Super Fun 21

Super Fun 21 is different than your standard blackjack game. There are bonus payouts for making different hands, and players are not paid your traditional 3:2 or even 6:5 for a blackjack. Players receive a much worse payout than that.

That said, players will have additional options for how to play their hand that will balance the edge they lose to the house due to the blackjack payouts. I’ve covered this, and the rest of the rules, for you below.

How to Play Super Fun 21

The idea behind Super Fun 21 is to beat the dealer’s hand. You accomplish that by having a hand totaled at a larger number of points. For example, if the dealer has a 17, you want to have a hand valued at 18. The value of each card/hand will be indicated by the number on it. A 2 is worth 2 points, 6 worth 6 points, 10 worth 10 points, and so on. Aces are worth 1 or 11 points, and paint cards are worth 10 points. The dealer can also bust (exceed 21 points), in which case it doesn’t matter what the value of your hand is, so long as you don’t bust first.

The game will start with you making a wager. Then you’ll receive your (two) cards, one at a time. The dealer will also receive two cards, one face down and the other facing up. From this point the players closest to the left of the dealer will start the action. He, and everyone to follow, will have the following options and have to follow these rules when choosing what to do.

  • 1-6 decks are used.
  • The dealer will check for a blackjack with an ace or ten showing.
  • The player may double after splitting. That includes aces.
  • The player can split up to 3 times, making 4 playable hands.
  • The player can split like-valued cards. For example, you can split 8-8 and K-K, but you can also split J-T, K-Q and Q-T.
  • The player may double after hitting.
  • The player can surrender at any point, including after doubling down.
  • The dealer hits on soft 17.
  • A player will automatically win with a 6 card hand totaling 20 points or less (except after a double down).
  • A player’s 5-card (or more) hand totaling 21 pays 2:1 (except after a double down).
  • A player blackjack is an instant winner. Even if the dealer has a blackjack.
  • Blackjacks will pay even money.
  • Blackjacks made up of diamonds pay 2:1.
  • Players may surrender half of their total bet after doubling down, which is referred to as Double Down Rescue, commonly seen in Spanish 21.

Depending on where you play Super Fun 21, and the number of decks in play, the house edge will vary from 1.16 percent to 1.40 percent.