Free Bet Blackjack is an exciting variant of classic Blackjack that offers players unique opportunities to enjoy the game, including thrilling new bets. Boot Hill Casino is happy to offer Free Bet Blackjack for our players, and our friendly staff are available to help new players learn the ins and outs of the game. Here’s a quick overview to help you learn what you need to know to try out this fun game the next time you visit the casino.
What is Free Bet Blackjack?
Free Bet Blackjack is a popular variation of traditional blackjack that adds an extra layer of excitement and strategy. In this game, players have the opportunity to split and double down on certain hands without having to risk their own money. The “free bets” provided by the house allow players to explore different strategies and to maximize their chances of winning.
How to Play Free Bet Blackjack
1. Receive Cards and Evaluate Your Hand
Game play begins with each player and the dealer getting two cards. Both of the player’s cards will be given face up, while one of the dealer’s cards will be face up and the other face down. The goal is to create a hand that is closer to 21 than the dealer’s without going over, so you must evaluate the cards you see carefully.
2. Hit, Stand, Split, or Double Down
Once you’ve evaluated your initial hand, you have several options to choose from:
- Hit: Request an additional card from the dealer to increase your hand total. You can continue hitting until you are satisfied with your hand or until you exceed 21, resulting in a bust.
- Stand: Choose not to take any more cards and keep your current hand.
- Split: If you have a pair, you can split your hand into two separate hands. This requires placing an additional bet equal to your original wager. Each hand will receive an additional card, and you can play them separately.
- Double Down: Double your original bet and receive one additional card. This option is available on certain hand totals, typically 9, 10, or 11.
3. Dealer’s Turn
Once all players have made their decisions, it’s the dealer’s turn to reveal their face-down card. The dealer must follow specific rules when playing their hand, typically hitting on a hand total of 16 or less and standing on 17 or higher.
4. Compare Your Hand to the Dealer’s Hand
After the dealer has played their hand, it’s time to compare your hand to the dealer’s. If your hand total is higher than the dealer’s without exceeding 21, you win. If the dealer’s hand total is higher, or if you exceed 21, you lose.
5. Free Bet Bonus
One of the distinctive features of Free Bet Blackjack is the free bet bonus. If you have certain hands, such as a hard total of 9, 10, or 11, or a pair of cards, you may be eligible for a free double down bet. This means that the house will cover the cost of your double down bet, allowing you to potentially increase your winnings without risking your own money.
6. Collect Payouts
If you win your hand, you’ll be paid out according to the standard blackjack payout rules. Typically, a regular winning hand pays 1:1, while a blackjack (an Ace and a 10-value card) pays 3:2. In Free Bet Blackjack, the free bet bonus hands are usually paid out as even money, meaning you receive the amount of your original bet.
The game continues with each player placing new bets for the next hand. You can play as many hands as you like during a session.
Rules and Options
In addition to the standard blackjack gameplay, Free Bet Blackjack may have specific rules and options that vary depending on the casino or online platform. Here are a few common features:
Insurance is a side bet offered when the dealer’s showing card is an Ace. You can choose to take insurance by placing an additional bet. If the dealer has a blackjack, the insurance bet pays 2:1, helping to offset the loss of your original bet.
The dealer must follow specific rules when playing their hand, typically hitting on a hand total of 16 or less and standing on 17 or higher. The exact rules may vary, so it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the specific dealer rules at the table you’re playing.
Push and Bust
If you and the dealer have the same hand total, it results in a push, and your bet is returned. If you exceed a hand total of 21, it’s a bust, and you lose the hand.
Free Bet Blackjack Strategies
Utilize Free Bets
One of the key strategies in Free Bet Blackjack is to take advantage of the free bet bonus. Identify the hands that qualify for a free double down and make the most of the opportunity to increase your bets without risking your own money.
Follow Basic Blackjack Strategy
Applying basic blackjack strategy can significantly improve your chances of winning in Free Bet Blackjack. Basic strategy charts are available that provide guidance on the optimal decisions to make based on your hand and the dealer’s card that you can see.
Understanding Payouts and Returns
Knowing the payouts in Free Bet Blackjack can help you form a winning betting strategy. Here’s a breakdown of common payouts:
Regular Winning Hand
A regular winning hand, where you beat the dealer without getting a blackjack, typically pays 1:1. For example, if you bet $10 and win, you’ll receive your original $10 bet back plus another $10.
If you are dealt a blackjack (an Ace and a 10-value card) and the dealer does not have a blackjack, it typically pays 3:2. For example, if you bet $10 and get a blackjack, you’ll receive your original $10 bet back plus $15.
Free Bet Win
When you win a hand with a free bet, the payout is typically even money.
Free Bet Loss
If you lose a hand with a free bet, you don’t lose any of your own money. You just won’t win anything. This is one of the advantages of the free bet bonus.
Play Free Bet Blackjack at Boot Hill Casino
If you’re ready to experience the excitement of Free Bet Blackjack, head over to Boot Hill Casino. Known for its exceptional gaming options and lively atmosphere, Boot Hill Casino offers one of the best gaming experiences in the region. Join in the action, test your strategies, and see if you can beat the dealer in Free Bet Blackjack. You could win big today!