29 Aug

Spanish 21 Strategy Guide and Advice

99.58% RTP tips and winning strategy for Spanish 21 Blackjack.

99.58% RTP tips and winning strategy for Spanish 21 Blackjack.

Spanish 21 is a blackjack variant in which all tens are removed from the deck. That doesn’t sound like a very friendly game, now does it? Fortunately, many of the other rules were altered to favor the players, giving it an overall house edge of 0.42%.

The following strategy for Spanish 21 is a basic one, but if followed precisely, will deliver the 99.58% RTP promised above.

Spanish 21 Basic Strategy Guide

For ease of understanding, I’ve split this section into three situational parts; Hard Total Hands, Soft Total Hands, and Conditions for Splitting.

How to Decide Hard Total Hands

A hard total is any hand value that does not involve and Ace, or involves an Ace that is counted as 1 (not 11). The following chart details how to handle any situation based on the hard value of your hand.

Hand Value Correct Action by Situation
8 & Under Hit
18 & Up Stand
9 Double if Dealer shows 6; otherwise Hit.
10 Double if Dealer shows 2-7; otherwise Hit.
11 Double if Dealer shows 2-8; otherwise Hit.
12 Hit
13 Stand if Dealer shows 5 or 6. Hit if Dealer shows 2-4 or 7-Ace, or on any 5 cards.
14 Hit if Dealer shows 2, 3 or 7-Ace; Hit on four cards if Dealer shows 4; Hit on 5 cards if Dealer shows 5 or 6; otherwise Stand.
15 Hit if Dealer shows 7+; Hit on four cards if Dealer shows 2; Hit on five cards if Dealer shows 3 or 4; Hit on 6 cards if Dealer shows 5 or 6; otherwise Stand.
16 Surrender to Dealer’s Ace; Hit if Dealer shows 7-K; Hit on 5 cards if Dealer shows 2; Hit on 6 cards if Dealer shows 3 or 4; otherwise Stand.
17 Surrender to Dealer’s Ace; Hit on 6 cards against Dealer’s 8, 9 or 10; otherwise Stand.

How to Decide Soft Total Hands

A soft total is any hand that contains an Ace that is being counted as 11. The exceptional feature here is that hitting any soft total cannot result in a bust, therefore the strategy is more intricate, especially when it comes to doubling or hitting for a 5-, 6- or 7-card Charlie.

Hand Value Correct Action by Situation
15 & Under Hit
19 & Up Stand
16 Double if Dealer shows 6; otherwise Hit. Exceptions: Hiton 4 cards if Dealer shows 6.
17 Double on 2 cards against Dealer’s 4, on 2-3 cards against Dealer’s 5, or on 2-4 cards against Dealer’s 6; otherwise Hit.
18 Hit if Dealer shows 9-Ace; Stand if Dealer shows 2, 3, 7 or 8; Double if Dealer shows 4, 5 or 6. Exceptions: Hit on 4+ cards against Dealer’s 2, 3, 4 or 8; Hit on 5 cards against Dealer’s 5 or 6; Hit on 6 cards against Dealer’s 7.

Conditions for Splitting Pairs

Spanish 21 rules allow for the splitting of any matching pairs (2-2, 7-7, Q-Q, etc.) That doesn’t mean you should always split when dealt a pair. Perfect strategy calls for the following actions when faced with the option to split a hand.

Pair Correct Action by Situation
A-A Split
2-2 Split only if Dealer shows 3 thru 7
3-3 Split only if Dealer shows 3 thru 7
4-4 Do not Split; (see Hard/Soft Hands above)
5-5 Do not Split; (see Hard/Soft Hands above)
6-6 Split only if Dealer shows 4 thru 6
7-7 Split only if Dealer shows 2 thru 7
8-8 Surrender if Dealer shows Ace; otherwise Split.
9-9 Split only if Dealer shows 3 thru 6, 8 or 9
J-J Do not Split; (see Hard/Soft Hands above)
Q-Q Do not Split; (see Hard/Soft Hands above)
K-K Do not Split; (see Hard/Soft Hands above)

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