How to Play Blackjack Variation Super Fun 21: Rules, Strategy & Odds

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Super Fun 21 is another great variation of blackjack that can be, as the name implies, super fun! However, due to the extended payouts that are received for achieving specific hands, other traditional payouts are decreased, including the payout of 1 to 1 on a natural blackjack (unless it is produced in all diamonds, paying 2 to 1). Because of the rearrangement of traditional payouts, the house edge is relatively higher in Super Fun 21 at 0.94%.

The game is played, for the most part, exactly the same as classic blackjack. Variations in the rules include the following:

  1. There is only one standard deck of 52 cards used. Note that card counting is not a viable strategy when playing Super Fun 21 at an online casino due to the instant reshuffling of the deck after each hand.
  2. Late Surrender is always an option provided the player has not busted. To surrender a hand is to fold, forfeiting half of the total bet, but retaining the other half.
  3. A player is permitted to double down on any two cards, before or after splitting. The double down rescue rule applies, allowing players to surrender their hand after doubling if they are not satisfied with the result, provided they did not bust in the process.
  4. There are special rules to splitting cards that state a player can split any two cards so long as their value is parallel. This means that a hand of 10+Q or K+J can be split just the same as a pair of 8’s. Be warned though that splitting a hand that totals 20 to begin with is not generally recommended. In order to initiate a split, a second, equal bet must be placed on the new hand. Splitting is allowed on any matching cards, including Aces, with up to a total of four splits per new game.
  5. The 6 Card Charlie rule is applied. A player who receives 6 cards without busting automatically wins.
  6. The dealer will accord to the following rules: The dealer must hit a Soft 17 (any hand of 17 with an Ace valued at 11). The dealer will offer insurance and check for blackjack if he has a 10, Face Card or Ace showing. If the dealer has blackjack, he will reveal the hand and all bets are lost except for insurance bets or a player’s natural blackjack.
  7. A player’s natural blackjack beats the dealer’s natural blackjack
  8. The price of insurance is equal to half of the player’s original bet. If a player purchases insurance and the dealer has Blackjack, the insurance bet wins, but the original bet is lost. If the dealer does not have blackjack, the insurance bet is lost and the hand continues.

Super Fun 21 Pay Table

  • Natural Blackjack in Suited Diamonds Pays 2 to 1
  • Natural Blackjack (not Diamonds) Pays 1 to 1
  • 6 Card Charlie Exact (any 6+ cards totaling exactly 21) Pays 2 to 1
  • 6 Card Charlie (any 6+ cards totaling 20 or less) Pays 1 to 1
  • Insurance Pays 2 to 1
  • Beating the Dealer in any other way Pays 1 to 1
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