ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Spanish 21

Updated on July 22, 2011


Ok so I admit that I am a gambler but I am somewhat in control of my habit. I mean you have to have money to gamble right? Or maybe not. I have heard of people who have gambled away their possessions or their paychecks and that is something that I just cannot see myself doing, I am a mom after all and my kids come first no matter what.  As a gambler I enjoy going to casinos all the lights, the noise, the cash and chips being passed around.  Casinos are exciting. My game of choice used to be Blackjack I had so much fun playing.  That was until I was introduced to Spanish 21 and now I don’t think I could ever go back to Blackjack.  I mean why would I?

I remember constantly passing the Spanish 21 table not knowing how to play and thinking that the game was somewhat foreign and difficult to learn.  I had no concept of what the game was about.  That was until one day when my husband was at the casino with me and told me that I should try Spanish 21.  I went hesitantly thinking that I was getting in over my head.  There were only a few people at the table and the dealer was more than willing to help me learn the ins and outs of the game.  I caught on quickly to the concept of the game with her help and pointers.
My first bet was $5 for the base bet and $5 on the match the dealer bet.  I was dealt two Kings of Spades and the dealer had a King of Spade showing so I was immediately paid $120.00 on my match the dealer bet.  So like a drug addict I was hooked from the beginning.  I had turned my $10 into over $100 not a bad start at all.

So it did not take me long after that win to begin to understand the basic rules of Spanish 21.  

The rules for Spanish 21 are truly simple.  Spanish 21 is like Blackjack with a few differences.

  1. The deck has all the 10s taken out.  The deck has all the cards Ace to nine and the face cards but no 10s.
  2. You can bet to match the dealer.  Anytime your cards match the dealer’s up card and you place a bet on the “match the dealer” spot you can win.  The bet is whether either one or both of your cards matches the dealers up card.  The side bet for a six deck game is 4-1 for non suited match and 9-1 for a suited match for an eight deck game its 3-1 for non suited match and 12-1 for a suited match.  So on my first win I had two suited matches and I was playing an eight deck game each match was 12-1 or 24-1 total. I had a placed a bet of $5 and came out with $120.00 not bad for a first time.
  3. A player can surrender their bet.  A player can surrender even after a player has doubled down. 
  4. A player’s blackjack always beats a dealer’s blackjack.  Because the player gets paid first for their match bet and second for blackjack, blackjack always wins for the player.
  5. There is a bonus if the player has three suited 7’s when the dealer has a 7 face up. A bet of $5 - $24 pays $1,000 and bets $25 and over pays $5,000.  In addition an envy bonus of $50 is given to all players at the table.   

I enjoy playing Spanish 21 because not only can you win with your normal blackjack bet but you can also win with the match the dealer bet and if you get a few dealer matches it can really add up quickly.

So the next time you are at the casino and are looking for something a little different to play take a chance and try Spanish 21. 



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Rog - Please let me know what you find out. Sounds interesting.

    • profile image

      Rog17 6 years ago

      Now I've got a whole new theory to work on. It seems to me that if the count was very high (meaning lots of face cards remaining) or very low (meaning lots of 2-6's remaining) you would have a better chance of winning that match bet. I'll have to see if any of my local casinos have Spanish 21. Thanks for broadening my horizons.

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Rog - I am not a card counter but I am sure anything is possible.

    • profile image

      Rog17 6 years ago

      I always wondered about that game. I wonder if you can gain an advantage on it by counting.

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks Jdove - Some casinos do not carry Spanish 21. Keep an eye out its a fun game!

    • profile image

      jdove-miller 8 years ago

      I too love the casino, but I've never seen that game. Next time I go, I'll look for it. Thanks for the explanation.

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      G-Ma - I so want to go but my schedule is crazy now I havent had any time. I have been eyeing 7 Cedars though. I want to go there really badly.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OH now I see...huh? ok next time I will venture to that table...:O) Hugs you gonna be there??? CC

    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you so much creativeone and hello!!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      It is very interesting and you explained it very well. Thanks for your hub.

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for a very informative Spanish 21 hub, thanks for sharing. creatvieone59


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)