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I understand that on Carnival (and other) ships they play a "different version" of Blackjack, apparently called "Fun 21" and/or "Spanish 21"... does anybody know the rules to this game and/or to the 3-card poker that I've heard about?


My DH has a great time in Vegas, so I know he'll want to spend time (and our $$$) in the casino... I figure if we can get the playing rules we'll have something fun to learn while we wait for the weeks to pass until we board the Elation!



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They have regular 21 as well. Fun 21 is dealer wins ties, 2/1 for black jack, cards are all up so you can hit a 19 if dealer has 20, stupid game all in house's favor. Stick to the regular 21 or craps, best odds for players

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coevan, I think you may be confusing FUN21 with FACE-UP blackjack...




I play FUN21 on EVERY cruise... I won last time ($2300).


They have "regular 21", "FUN21", and "Face-up"...


in FUN21:

:There are NO Queens in the deck!

:Players 21 (natural or drawn to) wins INSTANTLY - you do not wait to see what the dealer gets...if the dealer and you BOTH have blackjack after the deal, that is a tie...

:BJ pays 3:2

:5 (or more) card 21 pays (instantly) 3:2. There is no SUPER BONUS

:You can double down at any time

:You can split up to 4 hands

:You can double after split, surrender at any time

:When splitting aces, you can take more cards, if desired

:8 deck shoe, with about 2/3 penetration

: Dealer hits soft 17

:$5 minimum - $100 Max



Definitely go to the WIZARDOFODDS website and print the strategy for SPANISH21, as you will play some hands differently - and make the eyes roll of other clueless players at the table who are trying to use basic strategy there! Without the Queens, you will hit some hands (12-15) which you would otherwise STAND!!! Follow the strategy BLINDLY, and try to ignore your "gut"!



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No, think how much I would have LOST... I ventured over to the STRAIGHT tables 3 times... and lost over, and over, and over (bust, bust, bust or stand and lose...) ... and yes, I was playing the correct strategy there!


I have, for some reason, always had more luck with the FUN21... plus I like the fact that when the timing is right I can maximize my winnings with the liberal splitting and doubling rules...and surrender when I need to bail out! It really is "more FUN"!



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Yes, I understand that statistically the regular is slightly more favorable... and in the long run, ALL games will take ALL our $... :D


I don't know why but my $ ALWAYS lasts longer at FUN21... with the regular 21 I will usually order a drink when I sit down, and have found myself STANDING up waiting for the drink to come...:rolleyes: go figure...


You don't have to fool me 10 times... I usually "get it" by the 8th or 9th...lol... in other words if I have lost SEVERAL in a row, I am walking - even though I know that each deal is a new independent chance...



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