21 Duel Blackjack
21 Duel Blackjack
While we all love the slick and stylish action of a conventional blackjack game, if you’re worried that the same old betting action is getting a little stale, now’s the time to check out 21 Duel Blackjack. An incredibly inventive variant from Playtech, the game looks and plays very differently from other blackjack titles in that both the player and the dealer will be able to use two communal cards to help them make the best hand. With the dealer also playing to beat your score rather than following a set playing structure, players will have to throw caution to the wind as they chase those bigger totals.
Although the objective of 21 Duel Blackjack is still to get as close to a total of 21 as possible while also beating the dealer’s score, the gameplay is very different. Each hands start with players being dealt two cards – one face up, one face down – and the dealer receiving two cards face down. Two community cards are then added to the table and players are given three options; pair their upcard with the community card on the left, pair their upcard with the community card on the right or fold and forfeit the hand. The former two options will give players a two-card total that they can now either keep or hit on by turning over their face down card. There will be no further hits after this last decision and the dealer will then play their own hand with a view to beating your total, regardless of whether hitting on their two-card total would be a reckless move in a conventional blackjack game.
Although it operates differently from other blackjack titles, the good news for players is that 21 Duel Blackjack is just as simple to play. To begin with, players merely have to select a chip denomination and then click any of the “ante” spaces on the table. Up to three hands can be played on any deal, with stakes per hand ranging from £0.10-£500.00. Fold, left card and right card buttons will appear after the community deal has taken place, with players merely needing to click a button to proceed. Unlike in conventional games, blackjack pays 1-to-1, but players can place an additional “2 Up” bet on each hand on whether their upcard and the two community cards will make a pair or better.
Given the availability of two community cards and the fact that the dealer doesn’t simply stand on 17, players will obviously have to be a bit more aggressive in their hitting strategy in 21 Duel Blackjack than they would be in a conventional game. Having a total of 17 is generally a lot weaker than it is in regular blackjack, so in situations where your upcard and the two community cards only make a high of 17 and a low that can potentially bust, it is perhaps wiser to fold than stand on 17. Conversely, hands that make 10 or 11 should be seized upon, as hitting will then give you a much better chance of making a total that the dealer will not be able to beat over their three cards.
A hugely engaging twist on conventional blackjack, 21 Duel Blackjack offers far more tactical scope than its regular counterparts to provide players with an altogether more interesting experience. The fact that you can play up to three hands at once and also take advantage of side bets offers plenty of opportunities to turn a profit, while there are fewer marginal decisions for players to fall foul of.
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