Pirate 21 Blackjack At Casino Mate Online
Added: September 21, 2017
If you scroll down the list of online blackjack variants at Casino Mate you will find a title Pirate 21 from Betsoft. Superimposed on the normal game is a range of unusual rules and a unique side bet. So hoist the Jolly Roger, unsheathe your sabres and prepare to get on board.
Pirate 21 is played with six special decks. The tens have been removed so each deck had 48 cards. The basic game is played in the usual manner. Aces count as either 1 or 11, picture cards as 10, and remaining cards according to their pip values. You have to try and be closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. If you win then the payout is even money. If you have blackjack, you win 3 to 2, if the dealer does not also have blackjack. If you go over 21 or stand at a value lower than the dealer’s you lose the bet. If you have the same total as the dealer the bet pushes and you get your stake back. You have the usual moves of hit, stand, split and double to meet your objective. There is no insurance bet on offer, but that is a sucker bet anyway.
Because the Pirate 21 decks do not contain tens, the odds work slightly against the player. Therefore the blackjack variant has additional rules that favour the player. A player 21 always wins and player blackjack beats dealer blackjack. There are advantages in the double and split rules as well. You may double after any number of cards. You may resplit aces.
Even better are the special payouts for special hands valued at 21. A 5-card 21 pays 3 to 2, a 6-card 21 pays 2 to 1 and a 7+ card 21 pays 3 to1. A 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 hand in a mixed suit pays 3 to 2, in the same suit pays 2 to 1 and in spades pays 3 to1. There is more. A suited 7-7-7 when the dealer has a seven face up pays AU$1000 for bets of AU$5 to AU$24 and pays AU$5000 for bets of AU$25 or over.
Betsoft has introduced a Match the Dealer side bet that has to be placed upfront separately. If either of your first two cards matches the dealer's up card the bet wins. A non-suited match pays 4 to 1 and a suited match pays 9 to 1. Betsoft Pirate 21 is a multi-hand blackjack game. You can play up to three hands at the same time against the dealer’s hand.