The object of the game
To win, the player must beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21.
Spanish 21 is played with 1 to 8 decks of 48 cards, with Number 10 cards removed from each deck. Aces count as 1 or 11, face cards count as 10, and all other cards are counted at face value. A blackjack occurs when the first two cards of a hand are an Ace and a face card, i.e. a two-card hand with a total value of 21, the highest possible score at blackjack.
The maximum number of players at a Spanish 21 table is the number of betting positions at the table.
Using chips purchased from the dealer, place your initial bet in accordance with the minimum and maximum limits indicated at the table. Your bet must be placed in the designated spot before the first card is dealt. Thereafter, no more initial bets may be placed.
The dealer deals the cards from a shoe. Only the dealer may touch the cards. The dealer deals one card face up to each player and one card face up to himself. The dealer then deals a second card face up to each player, and a second card face down to himself.
Provided that the dealer does not have a blackjack and depending on the total count of your cards and the value of the dealer’s face-up card, you have the following options:
Surrender if you are not satisfied with your two first cards. By surrendering, you remove yourself from the current round of play and lose half of your initial bet.
Hit for one or more additional cards to get closer to 21 without going over.
Stand if you are satisfied with your hand
Split a pair, i.e. two cards of the same value, including aces, up to a maximum of four hands. Each hand is then played separately. Each time you split a pair, you must wager an additional amount equal to your initial bet. There can be no blackjack on split pairs. Bonus 21 payouts apply, if applicable, on split pairs. Super 7 bonus payouts do not apply to split pairs.
Double down, i.e. wager an additional amount equal to or less than your initial bet, in accordance with the limits indicated at the table, to receive on your hand, only one additional card, you may not double down if your hand is a blackjack or totals a hard 21. You may, however, double down after splitting a pair. Bonus 21 and Super 7 bonus payouts do not apply to doubled down hands.
Double down rescue, i.e. if you are not satisfied with the value of your hand after a double down and your hand count does not exceed 21. You therefore remove yourself from the current round of play, retrieve the amount you added as a double down and lose only your initial bet.
Take insurance if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. In this case, you may place, in the designated spot, an additional amount equal to or less than half of your initial bet, in accordance with the limits indicated at the table, even if nyou have a blackjack. If the dealer draws a blackjack, your ninsurance bet pays 2 to 1. If the dealer does not draw a blackjack, you lose your insurance bet.
The house strategy
After having revealed his face-down card, the dealer completes his hand, as necessary, according to the house strategy, as follows: hit on a count of soft 17 or less and stand on a count of hard 17 or more.
Hand in which an Ace may have the value of either 1 or 11 without the total value of the hand exceeding 21. Example: Soft 17 = a hand that could be made up of an Ace and a 6 for a total value of 7 or 17.
Hand with no Aces or one in which Aces may have only the value of 1. Example: Hard 17 = a hand that could be made up of a 10, a 6 and an Ace for a total value of 17.
- Your blackjack always wins and is paid 3 to 2, even if the dealer has a blackjack.
- If your hand count totals 21, your bet wins and is paid 1 to 1. However, if your winning hand of 21 is composed of a Bonus 21 combination, it is paid according to the Bonus 21 payout table below.
- If your hand count totals 20 or less and is higher than the dealer’s hand, or your hand count totals 20 or less and the dealer’s hand exceeds 21, your bet wins and is paid 1 to 1.
- If your hand and the dealer’s hand tie at 20 or less, your bet neither wins nor loses and you may take it back.
- If your hand count exceeds 21, you lose your bet.
|21 with 5 cards||3 to 2|
|21 with 6 cards||2 to 1|
|21 with 7 or more cards||3 to 1|
|6-7-8||3 to 2|
|6-7-8 of the same suit||2 to 1|
|6-7-8 of spades||3 to 1|
|7-7-7||3 to 2|
|7-7-7 of the same suit||2 to 1|
|7-7-7 of spades||3 to 1|
*Bonus 21 payouts do not apply to doubled down hands.
Super 7 Bonus**
During a game, if your three first cards are three 7s of the same suit and the dealer’s face-up card is also a 7 (of any suit), you automatically win the Super 7 Bonus according to the following payout table:
|Less than $25||$1,000|
|$25 or more||$5,000|
In addition, when a player wins a Super 7 Bonus, all other players at the table who placed a bet during that game win $50.
Note that if more than one Super 7 Bonus is won at a table during the same game, related payouts are made separately for each Super 7 Bonus.
** Super 7 Bonus payouts do not apply to doubled down hands or split pairs.
Side bet - Match the dealer
If indicated at the table, you may, in addition to your initial bet, place a Match the Dealer side bet. This bet must be made in accordance with the limits indicated at the table and be placed in the designated spot before the first card is dealt. A Match the Dealer bet wins if one or both of your first two cards are the same rank as the dealer’s face-up card. Card ranking for purposes of the additional Match the Dealer bet are: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Jack, Queen and King. A winning Match the Dealer bet is paid in accordance with the following payout table:
|Player’s cards (same rank)||Payout|
|One card||3 to 1|
|One card of the same suit||12 to 1|
|Two cards||6 to 1|
|Two cards, one of the same suit||15 to 1|
|Two cards of the same suit||24 to 1|