While those games are
thrilling, they often come with different rulesets. That can be fun from time
to time. However, you just want to relax with a few rounds of regular blackjack
sometimes. For those of you looking to add a dash of spice without playing a
variant, side bets are the answer! Today, we will look at some of the most
common and popular blackjack side bets available to players.
This is a side bet we
have seen on almost every blackjack table we have played. It is easy to see why
it is so popular, too. Punters get a chance to get a decent prize for a
relatively simple task. Casinos get to drop your house edge if you decide to
play this side bet. If keeping the low house edge is something you care about,
you skip out on side bets altogether. Everybody wins!
As its name implies,
Perfect Pairs rewards you for getting a pair of matching cards in your hands.
The closer they match, the bigger the payout. Just numbers matching will result
in a 6:1 prize, while a coloured pair pays 12:1. The biggest reward is for a
pair of identical cards, where both number, colour and symbol are the same.
This will result in a satisfying 25:1 reward!
21 + 3
One more super common
live blackjack side bet is 21 + 3. It requires more effort to learn, but it
pays better and has a better house edge than Perfect Pairs. When playing this
side bet, your first two drawn cards and the dealer’s face up card will try to
form a three-card poker hand. What prize you receive will then depend on what
card combinations you are able to form.
A flush earns you a 5:1
payout, while a straight rewards a 10:1 win. A three-of-a-kind side bet win
will get you a 30:1 score and a straight flush will pay 40:1. The best prize is
won when you earn a straight flush, which requires three same suit cards with
consecutively growing numbers. This pays a mouth-watering 100:1 prize if you
If you’re looking for a
similar side bet as 21 + 3, this is the one you want. Like before, you are forming
a specific combination of cards with your first two cards and the dealer’s
face-up card. Unlike 21 + 3, the result is to get a 19, 20 or 21. Just scoring a
19 or 20 total will earn you a 1:1 and 2:1 payouts, respectively.
Depending on which
cards form the 21 hand, you will receive different cash prizes. An unsuited 21
is worth 4:1 and a suited 21 pays 20:1. The best reward comes from getting
three sevens, which earns a 100:1 payout!
For players looking for
a risky side bet, we can think of no better choice. Bust It tasks players with
making the dealer bust. The more cards the dealer gets before busting, the
better your payout! A plain three-card bust just pays a 1:1 cash prize. If you can
make the dealer bust with eight cards, you will receive a staggering 250:1
This is the simplest
side bet currently available on the market. Your only goal is to keep track of
sevens; the more sevens you draw, the better your payout is. To win, you must
draw at least one seven, which results in a 3:1 prize. If your second card is
also a seven, you receive a 25:1 win. If both sevens have the same suit, the
win increases to 50:1 instead!
If the dealer’s
face-up card is also a seven, you receive a 100:1 payout. Meanwhile, getting
three sevens with matching suits can grant the top prize of 500:1! Keep in mind
it also has the highest house edge of all available side bets. If it were up to
team, we would skip this one!