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21 Duel Blackjack

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21 Duel Blackjack
6 Decks
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21 Duel Blackjack is a card game, played with 6 decks. The object of the game is to have a point total higher than the dealer, but no higher than 21. Card values are similar to Blackjack: number cards count at face value, picture cards are worth 10 points, and the Ace is worth 1 point or 11 points. However, unlike Blackjack, all hands with a total of 21 are equal (Ace and Ten is the same as a three-card 21).

How to play 21 Duel Blackjack

Click on chips to select a value and click on the area marked ANTE to place a chip of that value. Every left-click increases your bet amount, every right-click decreases it. Because this game may require you to place an additional bet at some point, your balance should include enough money to cover that bet. The additional bet is the same size as your ante bet. If your balance is not high enough, you will get a warning.

You can also place a side bet by clicking on the area marked 2 UP. This bet is not mandatory.

Click the Deal button. You will be dealt two cards, one face up and one face down. The dealer will be dealt two cards face down. Two more cards will be dealt face up in the middle of the table. These are the communal cards - they are used in both your hand and the dealer's hand.

You now have the following options:

  • Fold - end the round and lose your ante bet. If you placed a 2 Up sidebet and won, you will still get your winnings.
  • Left card/Right card - select one of the two communal cards to use with your face-up card. Click on the corresponding button, or on one of the communal cards themselves. Please note that you will need to place an additional bet to keep playing.

The point total of your face-up card and the chosen communal card is shown. You now have the following options:

  • Hit - open your face-down card and add it to the hand. If your point total goes over 21, you lose the round instantly.
  • Stand - discard your face-down card and keep playing with only two cards. This option is also chosen automatically if the two cards make up a total of 21 points.

The dealer reveals one card and chooses a communal card. The dealer's communal card is chosen according to a strict set of rules, explained below.

  • If the dealer's point total is higher than 12 and higher than yours, you lose both bets.
  • If your point total is higher than the dealer's, you win 1:1 on both bets.
  • If the dealer's point total is lower than 13 he does not qualify. You win 1:1 on your Ante bet and push on the additional bet, even if your point total is lower than the dealer's.
  • If the point totals are equal, it's a push and your bets are returned to you.

If you want to play another round, press New Game. Then place a bet as described above and click the Deal button, or click Rebet to place the same bet as in the previous round.


Dealer's Rules

After the player has made his choice, the dealer reveals first of his face-down cards, and chooses a communal card. When choosing the communal card, the dealer must create the best possible hand according to the House Way. The table below shows the possible hands. Better hands are on top, and the dealer must choose the first one possible.

2-Card Score Hand Composition
21 Ace and any 10
20 A-9 and 10-10
19 A-8 and 10-9
11 9-2, 8-3, 7-4, 6-5
10 8-2, 7-3, 6-4, 5-5
9 7-2, 6-3, 5-4
18 9-9, 10-8, A-7
17 9-8, 10-7, A-6
Soft 16 A-5
Soft 15 A-4
Soft 14 A-3
Soft 13 A-2
Soft 12 A-A
8 2-6, 3-5, 4-4
7 2-5, 3-4
6 2-4, 3-3
5 2-3
12 9-3, 8-4, 7-5, 6-6, 10-2
13 9-4, 8-5, 7-6, 10-3
14 9-5, 8-6, 7-7, 10-4
15 9-6, 8-7, 10-5
16 9-7, 8-8, 10-6
4 2-2
  • The dealer must always hit on 16 or lower, and stand on 17. If the dealer hits, his second face-down card is revealed. Its point value is added to the hand total.
  • If the dealer's hand is worth less than 13 points, the dealer doesn't qualify and you win the round, even if your point total is lower than the dealer's. In this case, you win even money on your Ante bet, and push on the 2nd bet.

2 Up Bet:

This is a side bet on the first three cards to be shown on the table (your face-up card and the two communal cards). If these cards contain any pair, you win 3:1 on your bet. If the three cards make up 3 of a Kind, you win 20:1 on your bet.

21 Duel Blackjack is available to play at the following casinos: