Over the years, the game of blackjack has changed and evolved to keep it fresh and attractive to new players and existing casino customers alike. These changes included a number of brand new blackjack variations, which added an interesting twist to the classic game. Pirate 21 Blackjack is one such variation.
Like with all blackjack games, the goal still remains unchanged for you as a player.
Your job is to get as close as possible to the total count of 21 without busting. If that count is bigger than the dealer's total, you win; if it is smaller – you lose.
Special Pirate 21 Blackjack Rules
If all of the main goals remain unchanged, what is it that make Pirate 21 Blackjack different? Like with most blackjack variations, it is small tweaks to the rules that add extra excitement and create new challenges.
The game uses a so-called “pirate” deck, which doesn’t contain any numbered 10 cards. This makes the possibility of the natural blackjack less likely than in most other variations. The payout for the blackjack is still 3 to 2.
Another twist added to Pirate Blackjack is the special side bet, where you can place a bet on whether your two cards will match the dealer’s cards. If they match in value, but not in suits, you’ll be paid 4 to 1. If they match in value and suit, you’ll be paid 9 to 1.
Other than this, Pirate 21 Blackjack allows players to double on any combination of cards, doubling after splitting is allowed, and aces can be re-split. The dealer will hit soft 17.