to three times.