I'm thinking of playing Spanish 21 as a diversion. Blackjack is like working a foot-press machine. It gets repetitive and boring.
I have some friends who play Spanish 21 and keep wanting me to play, telling me they win more at that game than at Blackjack. I know this is not true because the math says it aint so. But there are all those additional options and outcomes...
I'm willing to try and acquire BS skills for the game, although there are too many variations from regular BJ, plus the adjustments for multiple cards that qualify for bonuses to make me think it will be worth the effort.
Clearly there is no chance to be successful if I just flat bet the minimum, and varying my bet ought to be based on more than just what I "feel". Not that feelings aren't what drives so many players...
Is the game countable? Eight decks. With fewer tens, a positive count is easier to come by, but less reliable as an indicator of the status of the cards left in the shoe. I don't plan on making a career of it, beyond demonstrating to myself and my friends that it's a bad idea, and we should all go back to the blackjack table.
What's the consensus?
don't seem like you want to know what you're doing
SP21 is very countable and beatable , if the game has the right rules and pay tables. Many games either don't allow everything or short pay.
I can't recommend Kat Walkers book enough.
I'm told it's much better elsewhere.