Blackjack guide – Matchplay 21 Blackjack

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Recognized as a variation of blackjack, MatchPlay 21 can grant the players a lot of payouts for various combinations of cards. The majority of rules of MatchPlay 21 are just the same as those in the “traditional” blackjack, but for some changes creating a huge difference between these two blackjack variations. MatchPlay 21 focuses on the 7. MatchPlay 21 is played with two decks, and all the 10s are taken away from the deck, thereby forming a 48-card deck. Thus your chance to hit sevens really increases, and it is the major goal of the whole game. Besides, this variation seems to resemble to Triple 7’s.

In this game dealer stands on Soft 18 and Hard 17, you have the right to surrender any given time you want, you also may split, if you double take into account that you can double just once. You also have the right to split three hands (no more), but after splitting Blackjack is not paid. If you like, after a split you may hit and then split the Aces. One of the cards of the dealer stays visible and another one is not faced up. Blackjack pays 3:2.

Offering more payouts to the players than the Triple 7’s, nevertheless, this game gives much lower odds to win special payouts than Triple 7’s. A “Matchplay 21” is when a player holds Triple Sevens of the same suit and the dealer’s card also is a Seven, your payout then is 40:1. Don’t forget that having split or doubled you cannot receive this bonus then.

Here are the special payouts for different hands.

hand payout
Triple Sevens of the same suit 40:1
a 6, 7 and 8 of different suits 3:2
3 Sevens of different suits 3:2
6, 7 and 8 are of the same suit 2:1
6, 7 and 8 or three 7s of spades 3:1
five-card hand totals 21 3:2
six cards that total 21 2:1
a seven-card hand totaling 21 3:1

If you are playing real money blackjack, those bonus payouts can really add up to something lucrative.

The main highlight of the game are its special payouts, still you should keep in your mind that the odds for receiving these payouts are very low.