Free Bet Blackjack
Want to double your winnings without risking your bankroll? Mr Blackjack takes you through the rules and gameplay to one of his favorite games: free bet blackjack.
- Free bet blackjack drew me in as soon as I saw it. And I'm sure it will do the same to you. Lesson 3, free bet blackjack. Unlike blackjack switch, you only have to play one hand. You receive two cards face up, and the dealer, one card up and one card face down. If your two cards total 9, 10, or 11, you can double down without risking your own money. The dealer will double your bet for you, hence the name freebet.
The dealer will also allow you to split all pairs except for 10s. And they will place that wager for you for free. If you win, they pay double your initial wager. If you lose, you only lose your initial bet. Since the house is paying for all your doubles and all your splits, they're taking some odds back by changing the casino rules.
For one, when the dealer gets 22, it's a push against all hands. It's a bit of a trade off on that side. But the casino still pays 3 to 2 for all two card blackjacks. You can look for all these details on the felt as all the deviations are clearly listed.
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What this lesson covers
- How free bet blackjack works
- How the casino keeps its edge
- How the rules affect your winnings
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- What’s the difference between regular blackjack and free bet blackjack?
The main difference between these variants is that free bet blackjack lets you double down if your hand is worth 9-11, or split any pair (except 10s) for free. In exchange, a 22 is a push against all hands. Our blackjack rules guide covers the aim and gameplay of blackjack in more detail.
- Is it worth playing free bet blackjack?
Regular blackjack has a lower house edge, so in terms of making a profit we recommend you avoid free bet blackjack. If you want to play for fun, then the bonus wagers in free bet blackjack make this game a top choice.
- Is free bet blackjack rigged?
Free bet blackjack is not rigged. The casino already has the edge given a 22 is a push in this blackjack variant, so there is no need for them to manipulate the game.
- Does free bet blackjack have good odds?
Free bet blackjack has a higher house edge and rules that favor the casino, i.e. push on 22 and no surrender. If you want games with good blackjack odds, we recommend sticking to traditional blackjack.
- Can I play free bet blackjack in Vegas or Atlantic City?
You will find free bet blackjack in several casinos in Vegas, and at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Some players report that certain Vegas casinos offer 6:5 payouts at their free bet tables, so make sure you ask the dealer before playing.
- Can I use basic strategy on free bet blackjack?
While basic strategy can help on some hand scenarios, it doesn’t take the push on 22 into account, and some casinos block surrender as an option. The basic recommended strategy for this blackjack game is to play aggressively and accept every free bet to split and double.
- Can I count cards in free bet blackjack games?
You can still count cards in free bet blackjack. Just be aware of how the free bets and push on 22 affects your advantage and the casino’s edge.