Most table games come with different variations, and so does blackjack. One of the unique games is Perfect Blackjack, whose principles appeal to players who love to follow their intuition to win the Perfect Pairs bet. It is a side bet, with a potential 30:1 payout, and differentiates this live blackjack version. The fun begins even before the first card is drawn. The rules are similar to other blackjack variations, but the house edge ranges from 0.35% to 0.44%. With a good strategy, intuition, and luck, anyone can play live blackjack online to win valuable prizes.
Players start with two cards and can take one of these actions:
Hit; when a player asks for another card
Stand; a player cannot pick additional cards. They hold the total and end their turn
Double down; a player may increase the original bet by 100% and promise to stand when they receive an additional card
Split; when the first two cards at hand bear the same value. The player splits them into two hands A fifth option (surrender) is available in some cases. Here, the player gives up their hand after the initial bet if the chances of winning are too little. They get to keep 50% of the original bet instead of playing to lose the entire bet. Other rules for Perfect Blackjack include:
No taking of insurance/even money
Where there is no room for splitting, e.g., 5s and 10s, the hand is regarded as a hard total
A limitation on re-splitting makes the hand a hard total except for aces
The penalty for using the wrong strategy is 2.3 times bigger than taking a stand on soft 17
There are two optimal strategies for winning with two decks:
A smart player with a hard 9, 10, 11, or a pair of 5s considers doubling if the dealer is holding 2-9. The only exception is when the player holds hard 9 while the dealer holds 7, 8, or 9. In this case, the best bet is to hit. It is advisable to stand every time the player has a pair of 10s, soft 9 and ten, and hard 17+ regardless of the dealers holding. A stand is the most viable option for a player with a hard 12-16 when the dealer has 2-6. But there’s an exception if the player has hard 12 and the dealer holds 2 or 3. Another perfect opportunity to stand is soft 8 across 2-8 by the dealer. Similarly, it is good to stand with 9-9 when the dealer shows an Ace, 7, or 10.
Hit is the best move for a player holding hard 5-16, no matter what is in the dealer's hands. Soft 3-7 demands a hit regardless of the dealer’s card. Other motivators for a player to hit include pairs of 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s. However, pairs of 2s and 3s are exempted in this strategy if the dealer has 4-7. So the right move is to split. In the same manner, the player ought to split with 8-8 and 9-9 when the dealer shows 10 or ace. Aces should always be split. But 6-6 and 7-7 can only be split when the dealer has an Ace or 7-10.