Free Bet Blackjack is a variant of Blackjack with a unique twist in which you don’t have to risk your own money when splitting or doubling. It’s like playing with somebody backing your bets. But there is a special rule which says that if the dealer gets a 22 all of the bets which are still left will push.
The game will be played with a shoe containing six standard decks. The dealer has to hit on soft 17’s and a straight blackjack will pay 3 to 2. You are allowed to double after splitting but you can only double on two cards. Re-splitting is allowed for pairs up to four hands, even for aces. And last but not least there is no surrendering in this variant. Here are some of the major rule changes:
- You can double for free when the hard total of your two cards is 9, 10 or 11. You can still double for the regular price on any other two-card hands. If he does use the “free double” option, the player’s original wager will be matched by a “free bet” button and the player will get one extra card. When the hand is over one of three things will happen:
- If the dealer wins the hand the player will only lose his original wager.
- If the hand will result in a push the player will get his original wager back only.
- When the player wins, he will get his original wager back plus winning which are equal to double that wager.
- There are also “Free Splits” on all pairs except 10’s. When doing this the player’s two cards will be divided into two one-card hands. His original wager will be placed with the first hand and a “free bet” button will be placed with the second hand. Then the player gets the option to play out each of those hands, one at a time, and he is also entitled to a “free double” or “free split” on each of those hands as well. In case of a winning hand, those “free bet” buttons will be replaced with real chips which equal the original wager. If the hand results in a player loss or a push, the dealer will take the “free bet” button back.
- The dealer will push on 22. When the player has 21 or less and the dealer happens to bust with 22 the player’s wager will be a push.
- Free doubles with three or more cards
- Dealer has to stand on soft 17
- A late surrender is allowed
- Instead of six decks the house can use eight
- You cannot re-split aces
- Re-splitting a pair of fours is not free
- You can’t re-split cards 2 through 9
- You can’t double or free-double after you’ve already split