Perfect Pairs Blackjack Game Rules, Tips & Strategy Card
Perfect Pairs Blackjack of OddsOn/Vegas Technology online casinos incorporates the existing
Vegas Strip Blackjack game features
with additional features designed to give online players a variety of new options not available in a regular Blackjack.
The Perfect Pairs Blackjack is played using Vegas Strip Blackjack rules along with a
Perfect Pairs side bet.
The Perfect Pairs bet wins if the first 2 cards dealt to a hand are a pair and loses if they are not a pair.
In OddsOn's Perfect Pairs Blackjack, the player competes against the dealer. The game is played on a semi-circular table with
5 playing positions and wagers are placed in the circles on the bottom of the screen. This blackjack version is played with
8 Decks of 52 cards (with the jokers removed), re-shuffled after each hand.
The basic rule of the game is to get a hand higher than the dealer without going over 21. If the face value of
your cards is a Blackjack ("natural blackjack", for example Ace-10), or if the dealer's cards
are lower than yours - player's hand wins! The dealer hits on all hands totaling 16 or less and
stands on ALL hands totaling 17 or more.
General Rules in Brief:
- 8 card decks
- Betting limits: $2 to $200 per hand
- The dealer stands on ALL 17 or higher
- Optional Perfect Pairs side bet
- Player's blackjack (e.g. A-10) pays 3:2
- Winning insurance bet pays 2:1
- You may double down on any first 2 cards
- No doubling down after splitting
- Re-split up to 2 times, but you cannot re-split Aces
- No surrender is allowed
Multi-Hand Version: Play up to 5 Hands
There are 5 playing positions on the screen for you to bet and you can play up to 5 hands of blackjack
at the same time. Each hand played is a separate wager against the dealer, so drag and drop your coins to
the corresponding circles on the screen to play as much hands as you wish.
How to play Perfect Pairs Blackjack
When starting the Perfect Pairs Blackjack game you have to place your coin(s)
on the table and click on the DEAL button. You decide how much you want to wager and how many hands to play.
Once you have completed placing your initial bet(s) you can place the Perfect Pairs side bet.
2 cards are dealt at each player position that has a bet and 2 cards
are given to the dealer, one of them face up.
Perfect Pair Side Bet Payouts
At this point the outcome of your Perfect Pairs bet is determined, provided that you have placed one at the
beginning of the game. If the 2 player's cards form a pair your Perfect Pair bet will remain on the table
and the payout will be added to your balance at the end of the game. If no pair is formed by your 2 cards,
the side bet will be automatically removed from the table. Payout table:
• Perfect Pair pays 30 to 1.
• Colored Pair pays 10 to 1.
• Mixed Black/Red Pairs pays 5 to 1.
A "Perfect Pair" is 2 identical cards (like two King of spades). A "Colored Pair" is 2 cards of the same rank
and color (like the King of hearts and King of diamonds). Mixed Pair example: a King of diamonds and a King of spades.
Then, you are allowed to Hit or Stand, and when applicable you are
able to Split, Double, or buy Insurance. If possible you have to decide to Split or Double before choosing
to Hit or Stand.
If your dealt an Ace and a 10 or a face card then you have a Blackjack, also called a "Natural Blackjack",
and play is automatically moved to the next hand. If the value of your cards exceeds 21 then you have gone
BUST and have lost this hand. When your hand is completed the dealer's hand is played out and
your hand is compared to the dealer's hand to determine the winner(s).
Dealer always checks (peeks) for "Blackjack" before your turn if he is showing an Ace or a 10-value card (10, J, Q, K).
One Dealer card is dealt face up and the other face down. If the Dealer has a ten or an ace as the up card,
it is possible he has a "Blackjack" in which case all Player hands will lose except with another "Blackjack".
The dealer in Perfect Pairs game will check for Blackjack immediately after the cards are dealt to the player,
and will collect all losing bets immediately if he does have a Blackjack.
So the game continues only if the Dealer does not have a "Blackjack".
If you have 2 cards that are the same (a Pair), the Split option will be available.
You can choose to split your original single hand into 2 separate hands. In this case
a second wager will be placed automatically equal to your original bet and you are dealt a second card for each new hand.
Re-splitting is allowed. Player can re-split up to 2 times on an already split hand, but cannot re-split Aces.
Note: If you purchase Insurance and then Split your hand, the hand will no longer be covered by Insurance.
If you split two Aces you will receive only 1 more card to complete your hand and if the second card is a
10-value card it is not considered as a "Blackjack".
The 'Double' option is available on any first 2 cards. Doubling will double your original bet.
Please note that you will only receive 1 more card to complete your hand.
Double after Split is allowed, except after splitting Aces.
Whenever the Dealer's up-card is an Ace, you have the option to take insurance if you think the dealer may have a
blackjack. The cost of insurance is half your original bet and pays
out 2:1 if the dealer does get a blackjack. If you purchases Insurance and then Doubles
your hand, only the initial bet is doubled. No Insurance after splitting. Insurance is not
recommended in Perfect Pairs blackjack as in most other blackjack games if you want to have the best odds.
Perfect Pairs Blackjack Strategy Card
We have calculated the optimal basic strategy for these rules that can decrease the house edge for the base game
to about 0.4%. But this does not include the side bet outcome. The strategy is pretty similar to the optimal
strategy for the OddsOn's Vegas Strip Blackjack (or Vegas Strip Blackjack from Microgaming),
so we provide here the strategy card for this game:
The Blackjack strategy is printed as table with the dealer's up card
the first row and player's 2 card combination in the second column. The entries in the table
instruct you whether you should Hit, Stand, Double Down or Split your hand depending on the combinations of
the dealer's and player's hands. Optimal Perfect Pairs Blackjack strategy
is shown above for the hard totals, soft totals, and player's pairs.
Perfect Pairs Side Bet Odds
Perfect Pairs side bet is, in fact, a separate game-within-a-game with its own fixed house edge of about
3.37%. You cannot
increase your long term payouts for side bets with a working strategy, although you can use
a betting system to add the
fun and exciting to your blackjack gaming experience. As you will see a pair
appriximately on every 13,3 hands you can develop your own system, for
example, make a side bet every time you don't see Pairs 20 hands in a row.
Where to Play?
OddsOn/Vegas Technology casinos offer 4 different blackjack games including European, Perfect Pairs,
Progressive and Vegas Strip tables. Play Perfect Pairs online blackjack at
Liberty Slots (up to $777 free welcome bonus). Note: U.S. Players are accepted (excluding
those from the 4 States: Louisiana, Maryland, Oregon and Missouri); Canadian players
are not accepted.
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