Advanced game play for Spanish 21 Blackjack
Blackjack is a game that allows you to put your skill to work whenever you play it and mastering the Spanish 21 variant is the ultimate test of your game play prowess. While most players generally avoid this game due to the fact that it is played with a 48 card deck that severely impacts potential payout rates, the fact of the matter is that a number of strategic options can be exercised within the game to counter the poor returns, provided you play correctly of course!
These favourable options include later surrender, the option to double after splitting, the ability to re-split aces as well as hit or double after doing so, doubling on any number of cards and the fact that your blackjack will ultimately always beat dealer blackjack. Another game changer in the rules is the ability to surrender after doubling, which can really turn a game around. As you can see, Spanish 21 Blackjack has a number of unique features that you don't usually encounter in standard blackjack and these will put your skills to the test.
The aforementioned Spanish 21 blackjack rules do mean that you need to adjust your blackjack strategy according to the game, keeping in mind that the approach to doubling is different. In this game you will be required to double more often than you may be used to depending on how many cards you have. For example, you should double a hard 11 against any card the dealer holds unless you have three or more cards or the dealer has a ten or ace. If you have four or more cards do not double against the dealers two, six, seven or eight. And if you're holding five or more cards, never double against a hard eleven.
That said, bear in mind that doubling soft hands is drastically limited due to the removal of 10s from the playing deck. This means that you will never double a soft 14 or lower and you'll only double a soft 15 if you're faced with a six and are holding less than four cards. Similarly, doubling with 16, 17 or 18 is similarly complex as it is based on more factors than most are used to.
Due to the liberal splitting rules you will also find that you end up splitting a great deal more in Spanish 21 as long as you're not holding fours, fives or tens. The most complicated paired hand that you will have to master is the 99 which requires you to stand against the dealers two, seven, ten or ace and split in all other instances. This is an unusual hand as standing is generally a stronger option against two or seven due the chances that the dealer could bust, as well as the fact that you are required to hit on 17 and may still lose.