There are a number of cool variants of blackjack available at online casinos. One of these exciting blackjack variants is 21 Duel Blackjack. This game plays out like a standard blackjack game, but has some features that make it exciting and player-friendly. This game plays more like a blackjack version of Texas Hold’em, making it more exciting than a regular blackjack game. Plus, you can play this game in single-hand as well as multi-hand versions.
21 Duel Blackjack is played using 6 regular decks of cards. However, the difference is in the deal: the dealer deals 6 cards instead of the usual 4 – 2 for the player, 2 for the dealer, and 2 more community cards that the player and the dealer can use to form their hands. Players also have the option of employing the 2 Up side bet to boost their winnings. There is, however, a maximum limit for the 2 Up side bet, depending on the casino you are playing at. Most of the other rules in the game are the same as those for a regular blackjack game.
The aim of playing 21 Duel Blackjack is to hit a blackjack by scoring 21, or at least score around that number, without going bust. You can take the help of the community cards available in the game to boost your overall score and beat the dealer. While the rules remain more or less the same, you still need to beat the dealer to ensure a winning paycheck.
How to Play
21 Duel Blackjack is avail not just for real money play but also for fun. This means players can practice the game till they are familiar with all its nuances. Once they are comfortable with the game, they can move on to play for real money. The first step to playing 21 Duel Blackjack is to place a bet. The minimum bet is 1 credit, while the maximum is 300 (100 in single hand mode). While placing the bet prior to starting the game, players also have the option of placing the 2 Up side bet.
After the bets have been placed, the dealer deals the cards. Unlike most other blackjack games where the dealer deals 4 cards initially – 2 for himself and 2 for the player, in 21 Duel Blackjack the dealer deals 6 cards. The two extra cards are the community cards. The player and the dealer use one of these cards to get started with forming his hand. The 2 cards of the dealer are face-down, while the player has one card face down and the other face-up.
The usual rules of blackjack apply to 21 Duel Blackjack as well. Once you have chosen a community card to strengthen your hand, your bet gets doubled and you also have the option of standing or hitting. If you hit, the face-down card is opened and the three cards you have now together form your hand. Then the dealers hand starts. He turns a card over and chooses his community card. These two cards, together with his third card – the second face-down card, form his hand.
The dealer wins if his hand is higher than yours and also higher than 12. In this situation he wins both bets. The player wins if his hand is higher than the dealer’s. IN that situation he wins 1:1 on both bets. The different options a player has in the course of a game include fold, hit, and stand. Players do not have the option of surrendering, doubling down, splitting, splitting aces, re-splitting, or placing insurance bets in this game. Also there is no blackjack in this game as all hands that make up 21 are equal in value.
The payouts are cool in 21 Duel Blackjack, with players assured 1:1 wins on both bets. That becomes better if the player wins because the dealer’s hand did not qualify. In that situation the player wins 1:1 on the first bet and gets a push on the second bet. Players also have the option of placing the 2 Up side bet. The maximum value for this wager is 60. Players can win this side bet if three of the up cards on the table match once all the cards are face-up. The payouts vary for this side bet: 3:1 if the three cards have a pair within and 20:1 if all the three cards match. Players could lose the main game and yet win the 2 Up side bet.
- The dealer stands on a hand of 17
- The dealer can draw on a hand lower than 17
How to Win
To win, a player has to:
- Score 21 or thereabouts at the end of the hand, including the community cards
- Get three of the cards in the hand, including the community cards, to match. All three cards matching gives a 20:1 payout, while 2 cards forming a pair out of the 3 gives a 3:1 payout.
The Game Rules
- This game uses 6 standard card decks
- All cards are shuffled at the beginning of a hand
- The dealer deals 6 cards, including 2 community cards.
- Player and dealer uses one of the community cards to form hands
- There is no blackjack and player gets a 1:1 payout if he beats the dealer
How to Play and Some Basic Tips
21 Duel Blackjack is tough to play initially but a lot of fun because of the unique twists that the game has. The community cards change the entire calculation when it comes to wagering, because players have to use them to form their hands, and what hand they are able to form determines whether they stand or hit or just fold.
Winning is possible in multiple ways, either by using just the community cards to form a strong hand, or by placing the 2 Up side bet as well. Strategy plays a crucial role in this game, and what community card the player chooses can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Because this is a game that allows multi-hand play, the maximum amount you bet goes up to 300. For single-hand play it is 100. There is also the 2 Up side bet value, which can be a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 60.