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August 15th, 2016 at 4:31:43 PM permalink
With all the talk of BJ moving more and more to 6:5 payouts, which makes the game unplayable, I've been thinking about taking up Spanish 21. I bought K. Walker's book and have been making my way through it, although it's quite dense mathematically at times, and I am no mathematician! As she suggested, I created a BS spreadsheet and am trying to memorize it before I go play--although she actually suggests that one play the game once before reading her book (to get a feel for it?). Each time I visit my local casino, I watch the game for 10 minutes or so, and it's clear that most players have no clue about what they're doing. (I notice it's the same thing for regular BJ, too!) However, I've gotten to the point in my relatively short BJ playing experience that if I don't know what I'm doing, I don't want to play. To me that'd be simply throwing my money away.

I know the Wiz has a great BJ trainer game on his website. (I practiced on that site a lot to get my BJ basic strategy down pat.) I was wondering if you know of a similar site for Spanish 21? I know of Is it any good? Any good apps out there I could download for my phone or tablet?

p.s. I'm surprise there's not separate thread for Spanish 21 on here--or did I just miss it?
ars longa vita brevis
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August 15th, 2016 at 8:31:48 PM permalink
Sp21 can be a great game. Most casino workers treat it as a carnival game. It's not.
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August 17th, 2016 at 2:59:55 AM permalink
I started playing Spanish 21 more often myself, after realizing that my locals offer good rules (6 deck H17, redoubling allowed, all other rules standard) with a house edge near 0.4%. Don't know of any good, free trainers for the game unfortunately.

A while back I created and printed a small strategy card using the Wizard-provided charts that are relevant to the local rules. I've used it at live tables and garnered interesting reactions. Most dealers assume that it's a normal BJ strategy card and are surprised to hear otherwise. If the casino you play at allows redoubling, then it may be useful to you...if only I could post links :/

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