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Spanish 21, also known as Spanish Blackjack is a variation of blackjack game, owned by gambling publishing company Masque Publishing Inc. Outside of North America it is known as Pontoon and is played without a hole card (but don't confuse it with pontoon played with 52-card decks). It gained its popularity in recent years. Seven years ago it appeared in Las Vegas and now you can find 1-2 Spanish 21tables in every casino. It is rather new game, so make sure you know the rules. They depend on the country, region and casino you are playing in, but main tips are the same.

How to play Spanish 21

  • Game is played by 8 decks of cards, which are called Spanish (there are no 10s);
  • Player's 21and blackjack always win croupier's 21and blackjack, blackjack is always paid 3:2;
  • Croupier hits on soft 17;
  • Player can double on any number of cards and redouble down only once;
  • Blackjack pays less than classic blackjack - 3:2;
  • Players can split any two cards, even Aces;
  • You can split three times and make 4 hands;
  • It is possible to surrender hands any time before standing and busting;
  • Croupier gets a hole card;
  • Late surrender is possible in a case, when a dealer does not have BJ (blackjack);

Bonus payouts

Five-card 21 pays 3 to 2;

Six-card 21 pays 2 to 1;

Seven-card 21 pays 3 to 1;

Mixed suit 6-7-8 pays 3 to 2;

Matching suit 6-7-8 pays 2 to 1;

Spades 6-7-8 pay 3 to 1;

Mixed three 7s suits pay 3 to 2;

Matching suits of three 7s pay 2 to 1;

Three 7s spades suit pays 3 to 2.

Gamblers playing Spanish 21 have great privileges comparing to casino as they have great opportunities to win much money without doing anything hard and tiresome.

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