Blackjack Super Fun 21 uses the same rules basic as almost every other blackjack type. Thus, the aim of the game is to get as close to 21 without exceeding it and going bust. At the same time, you will have to try to beat the dealer’s hand. All the number cards are worth their face values whilst face cards (Jack, Queen, King) are all worth 10. Aces are worth either 1 or 11. Thus, to form Blackjack, you will need to build a hand containing an Ace and a 10-value card. This is the strongest hand you can hold in standard blackjack games.
To get things started, the dealer will deal the player two face-up cards and will receive one face up and a face down card themselves. The player will be able to place an insurance bet if the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. This is a side bet that ensures that if the dealer has Blackjack, the player will not lose money on the hand. The cost of the insurance bet is half the stake and it pays at 2:1.
If the dealer is showing a 10, they will instantly check for blackjack. This ensures that if they have it, the player will not lose any further money. Blackjack means the dealer will win unless the player has blackjack as well.
Onto the gameplay itself. As per usual, the player will be able to Hit, Stand, Double Down, Surrender or Split. That means the following:
- Hit: This is when the player takes an additional card.
- Stand: This is when the player decides not to take any further cards and finish their turn.
- Double Down: This is when the player decides to double their bet. In this version of blackjack it is possible at any time, not only after the first two cards. When doubling down, a player will only take one further card than stand.
- Surrender: This is when the player decides to give up their hand but receive half of their bet back. In Blackjack Super Fun 21, players can surrender at any time, even after Doubling Down.
- Split: This is when a player decides to split two cards to make two separate hands. They may only do that if they have a pair of cards. In doing so, the player doubles their bet and receives additional cards on each split hand. A pair can be split up to four times and split aces may be re-split, hit and doubled. In fact, it is even allowed to surrender after splitting.
In Blackjack Super Fun 21, the dealer will always hit on 16 or lower. In addition, they will always hit on soft 17s, until the hand is 17 or above. When the dealer has 18 or higher, they will always stand. Likewise, if they have a hard 17, they will stand as well.
A soft hand contains an Ace. The ace can act as 1 or 11. Hard hands do not contain an ace. Thus, if the dealer has an Ace, you can expect them to hit at least one time.
When it comes to payouts, Blackjack Super Fun 21 is slightly unusual. For instance, a player will always win if they have blackjack, regardless of whether or not the dealer has blackjack as well. Although, when a player does have blackjack, they will only receive even money, rather than the conventional 3:2. If the player’s blackjack is suited diamonds, they will be paid 2:1. Likewise, if the player makes 21 with five cards, they will be paid 2:1. In addition, if the dealer has a higher hand than the player, but the player is holding six cards without going bust, the player automatically wins at 1:1.
Blackjack Super Fun 21 Characteristics
Essentially, Blackjack Super Fun 21 is a blackjack variant with a few more changes than most other variants. To help you remember them, here is a list:
- A player who has blackjack will always win
- When the player has blackjack, it will always pay 1:1, unless the player has suited diamonds, which pays 2:1
- Players are allowed to split aces and can even hit or double after doing so
- Players can split any pair up to four times
- It is possible to surrender on any hand, even after Doubling Down
- Players can double down at any time, they are not restricted to doing so immediately after receiving their two initial cards
- If the player has six cards but does not bust, their hand will automatically win, regardless of what the dealer has
- Whenever a player makes a hand of 21 with five or more cards, they will receive a 2:1 payout
Basic Blackjack Super Fun 21 Strategy
If you want to drastically improve your chances of winning at Super Fun 21, your best chance in doing so is reverting to basic strategy. This means making the mathematically optimum decision at all times. Basic strategy is shown in a chart, but if you do not want to play with a chart to hand, then there are some rules you can memorise.
If you have a hard hand:
- You should always hit if your hand is worth anything up to 8
- Always Double Down if your hand is worth 9 and the dealer is show a 3 to 6. If the dealer has any other cards, Hit
- Double Down if your hand is worth 10. If the dealer also has a 10, simply Hit
- Always Double Down on 11
- Stand if you have 12, unless the dealer is showing 3 to 6, in which case, you should Hit
- Hit if you have 13 or 14, unless the dealer shows anything from 2 to 6, in which case, Stand
- Stand on 15 if the dealer is showing 2 to 6. Surrender if the dealer shows a 10 or Ace. In other cases, simply Hit
- Stand if you have 16 and the dealer is showing 2 to 6. Surrender if the dealer shows 9, 10 or Ace, otherwise, Hit
- Surrender if your hand is 17 and the Dealer reveals an Ace. In other cases, Stand
- Stand if your hand is worth 18 or more.
If you have a soft hand:
- Always Hit if your hand is 13
- Double Down if you have 14 and the dealer is showing 6, otherwise Hit
- Double Down if you have 15 and the dealer is showing 5 or 6, otherwise, Hit
- Double Down if you have 16 and the dealer is showing 4 to 6, otherwise, Hit
- Double Down on 17 if the dealer is showing 3 to 6, otherwise, Hit
- Double Down on 18 if the dealer is showing 3 to 6. Stand if the dealer is showing 2, 7 or 8, otherwise, Hit
- Double Down on 19 if the dealer is showing 6, otherwise Stand
- Always stand if you have a soft 20
If you have a pair:
- Split a pair of 2s if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 7, otherwise, Hit
- Split a pair of 3s if the dealer is showing 3 to 7, in other cases, simply Hit
- Split a pair of 4s if the dealer is showing 5 or 6, otherwise, Hit
- Double Down on a pair of 5s unless the dealer is showing 10, in which case, Hit
- Split a pair of 6s if the dealer is showing 2 to 6, otherwise, Hit
- Split a pair of 7s if the dealer is showing 2 to 7, otherwise, Hit
- Split a pair of 8s unless the dealer is showing an Ace, in which case Surrender
- Split a pair of 9s unless the dealer is showing a 7, 10 or Ace, in which case, Stand
- Always Stand on a pair of 10-value cards
- Always Split a pair of Aces