As with most new versions of blackjack, 21 duel blackjack was created to meet the demands of online gamblers who were looking to add exciting new twists and elements to their favorite game. Based along the same rules of classic blackjack, this version nevertheless has exciting additions, like the fact that it is played with community cards.
Much like traditional blackjack, 21 duel blackjack is played against the dealer and the object is to get as near to 21 as possible without going bust. Players begin their game by placing an ante (or initial bet) plus the additional – and optional – side bet. Two cards are then dealt to the player – one face up and one face down, while the dealer has two cards dealt faced down. Thereafter, two community cards are placed face up in the middle of the table. The point of these cards is that they can be used by both the dealer and the player to create winning hands.
21 duel blackjack offers players the option to fold (surrender) and lose their entire initial bet. If they opt to continue in the game, they will need to place another wager before proceeding. They then select one of the two face up community cards to form their hand. If the players are satisfied that the total of their face up card and one community card is closest to 21 (or if they form a blackjack), they choose to stand. If players wish to improve on their hands, they choose to hit and thereafter turn over their face down card. Of course, there always exists the chance that by hitting, the player will go bust by exceeding 21. This is all part of the excitement of 21 duel blackjack!
If players don’t go bust, the dealer proceeds to expose one of his or her cards and selects a community card. Dealer’s traditionally hit on 16 or lower and stand on 17 or higher.
The 2 Side Up Bet in 21 duel blackjack means that players wager on the outcome of the first three cards placed on the table (ie. the player’s face up card and two community cards). Any pairs win 3 to 1 and three of a kind win twenty to one!