Pirate 21 Blackjack is an online blackjack variant from the games supplier Betsoft. It can be played at Australian online casinos like Casino Mate. It is played with six decks, but the tens are removed from these decks. Such decks are referred to as Pirate decks, because they give cutthroat advantage to the house. But you need not worry, because Betsoft gives the player more than sufficient ammunition to quell the pirate attack.
The important common blackjack rules that apply in Pirate 21 Blackjack are as follows. The dealer will check for blackjack when he is dealt face up card with a value of 10 or an ace. The dealer hits on a hand value of soft 17. No Insurance bet is offered but this is a sucker bet any way. The following rules are advantageous to the player and level the playing field. Player 21 always wins. Player blackjack beats dealer blackjack. The player may double on any number of cards. Aces can be re-split. Players may hit and double down after splitting aces.
A unique feature in Pirate 21 Blackjack is a payout for special combinations of hands that total 21. There is no additional bet required for these payouts. A 5-card 21 pays 3:2, a 6-card 21 pays 2:1 and a 7 or more card 21 pays 3:1. A 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 combination in a mixed suit pays 3:2, in the same suit pays 2:1 and in spades pays 3:1. A suited 7-7-7 when the dealer has a seven face up pays AU$1000 for bets of AU$5 to AU$24 and AU$5000 for bets of AU$25 or over. This rule does not apply after splitting. The special 6-7-8 and 7-7-7 hands do not payout if the player has doubled.
Betsoft Pirate 21 Blackjack also offers an optional Match the Dealer side bet. If either of your first two cards matches the dealer's face up card, then this bet wins. A non-suited match pays 4:1 and a suited match pays 9:1. In the event that both of your first two cards match the dealer's face up card, only the highest payout will be awarded. Betsoft Pirate 21 Blackjack is a multi-hand online casino game. You can play up to three hands against the same dealer hand. The minimum table bet is AU$1 and the maximum table bet is AU$200. This makes the online blackjack variant suitable for both low rollers and high rollers.