21 Duel Blackjack

21 Duel Blackjack is a blackjack variant that, in many ways, is actually simpler than blackjack itself. There is no splitting, no doubling down, no actual blackjack and no insurance to worry about. All bets pay out at even money, and your only goal is to beat the dealer without going over 21.

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21 Duel Blackjack Rules

A game of 21 Duel Blackjack begins with the player making an ante bet. The player and the dealer each receive two cards. The player has one card face up, and another face down, while both dealer cards are placed face down. There are also two face up community cards that both the player and the dealer may use.

At this point, the player can choose to either fold or continue. If the player folds, they forfeit their ante bet and the hand is over, though they can still win the 2 Up sidebet (see below). If the player wishes to continue, they must make a second bet (equal to the ante bet), and choose one of the two community cards to use in their hand along with their face up card.

The player now has a hand containing their face up card and their chosen community card. The player now has the option to either stand, at which point their face-down card is discarded, or to hit, in which case the face-down card is turned face up, and added to the player’s hand. If the player goes over 21 by using this card, they bust and immediately lose.

The player is now done playing the hand. The dealer now reveals one of their cards, and chooses a community card to go with it using the “house way” method that dictates how the dealer must play his hand.

If the dealer’s hand is now less than 13, the dealer does not qualify. The player wins even money on the ante bet, but pushes the other bet.

If the dealer’s hand is 13 or higher, the two hands are compared. If the dealer wins, the player loses both bets; if the player’s hand is higher, the player wins even money on both bets. If the two hands are the same, the hands push.

The house edge on 21 Duel Blackjack is 3.08%.

2 Up Side Bet

The 2 Up bet is an optional side bet that is made on the first three cards revealed – the player up card and the two community cards. If there is a pair among these three cards, the bet pays 3-1; if the three cards make three-of-a-kind, the bet pays 20-1.

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