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A Beginner’s Guide to Blackjack Super Fun 21

An Introduction to Blackjack Super Fun 21

Blackjack Super Fun 21 is a variant of the game that was developed a little over 20 years ago and today, it can be found in many Las Vegas casinos, online casinos, and other casinos around the world. The game truly lives up to its name thanks to a number of rules that are hugely advantageous to players.

For example, players always win if the hand has six cards or more, hands can be split up to four times, a player blackjack beats a dealer blackjack, and much more. Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with this Blackjack variant; in this guide, you will find all you need to get started playing, including the rules, and some strategy tips to help you get off to the best possible start.

How to Play Blackjack Super Fun 21

In nearly every way, Blackjack Super 21 follows the rules of a standard Blackjack game. The gameplay itself will be familiar to anyone who has played Blackjack before. 

The aim of the game is to build a hand of cards that has a value closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand but without exceeding 21, which is known as going bust. As in regular Blackjack, the number cards are worth their face values, the picture cards (Jack, Queen, King) are all worth 10, and Aces are worth 1 or 11. This means that it is possible to build a hand worth 21 with just two cards, and ace and a 10 card. This is known as Blackjack and it is the best possible hand.

After placing your bets, you will be dealt two face up cards and the dealer will receive one face up and one face down. At this point, if the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, then you will be offered Insurance. This is a side bet against the dealer having Blackjack. The side bet costs half of your initial bet and if the dealer does have Blackjack, then you are paid out at 2:1.

If the dealer’s face up card is worth 10, then they will also check for Blackjack, however; insurance isn’t offered. If the dealer then has Blackjack, the round will end and the dealer wins (unless you too have Blackjack). Otherwise, the hand continues and players are given the following options:

  • Hit – This means that you request another card to your hand and you may continue doing so until your hand wins or exceeds 21.
  • Stand – This means that you are happy with the hand and play moves on.
  • Double Down – This means that you double your bet, you are dealt just one more card to the hand, and then play moves on. In nearly every other version of Blackjack, this is only allowed after the first two cards are dealt; however, in Super Fun 21, it can be used at any time.
  • Surrender – This gives you the chance to abandon a hand in exchange for receiving half of your bet back. In Super Fun 21, surrender is allowed on any number of cards, including after a Double Down.
  • Split – If you are dealt a pair then you are given the chance to split them into two separate hands. You will need to double your bet and then each of the cards in the pair receives an additional card. You can then play each hand independently. In this version of Blackjack, a pair can be split up to four times and split aces may be re-split, hit, and doubled. Furthermore, surrender is allowed after splitting.

Once the players have finished, it is the dealer’s turn to play. The dealer will hit on 16 or lower, and soft 17, until the hand is 17 or over. If the dealer has 18 or higher or a hard 17 then the house stands.

Once the dealer has finished, winning hands are paid out. If the dealer’s hand is stronger than the player’s is, then the dealer wins. If the player’s hand has more points, then the player wins even money, unless the player has 21 made up of five cards, which pays at 2:1. If the two hands are equal then the bet is returned to the player as a push. If the player has Blackjack, it wins even money, unless it is a suited diamond Blackjack, in which case it pays 2:1. If the player has six or more cards and hasn’t gone bust, the hand automatically wins.

A Summary of Super Fun 21 Differences

Here is a quick summary of the differences between regular Blackjack and Super Fun 21:

  • The player always wins with Blackjack
  • Blackjack pays 1:1 unless it is suited diamonds, in which case it pays 2:1
  • Split aces may be hit or doubled
  • Any pair may be split up to four times
  • Surrender is allowed after any number of cards, including after a Double Down
  • Double Down is available after any number of cards
  • A six card Charlie automatically wins
  • A hand of 21 with five or more cards pays 2:1

Blackjack Super Fun 21 Strategy

A great thing about playing Blackjack is that it is possible to play according to a mathematical strategy that should improve your chances of winning. You don’t need to understand the maths behind the strategy to follow it, so here is a quick explanation of what to do in almost every situation.

Hard Hands

If you have a hard hand, it means that the hand does not contain an Ace or if it does have an Ace, then the Ace can only count as 1 (i.e. if it was 11, then the hand would be bust). Follow these rules if you have a hard hand:

  • If your hand is worth anything up to 8 then you should always Hit
  • If your hand is worth 9, Double Down if the dealer is showing anything from 3 to 6, otherwise Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 10, Double Down, unless the dealer shows 10, in which case Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 11, always Double Down.
  • If your hand is worth 12, Stand if the dealer is showing anything from 3 to 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 13 or 14, Stand if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 15, Stand if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 6, Surrender if the dealer is showing a 10 or an Ace, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 16, Stand if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 6, Surrender if the dealer shows 9, 10 or Ace, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth 17, Surrender if the dealer is showing an Ace, otherwise, Stand.
  • If your hand is worth 18 or more, Stand.

Soft Hands

A soft hand is one that contains an Ace that can be worth either 1 or 11. If you have a soft hand then you should do the following:

  • If your hand is worth soft 13, always Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 14, Double Down if the dealer is showing 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 15, Double Down if the dealer is showing a 5 or 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 16, Double Down if the dealer is showing anything from a 4 to a 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 17, Double Down if the dealer is showing anything from 3 to 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 18, Double Down if the dealer is showing anything from 3 to 6, Stand if the dealer is showing 2, 7 or 8, otherwise Hit.
  • If your hand is worth soft 19, Double Down if the dealer is showing a 6, otherwise Stand.
  • If your hand is worth soft 20, always Stand.

After you have hit, there are a few scenarios where the strategy changes slightly:

  • Hit 9 against a dealer 3 on two cards.
  • Hit 10 against a dealer Ace on two cards.
  • The only correct time to Double Down after hitting two cards are 10 against a dealer 4, 5, or 6 and soft 19 against a dealer 6
  • On five cards, always hit if you have 15 or lower and 16 against anything but a dealer 5 or 6.

Pairs

If the first two cards you are dealt have the same value then they are a pair. If you are dealt a pair then you should do the following:

  • A pair of 2s: Split if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 7, otherwise, Hit.
  • A pair of 3s: Split if the dealer is showing anything from 3 to 7, otherwise, Hit.
  • A pair of 4s: Split if the dealer is showing 5 or 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • A pair of 5s: Double Down unless the dealer is showing 10, in which case Hit.
  • A pair of 6s: Split if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 6, otherwise, Hit.
  • A pair of 7s: Split if the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 7, otherwise, Hit.
  • A pair of 8s: Split unless the dealer is showing an Ace, in which case Surrender.
  • A pair of 9s: Split unless the dealer is showing a 7, 10 or Ace, in which case Stand.
  • A pair of 10s (or Face cards): always Stand.
  • A pair of Aces: Always Split.

To Conclude

Blackjack Super Fun 21 is a brilliant version of the game that offers a number of player benefits. While the strategy may seem long and complicated, remember that there is no reason why you can’t refer to it while playing, and you will slowly but surely become familiar with it. Hopefully, having read this guide, you are now ready to start having loads of fun with this exciting game.

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