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How to play Caribbean 21


Caribbean 21 is another form of Blackjack. Although less popular and harder to find among online casinos, some land casinos still offer the option for Caribbean 21. The rules and strategies are similar with Caribbean 21 as in Blackjack, with minor variations. All cards are valued the same as in Blackjack, except for the Ace which always has a value of 1 and not the option of 11. After the initial wager is in, the dealer will deal the cards. Both of the player cards are generally dealt face up. Unlike traditional Blackjack, in Caribbean 21 the player has the option to double every time they desire to hit and receive an additional card. This gives options for bigger payouts and wins. Similar to traditional Blackjack, Caribbean 21 also offers the same playing options: hit, stand, double, surrender, and split. If surrender is decided, then half of the players wager is forfeited and the next round begins. Unlike traditional Blackjack however, since Aceís have no special restrictions, a split may be offered with any hand, changing your probability of a win and chance of receiving a better hand.

As with Pontoon the terminology is a little different. There is no longer the option of receiving Blackjack, as Aceís are only valued at 1. Instead when a player has two ten cards and an Ace they receive Caribbean 21. Caribbean 21 is considered higher then any other hand, including different forms of 21 as well as 2 ten cards and an Ace after splitting. Usually a winning wager is paid even money; with the exception of Caribbean 21 which can be paid higher odds such as 3-1 pay out on the initial hand.

Similar to other forms of Blackjack, Caribbean 21 offers the option to buy insurance. It does however vary from the insurance wager of other Blackjack variations. If the dealerís face-up card is an Ace then the player may take part in the insurance wager. The player may continue to add to the insurance wager at any time of the game, until it is time for the dealer to draw. If the dealer draws 2 tens after his Ace, then a high payout is usually given on the insurance wager as odds are in the dealers favor. An example I have run into is a pay-out of 9-1 on insurance wagers, but it can vary from casino to casino.

Finding an online resource to practice Caribbean 21 may prove to be difficult, but if it can be accomplished it is another fun variation of Blackjack that many card players enjoy. Similar strategies to the Basic Blackjack strategy and Advanced Blackjack strategy can be used, but keep in mind that the Ace can only have a value of 1. This will change the strategy and how you approach Caribbean 21.

Here are some different variants of Blackjack:

Blackjack Switch: A form of Blackjack you play 2 hands at the same time.

Pontoon: A form of Blackjack where all cards to the dealer are face down.

Blackjack Surrender: A form of Blackjack that allows you to give up half your wager and surrender your hand, unless you bust.

 
 
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