How To Play
21 Duel Blackjack follows very similar rules to regular Blackjack but has a few twists that make the game unique and enjoyable in its own way. As usual, the aim of the game is to build a hand that is worth as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21 and going bust.
The game allows you to play up to three hands simultaneously. At the start of a round place your bets in the position marked ‘Ante’ for each hand position that you want to play. You will then be dealt two cards to each position, one face up and the other face down. At the same time, the dealer is also dealt two face down cards and then two face up communal cards are dealt to the centre of the table. These will be used in both your hand and the dealer’s.
You then have a choice for each hand. To abandon a hand click on ‘Fold’ and you will lose your bet and end the round. To continue playing you need to choose whether you want to combine your face up card with the left or right communal card. When you choose a card it will double your initial ‘Ante’ bet.
Once you have been through all the active hands you can then ‘Hit’ to reveal your second card and add it to the hand or ‘Stand’ to keep the hand as it is. One thing to note is that in this game all hands worth 21 are equal unlike in most games of Blackjack where an Ace and a Ten will beat all other hands.
After that, the dealer will choose a communal card and play their hand. If the dealer’s point total is greater than 12 and the hand is closer to 21 than yours is, then you will lose your ‘Ante’ bet and the additional bet. If your point total is greater than the dealer’s you will win 1:1 on your ‘Ante’ bet and the additional bet. If the dealer’s total is lower than 13 then they do not qualify and you will be paid out at 1:1 on your ‘Ante’ bet and the additional bet is returned as a push.
The game gives you the option to place a side bet called ‘2 Up’ on each hand. This is a bet on whether your hand and the communal cards will form a pair or three of a kind. If your hand produces a pair then you are paid out at a bonus of 3:1 and if it forms three of a kind then you will be paid out a massive 20:1.