After a two-year absence from Las Vegas, Spanish 21 has returned. Venetian and Palazzo now spread the game. The minimum bet is just $15 during off peak hours.
There are two tables each at Venetian and Palazzo. These replaced traditional blackjack tables.
An idle dealer at one of the tables stated that players constantly asked about Spanish 21 after it was pulled from the floor. Las Vegas Sands management decided it would be a great idea to bring the game back based on this feedback.
Unlike the standard blackjack under $50 at Venetian and Palazzo that pays 6-5 on a natural, Spanish 21 tables pay 3-2. This same 3-2 policy holds true at the Free Bet Blackjack tables. Lower limit players should consider playing these two blackjack variants as opposed to the 6-5 traditional ones.
Spanish 21 was one of the first blackjack variants invented. Spanish 21 removes the 10’s from the deck. There are still jacks, queens, and kings. Eight decks are used. Players can double down after splitting, surrender, and re-split aces. The dealer hits soft 17.
There are several unusual rules at Spanish 21, according to the Wizard of Odds. Players can hit or double down after splitting aces. Players may double down on any number of cards. A player can forfeit his original bet after doubling down and fold. This is known as “double down rescue”.
A player 21 always wins. There are some bonus payouts. A five-card 21 pays 3-2. A six-card 21 pays 2-1, while 3-1 is paid on a seven or more card 21-hand.
There are special bonuses for 777 and 678. Mixed suits pay 3-2, while suited pays 2-1. An all spade 777 or 678 pays 3-1.