Playtech 21 Duel BlackjackBy: Joan Peppin, Monday August 27th 2012
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21 Duel Blackjack is blackjack variant offered by the software provider Playtech at its online casinos like Casino Tropez and Omni Casino. It is played with six standard decks. The object of the game and the card values are similar to the usual blackjack. However, there is one difference in Playtech 21 Duel Blackjack. All hands with a total of 21 are equal. A natural blackjack is on par with a three-card 21.
The game begins with the player placing the ante wager. The player may also place the optional 2 Up side bet. The minimum table bet is 1 credit and the maximum table bet is 300 credits. The limit on the 2 Up side bet is equal to one fifth of the table bet maximum. On clicking the deal button, the player will be dealt two cards, one face up and one face down. The dealer will be dealt two cards face down. Two more cards will be dealt face up in the middle of the table. These are the community cards that can be used in both the player’s hand and the dealer’s hand.
After the cards are dealt the player has the following options. The player can fold. This will end the game and the player will lose his ante wager. The player can select one of the two community cards to use with his face up card. This will automatically place an additional wager equal to the ante wager beside the community card chosen. Now the player has the following options. He can hit, in which case his face down card will be exposed and added to his hand. If he busts then he loses the round instantly. If he does not bust then this three-card hand is his final hand. Alternatively, the player can stand, in which case the face down card is discarded and the two-card hand is the final hand. The stand option is chosen automatically if the two cards make up a total of 21 points.
The dealer reveals one card and chooses a communal card according to a strict set of rules. The dealer must choose the first hand available from the list of possible hands listed in a Hand Composition table, starting from the top. The dealer must always hit on 16 or lower, and stand on 17. If the dealer hits, his second face down card is revealed. Its point value is added to the hand total and this is the dealer’s final hand.
If the dealer’s point total is higher than 12 and higher than the player’s, then the player will lose both the ante and the additional wager. If the dealer’s point total is higher than 12 and the player’s point total is higher than the dealer’s, then the player will win even money on both bets. If the dealer’s point total is higher than 12 and the point totals are equal the hands push. If the dealer’s point total is lower than 13 he does not qualify and the player wins even money on the ante wager and pushes on the additional wager, irrespective of his hand.
The 2 Up wager is a side bet on the first three cards to be shown on the table, which are the player’s face up card and the two community cards. If these cards contain a pair the player wins 3 to 1 and if the three cards make up three of a kind the player wins 20 to 1 on the wager. These are paid even if the player folds or he loses.
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