How to Play Match Play 21
Match Play 21 is another fun variation of Blackjack. The love of the game for many comes from it’s simplicity. Though there are betting strategies players feel the game is based on pure luck and the draw of the cards. One of the great things about 21 games is that it does have the ability to have pretty big payouts and the game is very fast paced. Many like to test their hand at the game in an online casino before they try out the gaming in an online casino.
Like Blackjack, the goal in Match Play 21 is to obtain 21 points before the dealer, without going over 21 points. Some things that are very important to understand within the game are card values.
Cards 2 – 9 are ranked at face value, for example a 2 card will be worth 2 points, a 3 worth 3 points & so on.
Face Cards Queen, Kings & Jacks are ranked at 10 points.
Aces are worth 11 or 1 point.
Here are some terms a player may hear during any of the many 21 games available:
Hole Card: Any face down card. The definition most often refers to the dealer’s single face down card.
Shoe: A device that can hold up to eight decks of cards which allows the dealer to slide out the cards one at a time.
Hard Hand: A hand in which any Ace is counted as a 1 and not as an 11.
Soft Hand: A hand in which any Ace is counted as an 11 and not as a 1.
Pat Hand: A hand with a total of 17 to 21.
Stand: To decline another card.
Hit: To request another card.
Bust: When a hand’s value exceeds 21.
Push: A player-dealer tie.
Pair: When a player’s first two cards are numerically identical (ie, 7,7).
Split: When the player has two cards that are exactly the same, the player will take the two cards, split them, make an additional bet and get two more cards, essentially the player is playing two hands at once.
Double Down: When the player would like to make a second wager on his hand, card rank has no barring on this.
For those familiar with Blackjack you might wonder why I didn’t go over the 10 cards, in the game of Match Play 21 this is the big difference between Blackjack & Match Play 21, there are no 10 cards in the game, making it that much harder to obtain a Blackjack. In the game of Match Play 21, there are some other rules the player must familiarize themselves with. The dealer must stand on a “hard” seventeen, this means if the dealer has a seven and a face card like a jack, queen or king, they must stand. If the dealer has a “soft” eighteen, this means the dealer cannot take any more cards.
The game of Match Play 21 is played each player against the dealer, when the game is played in land based casinos, other players are seated at the table but they have no affect on your hands. The game begins with the players making their bets, after that the dealer deals out two cards to himself and two cards to each player, from there the player will look at his cards & decide what he wants to do next. The player can choose between splitting, doubling down, surrendering or just continuing the game as usual. Whoever has the closest to 21 is the winner.
This game may sound exactly the same as Blackjack however, keep in mind there are no 10 cards!