Spanish 21 is a game that has many similarities to Blackjack, although some of the rules do vary that give more opportunity for the player to win over the dealer in a game that has a large house edge. Players that have played Blackjack are well on their way to playing this game, sinec the object is to create a hand of 21, or at least hand that is better than the dealer's. In Spanish 21, there are no 10 cards since they are removed from the 608 decks of Spanish cards that are used. All cards are valued the same way that they are in Blackjack.
There are many Strategy that can give players a better chance to win big in Blackjack, but despite the many similarities between the two games, it's not as easy to find a strategy that will successfully lead to a bigger profit for the player; especially since it is a game that was designed specifically with card counters in mind so it will decrease or eliminate their opportunity to lower the house edge in the game. Blackjack players need to understand that when playing Spanish 21, the rules of strategy need to be written; they just won't have any success if trying to apply tried and true Blackjack Strategy to Spanish 21.
In Spanish 21, there are some Strategy that can be applied - although they might not lead to the same success as in Blackjack, they can give players more opportunity not to lose at every hand. Strategy in Spanish 21 are just as complicated as they are in Blackjack, so players need to be patient and dedicated if they want to hang onto some of their money when playing this game.
Strategy in Spanish 21 differ from Blackjack because there are fewer cards in the deck as a result of the 10 cards removed (though other 10 value cards like face cards do remain). With 25% less 10 value cards, players must adjust their strategy; plus, due to special bonuses for hands that total 21, additional changes are introduced. There are some basic strategy rules that will help in Spanish 21, including the following that will get players started to creating more successful hands:
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 5 to 9 - hit on your hand
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 10 to 11 (with 5 or more cards) or 2 to 7 - hit
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 10 or 11 or 2 to 7- double down
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 10 or 11 or 8 to Ace - hit
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 12 to 14 - hit
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card that is 15 or 16 or 2 to 6 - stand
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card of 15 or 16 or 7 to Ace - hit
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card of 17 to 21 - stand
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card of Ace to 3 or Ace to 6 - hit
- If your dealer has a hand with an up card of Ace to 7 or 21 - stand