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If you want to inject a bit of diversity and excitement into standard blackjack you may find the solution in the form of optional side bets. At Springbok Mobile Casino South Africa, we are committed to providing a comprehensive online casino experience.
As such we offer a range of blackjack variations, some of which are geared for the good time. What that means is you have an additional opportunity to boost your bankroll. How? By taking a low-cost side bet that has a power-packed payout punch!
What are the best blackjack variations in terms of extra ways to win? Well, at Springbok Mobile Casino South Africa we have opted for quality over quantity.
Along with a suite of online casino blackjack games that have slightly different payout structures – some of which include bonus pays – there are two variations that offer that little bit extra as regards betting opportunities.
The question now is which of the blackjack side bets are the best? Well, before we get into the statistics as they relate to the odds, the house edge and the return to player (RTP), here are the side bet games that are available right here at Springbok Mobile Casino South Africa:
In this form of the popular online casino game, you have the option to place a Perfect Pairs side bet. The extra bet is placed at the same time as the blackjack bet and is of a matching chip value.
You’ll scoop up a bucketload of extra cash if the first two cards you are dealt are a numerical match. Achieve a blackjack or a higher hand that that of the dealers and you’ll bank at second wad of winnings that are paid out at odds of 3:2 and 2:1 respectively.
How much can you win on the Perfect Pairs side bet at Springbok Mobile Casino South Africa? Theoretically, there are three different payouts – depending on the type of pair you are dealt.
If you hit perfect pairs – which are two identical cards in both suite and numerical value – you are paid out at odds of 25:1. Coloured pairs – such as black eights or red aces – pay out at odds of 12:1. Any other pair boost your betting account at odds of 6:1.
Think about it? If you take the side bet with the lowest available chip value – which is R2 – you stand to win R50, R24 or R12, respectively, and that is not a bad return on just two bucks.
Having said all that, is there a downside to taking the Perfect Pairs side bet? Well, in statistical terms there is –and it has got to do with the house edge and the average payout rate or return to player…
In the conventional blackjack component of the game, the house edge is just 0,54 percent. That means the RTP is 99,46 percent or R9,95 in every R10 that is wagered on Blackjack and Perfect Pairs across the entire Real Time Gaming online casino network.
Take the optional Perfect Pairs side bet and the house edge jumps to around 4,10 percent or higher – much higher – depending upon how many decks of cards are in play. That means that the RTP drops to 95,90 percent or as much as 77,65 percent when there are only two decks in play!
In layman’s terms, that simply means that by taking the side bet there is higher risk of losing money. It also means that the online casino takes a larger slice of all the side bet wagers made across the network.
If you do hit a pair in the opening two cards, however, you will be smiling all the way to the bank! Do the cons outweigh the pros? Probably… but there is no reason at all why you shouldn’t place a side bet every once in a while.
Right, now for the second side bet blackjack variation that you can play right now at Springbok Mobile Casino South Africa… and that is Suit Em Up Blackjack.
In this form of the game you can win payouts at odds of up to 60:1 when the first two cards you are dealt are of a matching suit – hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs. To qualify for the extra winnings, you have to place a side bet of equal value of the initial blackjack bet.
The Suite Em Up Side Bet Payouts are as follows:
These payouts are over and above the winnings generated for a blackjack – a hand that has a total value of 21 – or a hand that beats the dealer. Again, the winnings for the side bet are not to be sneezed at.
Play the R2 minimum chip value, hit two aces of the same suit – and you’ll be in the money to the tune of R120 on the side bet and R5 on the blackjack bet… not bad for just one hand at the online casino!
OK, now to the cost of the side bet in terms of edge and RTP. In the base game without the side bet in the play, the house edge is 0,54 percent – as with the Blackjack with Perfect Paris game.
With the optional side bet on the table – and with eight, six and two decks in play – the edge rises to 2,67%, 3,41% and 9,41%, respectively.
That means the average return to play drops from 99,46% to between 97,33% and 90,59% – and the real money winnings paid out on average to all players over time plummet to just R9,06 on every R10.
Which are the best blackjack side bets at the online casino? Well, the odds reflect the probability of hitting a winning two-card hand, and the higher the overall odds, the higher the house edge and the lower the RTP will be.
When you look at it that way, both side bets have positive and negative connotations. If you fancy a bit more of an adrenalin rush every time you load blackjack at our mobile casino South Africa, however, then the side bet blackjack is the online casino game for you!