Anyone who has played their fair share of blackjack will be excited about the prospect of a free bet or two. But in this case, “free bet” is a bit of a misnomer…
… it would be more accurate to say that some specific bets – bets that would usually cost a player a second wager – are free to place here. Or to be even more precise, you could say that there are some interesting deviations from the usual blackjack rules players that should know about in advance.
For starters, splitting is free here, and doubling is also free for hands totaling 9, 10, or 11 – unlike in games with standard rules, making these moves doesn’t require any additional wagers. What’s more, you can re-split up to four hands, and doubling aces is permitted. Doubling after a split is also allowed.
Those are the player-friendly changes… but there are is also one biggie that favors the house! When a dealer ends up with 22, it counts as a push, returning bets to all players, rather than a bust that results in a win for players. And remember that, though players won’t have the opportunity to split and/or double down on every hand,
Aside from that, the rules stay the same as usual. Blackjack pays 3:2. There are also two side bets available: Perfect Pairs and 21+3.
Do these rule changes sound fun? Perhaps…
… but the math doesn’t lie, and these results aren’t all that encouraging. RTP is surprisingly lower than most blackjack titles, coming in at 98.96% overall, compared to usual 99.5% RTP enjoyed by gamblers who stick to basic betting strategy.
That’s a significant dropoff! The side bets are even worse: Perfect Pairs offers 95.9%, while 21+3 delivers 96.72%. These are mediocre numbers for a slot game, but absolutely atrocious ones by blackjack standards.