The rules of Pick One 21

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This game is best described as a Blackjack variant. The main objective of the game is for the player to bet on which of two dummy hands will come closest to 21 without going over. The game debuted back in 2001 after which it disappeared but it was resurrected in 2013 by a few casinos.


  1. The game uses six standard Spanish decks. A Spanish deck is a deck which consists of 48 cards, excluding the four tens that are usually found in a normal deck of cards.
  2. All of the cards have the same value as in Blackjack, except that the ace is always one point.
  3. All of the players will have to make a starting wager at first.
  4. Then the dealer will deal two cards to a red hand a blue hand. Each of these hands will have one card face up and one face down.
  5. Based on the two face-up cards the player will have to choose on which hand he wants to bet. The player has the option of betting on the red hand, the blue hand or a tie between the two. Additionally, he can double his wager if he is betting on either the red or the blue hand. To indicate his decision the player will have to press a button. In the event that the player wants to double, he will place this additional wager to his original wager at this time.
  6. When all the players have made their decisions, the dealer will turn over the cards that were left face down. If the point total of the red hand is under 17, the dealer will hit that hand until the point total is 17 or more. Then the dealer will have to hit the blue hand in a similar way.
  7. The hand that comes closest to 21 without busting will win. Just like in regular Blackjack, if one hand goes bust and the other one doesn’t, the non-busted hand will win. If both of the hands will go bust, bets placed on red and blue will both lose. If there is a tie, bets placed on red or blue will push.
  8. A player will win the tie bet if both of the hands have the same point value or if they both go bust.
  9. A winning bet placed on red or blue will pay even money and a winning bet on the tie will pay 3 to 1.
  10. Certain combinations of starting red and blue cards will strongly favor one side or the other. These are also called “premium match ups”. If the player bets on a premium matchup and the hand end up being a tie, the bet will lose. Premium matchups will occur when one card is a 10 and the other is a 2 through 9. A bet on the 10 in one of these situations is a premium matchup and has to beat the other hand in order to win; otherwise, it will lose.

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