Spanish 21 is played the same way as Blackjack with the following exceptions:
- The game is dealt from a standard deck that has had all the number ten (10) cards removed. A Spanish 21 deck concist of 48 cards; 2-9, J, Q, K, A.
- A Player's Blackjack always beats the Dealer's blackjack and plays 3 to 2.
- A Player's 21 always beats the Dealer's 21 and plays 3 to 1.
If on the first two cards, the Player feels they can win with only one more card, they may double their bet. Remember, they get only one more card.
An option the Player has with two original cards of the same numeric value (4s, 8s, etc). They can split the two cards and play each hand individually. They must bet the same amount as their original wager on the split hand. They may also ?double down? on the first two cards of each hand after the split, except when splitting aces. The Player can split up to three times to make four hands.
If the Dealer's "up card" is an Ace, the Player can take insurance. They're betting that the Dealer has a ten-value card in the "hole," making Blackjack. The Player can bet one half of their original wager. A winning insurance bet pays 2 to 1.
A tie between the Player and the Dealer. Neither hand wins.
Non-verbal communication between the Player and the Dealer to indicate "hit" or "stand." Ask the Dealer for the proper signals.
These simple key rules will help you play:
1. If your total is closer to 21 than the Dealer's, you win.
2. If you "hit" and your total is more than 21, you lose.
3. If you and the Dealer have the same total, it is a tie.
Don't hesitate to ask your friendly Dealer if you have questions.