Blackjack Side Bets

Date Published: July 24, 2015

Blackjack is one of the most played games in any online casino and this game is also the best for players looking to win. With blackjack, players will enjoy the benefit of a low house edge and there are basic strategies that can be used to help players win more often. Blackjack is a game that will require some skill and knowledge, but it is a simple game to learn and one that can surely boost account balances. In addition to winning standard hands of blackjack, there is another way to win and that is by placing a side bet. A side bet is one that is placed in addition to the ante for the game and it will enable players to win more money for certain hands that are held. Most games that feature a progressive jackpot will offer a side bet and this $1 bet can result in massive winnings.

One side bet that is quite popular at online blackjack tables is the Royal Match. This bet will be placed if players think their first two dealt cards will be suited. Two suited cards will typically pay 5:2 while a Royal Match, which is a King and Queen of the same suit will offer a 25:1 payout. While these payouts are appealing, the odds of getting these hands are relatively low. The chance of getting a Royal Match is only 0.3%, or 1 in 335 hands played. When looking to place this bet, try to find a game that uses more than four decks and offers a 6:2 payout for a regular match.

There is also the Super 7s bet, where players will bet that heir first card will be a 7. If they get their second card to be a 7, they will win more and if they hit and end up with three 7s, the payout can be huge, with some online casinos offering a 5000:1 payout for three suited sevens. Overall, the edge for this bet is around 12%, so it may be best to avoid it and save money to double down when needed.

Most side bets that are presented at blackjack tables are for progressive games and this small bet can allow players to win a portion or all of the jackpot being offered. With this side bet, the rest of the game has no effect on the bet as it is only placed to win the progressive jackpot. These games will usually require a hand of four red or four black aces to win the jackpot, but here are other payouts offered as well. Players can collect a $2500 payout for three aces of the same suit, $1500 for four aces of different suits, $250 for three aces of different suits, $100 for two suited aces and $25 for two unsuited aces. Most experienced players will always avoid side bets since they have a high house edge, but once in a while, it can benefit the player and can result in a handsome win.

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