Ante Up 21 Blackjack
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Ante Up 21 is a blackjack game with elements of poker. It’s registered and trademarked by FYI Gaming, Inc., and is available at the Fremont Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Read on to learn the rules so that you can play it the next time you’re in town

How to Play Ante Up 21 Blackjack

The rules are simple.

The game will start off with each player placing their bets. You will need to place two bets; the first one is the standard blackjack bet. The second bet is the ‘ante’ bet, which covers the poker aspect of the game. The ante bet needs to meet the table minimum, but cannot be larger than the blackjack bet.

Once the bets have been played, each player will be dealt two cards face down. The dealer is also dealt two cards, one face down and the other face up.

The action will start off with the poker aspect of the game. Each player will need to check their hand and determine if they have a strong enough poker hand (relative to the dealer’s up card). If you feel that your poker hand is strong, you’ll need to make an additional bet that’s equivalent to your ante bet. You don’t have to make the additional bet, though. You can choose to pass, therefore forfeiting your ante bet.

Once each player has made their bet or passed, the blackjack portion of the game will begin

Ante Up 21 Blackjack Rules

These are the rules that the dealer and players must follow. Keep in mind that they can be different from one casino to the next.

  • The dealer will check for a blackjack with an ace or ten showing.
  • The dealer must hit a soft 17.
  • Insurance is available (for blackjack hands only).
  • No surrendering.
  • Busted hands still play as poker hands (when applicable).

Ante Up 21 Poker Rules

The next step is to play the poker round, assuming there is at least one player that has made that bet.

  • The dealer needs to have a Q high or better to qualify. Otherwise the player wins even money on their ante bet, and will push on their additional bet.
  • Only the first two cards are used. So only high cards and pairs ‘play.’ Additional cards, from splits and double downs, aren’t included in the hand.
  • A natural (player) blackjack results in a win/loss/tie on the ante, but a push on the additional bet.
  • Tied hands result in a push.

Side Bonus

There is an additional side bet that players can participate in. It’s called the Poker Bonus Edition. FYI Gaming states that this bet is only $1. Only the player’s first two cards are used for the bonus, however, the dealer’s up card can be used to make 3 of a kinds (but not pairs).

The payouts for the bonus varies. According to their website there are 4 versions. Here are the winning hands, from best to worst, along with the range of payouts:

  • Three Ace of Spades – $5,000 to $10,000
  • Three Aces (Same Suit) – $1,000 to $5,000
  • Three of a Kind (Suited) – $250 to $750
  • Three Aces (Not Suited) – $100 to $200
  • Three of a Kind (Not Suited) – $40 to $50
  • Pair of Aces (Suited) – $25 to $30
  • Pair of Aces (Not Suited) – $10 to $15
  • Suited Pair – $5 to $15
  • Unsuited Pair – $3 to $5

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