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Pirate 21 From Betsoft

This is another version of online Blackjack from Betsoft.


Pirate 21 is an exciting version of online multi-hand Blackjack that allows you to play up to 3 simultaneous hands of Blackjack. There is also in this game a Dealer Match bonus side game gives you the chance to win additional money. Pirate 21 is like traditional blackjack in that each hand plays only against the dealer (i.e. the house), independently of other hands. The game does not use a standard deck of cards however. Six (6) Pirate decks of cards are used to play. Your goal as the player is still to draw cards (i.e. hit) until your hand adds up to 21, or comes as close as possible without exceeding 21. If your first two cards total 21, you have Blackjack. This is how Betsoft describe your objective but if you have read blackjack.com you will know that actually your objective is simply to beat the dealer without going bust.


If the total value of your cards is closer to 21 than the dealer's, you win as much as you have bet on that hand. If you have a Blackjack, you win 3 to 2 times your bet (assuming the dealer does not also have a Blackjack).
Aces count as either 1 or 11, picture cards such as King and Queen or Jack count as 10, and remaining cards according to their face values.
If the total of your hand exceeds 21, you bust and lose your bet. If you have the same card total as the dealer, from 17 and up, no one wins and you get your stake back in a so-called push. A Blackjack beats a score of 21.

As mentioned above, the deck of cards used in this game is not standard. A Pirate deck contains no 10s. This normally works against the player when playing regular blackjack rules, but Pirate 21 has a lot of additional rules that favor the player to make up for this, and a few other rules besides:

  • There is no insurance bet in Pirate 21 but we here at blackjack.com don't think you should be taking insurance in any circumstances unless you card counting.
  • A 21 always wins for the player. This seems to be an excellent innovation.
  • Player Blackjack beats dealer Blackjack. Another excellent innovation.
  • You may double on any number of cards.
  • You may resplit aces.
  • You may hit as usual and double down after splitting aces.
  • 5-card 21 pays 3:2, 6-card 21 pays 2:1, and 7 or more card 21 pays 3:1.
  • 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 in a mixed suit pays 3:2, in the same suit pays 2:1, and in spades pays 3:1.
  • Suited 7-7-7 when the dealer has a seven face up pays $1000 for bets of $5-$24 and $5000 for bets of $25 or over. This rule does not apply after splitting.
  • The special 6-7-8 and 7-7-7 hands do not count if the result of doubling.
  • Dealer hits a soft 17.

The minimum wager in Pirate 21 is 1.00, and the maximum wager is 100.00.


Another innovation in pirate 21 is that there is an additional side bet. If either of your first two cards match the dealer's up card, you win! In the event that both of your first two cards match the dealer's up card, only the highest payout will be awarded. A non-suited match pays 4 to 1 and a suited match pays 9 to 1.