Spanish 21 - Rules and General Info

Here we go with one more profitable variation of blackjack which is called Spanish 21. It is becoming popular more and more and even there is no principal difference in it from the original blackjack, a few peculiarities make it unique and quite worth got being known to.


Spanish 21 Blackjack is appreciated by all people differently.

One people say it's quite unprofitable game to be played to, first of all because of the enormous house advantage given to casino because of using in this game a 48-card deck (a Spanish deck) with all the 10s removed. The casino's house edge is increased in this case by nearly 25% and practically makes it very difficult to win over a dealer. That's why they say it's quite foolish to spend time on this game because there are a lot of others which give a way bigger chance to win than Spanish 21.

Others say that everything is not so bad and that thosepessimistic opinions are proclaimed by those who never even tried to play it in casinos online. The matter is that though the game really gives a giant house advantage to the casino, there are a lot of cunning twists in it that quite equate the dealer's and the player's chances. First of all it goes in that way in casinos where dealer stands on soft 17s, which is more profitable for the player. Second - which is much more important - is that the player's 21 always win over the dealer's 21.

So let's look over the rules more thoroughly to make up our own mind.


  • Dealer peeks for blackjack on all 10s and Aces.
  • The game is played with 2, 4, 6 or 8 Spanish decks.
  • Dealer hits on soft 17s.
  • Player's Blackjack and 21 always beat same dealer's hand.
  • Late surrender is allowed, and also surrender after doubling down.
  • Doubling down is allowed on any number of cards and after re-split.
  • Splitting 3 times makes 4 hands.
  • Aces are permitted to re-split
  • Different 10-valued cards can be split


Spanish 21 rules and bonus payouts are tied together tightly, and if your hand has 21, you may qualify for bonus payouts:

  • 5 cards resulting 21 are paid 3:2
  • 6 cards resulting 21 are paid 2:1
  • 7 and more cards resulting 21 are paid 3:1
  • 6-7-8 of mixed suit are paid 3:2
  • 6-7-8 of same suit are paid 2:1
  • 6-7-8 spades only are paid 3:1
  • 7-7-7 of mixed suit are paid 3:2
  • 7-7-7 of same suit are paid 2:1
  • 7-7-7 spades only are paid 3:1
  • Player gets Super Bonus when having three 7s suited and dealer draws 7 in any suit. Bets 5$ to 24$ are paid a super bonus 1000$, and bets starting from 25$ are paid super bonus of 5000$. Also to each player an Envy bonus of 50$ is paid.


So those are the rules of Spanish 21. Whether you are going to play them or not - it's up to you to decide, but it's always to try once than a hundred times to read. It is also advised strongly to read all info about blackjack card games variations to master the topic.

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