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Playing 'Spanish' Blackjack

One of the most popular casino card table games worldwide is the Blackjack. Interestingly, there are more than 100 hundred ways of playing this game. Some variations to the game include changes in traditional payout amounts, giving rewards for a hand that features certain cards, allowing insurance or bonus wagers against a hand, and changing the card decks to spice up the game.

This is the last variant that is used in Spanish Blackjack or Spanish 21. In this case, all ten cards are taken out of the deck, thereby leaving only the face cards, i.e., Jack, Queen and King, with the ten value. This works against the player as statistics have shown that the player, rather than the house or dealer, is favored in card decks rich in tens. To try to balance this out, though, the game follows a more liberal set of rules and features an improved way of winning.

Some of the more permissive rules followed by Spanish Blackjack include:

1) A player's blackjack will always win over the dealer's.

2) The surrender option only costs one bet, and late surrender is allowed on the first two cards or by forfeiting half the standing bet when the dealer does not have blackjack.

3) A double down is allowed on any number of cards, and also after a split. Thus, the player can place a second or double wager along with their first, then split their first two cards into two new hands on which a double down can then be applied.

4) Splits can be done at least thrice in a game, and include even hands with Aces.

5) A player may take a hit and double down to split a hand with Aces.

The player is also favored in Spanish blackjack by the superior bonuses and payout rewards, such as:

1) A two-to-one payout for a blackjack with six (6) cards.

2) A three-to-one payout for a blackjack with five (5) cards.

3) A three-to-two payout for a blackjack with the six, seven and eight cards in mixed suits.

4) A three-to-one payout for a blackjack with the six, seven and eight spades.

5) A three-to-one payout for a blackjack with three sevens in mixed suits.

6) A three-to-one payout for a blackjack with three sevens in spades.

7) A two-to-one payout for a blackjack with three sevens in the same suit.

8) An additional reward, depending on the original bet, for the three sevens combination if the dealer's hand also includes a seven. This additional reward may also be given to other players on the table as a lucky "envy" bonus.