Pirate 21 Blackjack

Pirate 21 is the most unique blackjack game, as it uses the ‘Spanish deck', in that there is no 10 in the shoe. In this game, any party that has a total of 21 is the winner. The house edge for Pirate 21 is approximately 0.76%. The main aim as a gamer is to strive to approach 21 without exceeding it. If the value of the first two cards is 21, then you are considered to have Blackjack.

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Playing Basics

A player is allowed to participate in up to 3 hands in each game. There are default table limits that are set, the lowest being $1 and the highest being $100 per hand. If the player has a hand higher than that of the dealer, without having exceeded 21, he will be regarded a winner. In the course of the game, participants can hit, stand, split or double their bet on the current hand and draw another card. It is also allowed to split a single hand into two hands by clicking ‘split'.

Betting and Wagers

If your card matches the dealer's card, then the match side bet has paid out. The wager range is usually between $1 and $100. It is advisable that a gamer bets with $5 to increase odds of winning.

Game Strategy

  • The winner is always player 21.
  • The player is allowed to double on any number of cards.
  • The dealer hits Soft 17, and the player blackjack beats the dealer blackjack.
  • It is possible to split aces twice.
  • Surrender is allowed but after a long period.

Things to Avoid

One should avoid playing without mastering the rules of pirate 21, as they are slightly different from other forms of blackjack. A player should also avoid deviating from their system of playing. Repetitive use of a particular system may make the person a winner if it is good.

Benefits

For as long as you have placed a match with the dealer's side bet, you are guaranteed a 4 to 1 payout. There are bonuses on bets above $25 in most stations.
It is also possible to surrender even after doubling your bet.

FAQ

Why is the number of decks important? The more decks in the shoe translate to a higher edge for the house.

Should I at any point take insurance against the game? No. It is not advisable as taking chances is more likely to be profitable in the long run.

Should dealers stand or hit on soft 17? Dealers stand on soft 17, and this benefits the player in the long run.

What is the main objective of the game? It is to beat the dealer.