Building a Foundation for Starting With Caribbean 21
February 6, 2015
Players who are into games that have a lot of extra strategy in the blackjack sector are typically going to love games that follow a certain pattern. The pattern is that the casino will give you an option or two that gives you a substantial advantage, and then they will temper that with a rule change that brings the advantage back down to a nominal level. While these titles typically have high available payout rates with correct play, achieving this correct level of play is difficult because of the complex strategies that are created with this rule dynamic.
In Caribbean 21, you get three important options. First, you can split on any two cards, even if they don't match in rank. Second, you can surrender at any time. Third, you can double with any number of cards. In exchange for this, the aces always count as one (never 11), and the player loses on all ties. What this does is create a situation where you're going to be splitting two-card hands a very high percentage of the time in an effort to make them into favorable situations with the new hands. In fact, if you're facing a two through eight, you're going to split the majority of the time that you aren't doubling.
Something else this does is create two separate strategies that you have to learn. The first is how to play two-card hands which is tricky in itself because of all of the splitting opportunities and the fact that you won't necessarily play totals the same depending on the cards that make them up. The second is how you play hands with three or more cards. You'll find a lot of doubling, especially if you're facing a five or six, with totals worth all the way down to 3 for when you have three aces.
The key to building a foundation for Caribbean 21 is to use these rules to build up your initial set of assumptions and general principles that you'll use to play. Then over time, you'll want to use this foundation as the basis of your evolution as a player by getting more and more in-depth and playing hands based more on their individual merits than by the general principles that you start with. This makes Caribbean 21 a very involved game that strategic-minded players love to spend a lot of time with.