Face Up 21 Blackjack Strategy, Rules and Playable free game

Introduction

Face Up 21 gets its name from the fundamental difference in the deal when it comes to the dealer’s cards. Usually the dealer’s second card, the ‘hole’ card, is dealt face-down. In Face Up 21, both the dealer’s original hand cards are dealt face up. The game is also known as Double Exposure Blackjack.

How to play Face Up 21

Face Up 21 is simple to play.

  • Place your bets for the deal to start.
  • Both the dealer’s cards are dealt face-up.
  • Based on your hand you can do one of the following:
    • Hit: A good option if you have a low or moderate-value hand. You are dealt another card to shore up your hand.
    • Stand: You have a strong hand and opt not to take an additional card.
    • Double down: You double your initial bet and are dealt an additional card; after that you stand.
    • Split: You have 2 cards of identical value and split the hand into 2 separate hands. Each hand plays individually and you wager extra.
    • Surrender: You have a bad original hand and decide to quit; this option gives you half your bet back.
  • The dealer plays his hand and the hand closest to or equaling 21 wins. The payout ratio is different for different wins.

Playable Face up 21 Blackjack game:

How Face Up 21 is Different to other blackjack games

The fundamental difference in the way the deal is structured in Face Up 21 influences the game in quite a few ways.

  • The dealer does not need to check for blackjack if his first card is an Ace or a 10-value card.
  • This gives the leverage of playing more freely – the player can split or double down without having to worry about any nasty surprises from the dealer’s second card.
  • The dealer standing on his first hand causes the computer to hit for you to try and put together a better hand.
  • The blackjack hand payout is even money.
  • The surrender option, while being available, may work to your disadvantage if used unwisely.

Face Up 21 Rules

The rules of Face Up 21 are mostly the same as those for a standard game of blackjack. There are, however, a few notable differences.

  • The game is played using up to 8 decks; the choice is left to the software provider.
  • Both the dealer cards are dealt face-up.
  • The player wins on a natural blackjack, not the dealer. There may be, however, variances to this rule.
  • The dealer wins in case of a tie on all other hands.
  • The payout for player blackjack is 1:1, i.e. even money.
  • Splitting is allowed on any two cards of the same value, including non-alike 10-value cards.
  • The player can split only once; there is variance in this rule though, with some casinos allowing for more than one split. In this latter scenario, you can play up to a maximum of 3 hands.
  • Players can double down on any original hand. There could be variations to this rule as well.
  • Players can double down on split hands.
  • Doubling down is also allowed on any 9, 10, or 11.
  • The dealer hits up to a maximum hand value of 16.
  • The dealer stands on a hard 17 or higher hand value.
  • The dealer hits on a soft 17 or lower hand value. There may be variances to this rule.
  • The dealer is also required to stand on a soft value of 18 or higher at some casinos.
  • The entire deck is shuffled at the beginning on each game.

The following are the basic rules relating to payouts on wins.

  • Even money pays out at 1:1.
  • Blackjack pays out at 1:1.
  • Insurance bet pays out at 2:1.

The returns a player can expect is also dependent on the rules applicable at the casino he is playing at.

  • If the dealer stands on a soft 17: +0.39%.
  • If the casino allows doubling down after splitting: +0.32%.
  • If the casino allows winning on a tied blackjack hand: +0.22%.
  • If the casino allows players to split only once: -0.71%.
  • If the player is allowed to double down only on any 9, 10, or 11: -1.04%.
  • If the player is allowed to double down only on any 10 or 11: -1.44%.

Face Up 21 Strategy

When you play Face Up 21 with 8 card decks the house edge stands at 0.85%. Choose a casino that uses fewer decks of cards as the house edge increases proportionately with the number of decks. The following are some strategy charts for hard totals and soft totals when the dealer stands on a soft 17.

Strategy Charts for Player’s Hard Totals

—————————–Hard Totals——————————–

Hard 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
5 H H H H H H H H H H DH DH DH H H H H
6 H H H H H H H H H H DH DH DH H H H H
7 H H H H H H H H H H DH DH DH H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
9 H DH DH H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
10 DH DH DH DH DH H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
11 DH DH DH DH DH DH H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
12 S S S H H H H H S S S S S H H H H
13 S S S H H H H H S S S S S H H H H
14 S S S H H H H S S S S S S H H H H
15 S S S H H H S S S S S S S H H H H
16 S S S H H H S S S S S S S H H H H
17 S S S H S S S S S S S S S H H H H
18 S S S S S S S S S S S S S H H H H
19 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S H H
20 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S H
21 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

————Soft Totals————                 

Hard Totals 12 13 14 15 16
5 H H H H H
6 H H H H H
7 H H H H H
8 H H H H H
9 H H H H H
10 H H DH DH DH
11 H DH DH DH DH
12 H H H H S
13 H H S S S
14 H S S S S
15 S S S S S
16 S S S S S
17 S S S S S
18 S S S S S
19 S S S S S
20 S S S S S
21 S S S S S

For the above charts, the terms represent the following:

  • H: Hit
  • S: Stand
  • DH: Double if permitted, else Hit

Strategy Charts for Player’s Soft Totals

———————————-Hard Totals——————————–

Soft Totals 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
13 H H H H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
14 H H H H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
15 H H DH H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
16 H DH DH H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
17 H DH DH H H H H H DH DH DH DH DH H H H H
18 DS DS DS S H H H H DS DH DH DH DH S H H H
19 S S S S S S S S DS DS DS DS DS S S H H
20 S S S S S S S S S DS DS DS DS S S S H
21 S S S S S S S S S S S S/DS S/DS S S S S

————–Soft Totals—————–

Soft Totals 12 13 14 15 16
13 H H H H H
14 H H H H H
15 H H H H H
16 H H H H H
17 H H H H H
18 H H H H S
19 S S S S S
20 S S S S S
21 S S S S S

For the above charts, the terms represent the following:

  • H: Hit
  • S: Stand
  • DH: Double if possible, else Hit
  • DS: Double if possible, else Stand
  • S/DS: Stand on the first 2 cards, double if allowed after splitting, else stand

Strategy Charts for Splits on Player Hands

———————————–Hard Totals————————————-

Splits 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
2, 2 P/H P/H P H H H H H P P P P P P H H H
3, 3 P/H P/H P H H H H H P P P P P P H H H
4, 4 H H H H H H H H P P P P P H H H H
5, 5 DH DH DH DH DH H H H DH DH DH DH P/D H H H H
6, 6 P P P H H H H H P P P P P P H H H
7, 7 P/S P P H H H H S P P P P P P H H H
8, 8 P P P P P S S S P P P P P P H H H
9, 9 P P P S P S S S P P P P P S P H H
10, 10 S S S S S S S S S P P P P S S S H
A, A P P P P P P P H P P P P P H H H H

 

Splits 12 13 14 15 16
2, 2 H H H H H
3, 3 H H H H H
4, 4 H H H H H
5, 5 H H DH DH DH
6, 6 H H H H S
7, 7 H S S S S
8, 8 S S P/S P P
9, 9 S S S S P/S
10, 10 S S S S S
A, A P P P P P

In the charts above, the terms represent the following:

  • H: Hit
  • S: Stand
  • D/H: Double down if possible, else Hit
  • P: Split
  • P/H: Split if doubling after split allowed, else Hit
  • P/S: Split if doubling after split allowed, else Stand
  • P/D: Split if doubling after split allowed, else Double down