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strategy with Spanish 21 is a variation of blackjack, that in some cases is the best bet in the casino. In locations where the dealer stands on a soft 17, or redoubling is allowed, Spanish 21 may be a better bet than blackjack, depending on the specific blackjack rules.

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Spanish 21 is a variation of blackjack, that in some cases is the best bet in the casino. In locations where the dealer stands on a soft 17, or redoubling is allowed, Spanish 21 may be a better bet than blackjack, depending on the specific blackjack rules. If you are looking for a change of pace from traditional blackjack but insist on a game with a low house edge, then you may find new excitement in Spanish 21.
In Australia and Malaysia, Spanish 21 is called Pontoon. There are some rule changes in Australia, which merit a separate page. For all the details please visit my page on Australian Pontoon . To make matters more confusing, there is another similar game, but different enough to warrant a separate page, called Player’s Edge 21 .
Next is the Spanish 21 basic strategy when the dealer stands on a soft 17.
Note: If drawing to split aces is not allowed, and the dealer stands on soft 17 (as is the case at the Mohegan Sun), then hit A,A vs A.
The next table if for when the dealer hits a soft 17, redoubling is allowed, and the player has not already doubled.
The next table if for when the dealer hits a soft 17, redoubling is allowed, and the player has already doubled, which limits his options to stand, surrender, and double again.
Many readers have expressed doubt about my advice to hit 17 against an ace with 3 or more cards. However, I stand by what I said. The player will save about 2.8% of the initial wager by hitting as opposed to standing. The dealers will advise against this play and the other players may curse the day you were born, but trust me, the odds favor hitting.
The probability of hitting the Super Bonus is 1 in 668,382, with six decks, and 1 in 549,188 with eight decks. The reduction in the house edge depends on the bet amount, and to a lesser extent, the number of players. With no other players, and bets of exactly $5 or $25, the Super Bonus lowers the house edge by 0.030% in a six-deck game, and 0.036% in an eight-deck game. At a bet of exactly $5, the Envy Bonus lowers the house edge by an additional 0.0015% in a six-deck game, and 0.0018% in an eight-deck game, per additional player.
For bet amounts other than those indicated above, the benefit of the Super Bonus will go down as the bet amount goes up.
No Draw to Split Aces : At the Mohegan Sun drawing to split aces is NOT allowed. The effect of this rule is to increase the house edge by 0.29%.
Ace and 10 after splitting aces pays 3 to 2 : I have an unconfirmed report that at at one time the Meskaki casino in central Iowa paid 3 to 2 on an ace and 10 after splitting aces. I have another unconfirmed report that as of Aug. 2010 they removed the Spanish 21 table completely. According to my calculations this lowers the house edge by 0.16%. Otherwise they hit a soft 17 and no redoubling, for an overall house edge of 0.60%.
Doubling only allowed on first two cards : I had a false report that a casino in Malaysia didn’t allow doubling on any number of cards. If such a rule did exist, it would increase the house edge by 0.16%.
Match the Dealer is a side bet found in both blackjack and Spanish 21. The player wins for each of his initial two cards that match the dealer’s up card. Matches in rank only pay less than a match in rank and suit. The following tables show the various pay tables that I am aware of for Spanish 21.
I would like to give a huge thanks to Katarina Walker for correcting some minor strategy errors in this page. She is the author of The Pro’s Guide to Spanish 21 and Australian Pontoon .

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strategy begin The original, world-famous strategy charts for single-deck blackjack by the Wizard of Odds.

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1: Total dependent expected return table for an infinite deck

2a: Probabilities of dealer blackjack after peek

2b: Probabilities of dealer blackjack before peek

3a: Exceptions to single-deck S17 basic strategy

3b: Exceptions to double-deck S17 basic strategy

3c: Exceptions to single-deck H17 basic strategy

4: Blackjack standard deviation details

5: Infinite deck expected return by player hand and dealer upcard

6: Fine points of when to surrender

7: Effect of card removal

8: Analysis of blackjack side bets

9: Composition-dependent expected returns for 1 to 8 decks

10: Continuous shuffling machine vs. cut card

11: Value and strategy for 678 and 777 bonuses

12: Risk of ruin statistics

13: Probabilities in the first four cards

14: Value of each initial player card

15: House edge using total-dependent vs. composition-dependent basic strategy

16: Basic strategy when dealer exposes both cards

17: The Ace-Five card counting method

18: Basic strategy exceptions for three to six cards

19: Blackjack splitting strategy when a back-player is betting

20: Blackjack doubling strategy when doubling after splitting aces is allowed

21: Details on the Wizard’s Simple Strategy

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My comments on the movie ’21’

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To use the basic strategy, look up your hand along the left vertical edge and the dealer’s up card along the top. In both cases an A stands for ace. From top to bottom are the hard totals, soft totals, and splittable hands. There are two charts depending on whether the dealer hits or stands on soft 17.
Blackjack Appendix 3A lists exceptions to the single deck, dealer stands on soft 17, basic strategy based on the exact composition of the player’s hand.
Blackjack Appendix 3C lists exceptions to the single deck, dealer hits on soft 17, basic strategy based on the exact composition of the player’s hand.
Boss Media Appendix 1 has a composition dependent basic strategy for single-deck, dealer stands on soft 17, blackjack.

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strategy with This page shows my strategy for the 10-hand version of 8/6 Ultimate X Bonus Poker Deluxe. With perfect play, which requires knowing more than one correct play for many hands based on the average multiplier, the expected return of this game is 99.70%.

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8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe 10-Play Ultimate X Strategy

This page shows my strategy for the 10-hand version of 8/6 Ultimate X Bonus Poker Deluxe . With perfect play, which requires knowing more than one correct play for many hands based on the average multiplier, the expected return of this game is 99.70%. If you use the following single strategy at all times, the expected return is 99.67%. So you are giving up 0.03% in long-term return in exchange for a single, simple strategy.
Please note this strategy is not appropriate for the single-line Ultimate X game .
Below the strategy are some exceptions based on the average multiplier, which will boost the return slightly above 99.67%.
The exceptions listed below will bring the above strategy a little closer to perfect strategy. This list of exceptions is not a complete list.

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