Most blackjack fans have tried or at least heard of Spanish 21. When you know how to use the right strategy, it can be a very rewarding game. It’s very important to familiarize yourself with the rules and basic strategies before you start playing, because Spanish 21 is much more complicated than most of the other versions of blackjack. This article talks about how to approach the game and maybe adapt your regular blackjack strategies to the different rules.
The main feature of Spanish 21 is that after all the 10s are taken out, the Spanish deck with 48 cards remains. This means that the player is disadvantaged, so there are some rules that let players compensate for it when playing correctly. Surrendering late, doubling after splitting, re-splitting aces, doubling with any number of cards and surrendering after doubling are all allowed. In addition to that, having a 21 is always a win for the player, and so is having a blackjack when the dealer also has blackjack.
The main change in strategy is that, with hard hands, against weak dealer cards you can hit more often with weak totals. You should always hit a hard 12. You can also always hit a hard 13, except when it’s against a six. Against a dealer with a two or three you also should hit hard totals of 14. Doubling profitably is less common.
When it comes to soft hands you also need to be less aggressive about doubling. Never double with a 14 or lower, and when you have a 15 only double when it’s against a six. Against a five or six you can double with 16. With 17 or 18 it’s against a four, five or six.