Match Play 21 is a variation of traditional Blackjack
, bringing in a series of slight rule changes to bring a fresh perspective to players, as well as slightly altered payouts to make things seem better to the player but in actually are more advantageous to the house.
Match Play 21 is a game that has become more popular in recent years, with many casinos adopting the game onto their floors, putting them alongside their traditional Blackjack games to garner more interest. So, how does this new styled Blackjack game work?
Match Play 21 works like common Blackjack, but sees all of the 10 cards in the deck taken out. Face cards with a value of 10 remain in the deck and are played with their original values still in tact.
While the game is played with a variety of decks put into play, Match Play 21 is frequently played with six decks. Some casinos will play with as few as two decks, and the maximum pushed into play is generally eight decks.
Traditional rules for Match Play 21 include:
Dealer Hits on a Soft 17.
Blackjack pays out 3:2.
Splits are allowed for any two cards of equal values. Players may Split up to three times.
Players can Double Down on any two cards. Players are given one card after deciding to Double Down.
Players playing online will have the deck shuffled after every hand.
Insurance is available and pays 2:1 if the bet hits.
Perhaps the best feature in the rules of Match Play 21 is the fact that there are some higher than 2:1 payouts for certain hands dealt, with no additional side bet required to cash in on those hands.
Payouts for Match 21 hands are as follows:
Match Play 21 (7, 7, 7 for player and Dealer Up Card of 7): 40:1
Player Natural Blackjack: 3:2
777 All Spades: 3:1
678 All Spades: 3:1
21 on 7 or more dealt cards: 3:1
777 Suited: 2:1
678 Suited: 2:1
21 on 6 cards: 2:1
777 Any Suit: 3:2
678 Any Suit: 3:2
21 on 5 Cards: 3:2
Standard Win: 2:1
As you can see, Match Play 21 is pretty similar to the traditional Blackjack Game that you are likely more familiar with. The game is really quite easy to pick up, and players will likely enjoy it with the modified payouts.