Blackjack Poker and Pairs is a Blackjack table game developed by famous and popular gaming company IGT. This table game is well-designed simple to play having just the felt and the markings of a blackjack table helps to bring some of the authenticity of the land-based casino experience to you right at your home on your mobile or PC.
By playing Blackjack Poker & Pairs you enhance your Blackjack experience with exciting side bets: Poker and Pairs. Play up to three seats at a time and multiply your chances of winning big! All of your favorite bets are here as well: split bets, double-down bets, and insurance bets
At the time of writing Blackjack poker and pairs game was available at Atlantic lotteries only for the players of New Brunswick.
How to play Blackjack Poker and Pairs online in Canada?
First and foremost to play Blackjack poker and pairs online in Canada you need to join any Canadian friendly online casino or play at the Canadian state official website online (links given above for BCLC, ACL, OLG).
- Register yourself as a player
- Make a deposit of few dollars
- Visit the games lobby
- Find Blackjack poker and pairs
- Tap to load the game on your gaming device be it mobile or PC or laptop
You need smooth WIFI or internet connection to get the game going.
When the game loads place your bets. The bets range from $1 to maximum $600.
To place the bet simply press the chip selector in the lower-right corner to select a chip value.
Press one or more bet squares on the table to place a bet.
The following commands are available during the game:
- DEAL – Press to begin a game. Place the minimum bet in order to play.
- DOUBLE BET – Press to double the current bet.
- REBET – Press after a game to place the previous bet.
- REBET AND DEAL – Press to place the previous bet and begin a new game with one touch.
- NEW GAME – Start a new game, and clear the table.
- CLEAR – Press to remove all bets from the table.
- UNDO – Press to remove the last-placed bet from the table.
- DOUBLE REBET – Press after a game to double the previous bet.
In Blackjack Poker & Pairs, the goal is to beat the Dealer’s hand. Each hand has a value that is determined by combining the values of its cards. All face cards are worth 10, Aces are worth 1 or 11, and all other cards are worth their face value. If the value of a hand exceeds 21, that hand is a “bust” and automatically loses. Aces are worth 11 unless that would cause the hand to bust.
Two initial cards are dealt to each player (on any bet spot where bets were placed) and the Dealer. The Dealer receives one face-up card and one face-down card. If the two initial cards equal a sum of 21, that hand is a “Blackjack”.
Player automatically wins and is paid 3 to 2 on the main bet.
Dealer automatically wins and player’s main bet is forfeited.
In case of both player and dealer wins its a tie and Player’s bet is returned.
The game offers Blackjack insurance when the Dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. If the Player accepts the Insurance bet offer, another bet equal to half the main bet is placed before the Dealer’s hand is checked for Blackjack.
If neither the Player nor the Dealer have Blackjack, attempt to improve the outcome by playing out the hand. Depending on the cards that were dealt, choose from the following commands:
- HIT – Press to draw another card for this hand. Choose to continue drawing cards until the hand value becomes 21 or more. Or, choose to stand and receive no more cards. If the hand value becomes 21, the hand automatically stands. If the hand busts, all bets placed on that hand are forfeited.
- STAND – Press to take no more cards for this hand.
- SPLIT – This command is available if the first two cards in the hand are the same value. Press to split the cards into two separate hands and place an additional bet equal to the main bet. Split Aces receive only one card per split hand. Players may split again once per split hand, except for split Aces.
- DOUBLE DOWN – This command is available for the first two cards of any hand. Press to double the main bet and draw exactly one more card. Double Down on the first two cards of a split hand, except for split Aces.
When play is finished on all hands, the Dealer reveals the face-down card and draws until the value of the hand is 17 or higher. If the Dealer’s hand value exceeds 21, the Dealer busts and all non-busted hands win. Otherwise, the Dealer’s hand is compared to each non-busted hand. When comparing hands, only the highest values that are less than 21 are used for each hand.
All winning hands pay 1 to 1. In the case of a tie, the bet for that hand “pushes” and is returned.
What are the side bets in Blackjack Poker and Pairs?
This variant of Blackjack uses the standard rules, but with two exciting side bets. The first bet is mandatory, meaning the player must place bets on the Blackjack spot to be able to place the bets on the side bets.
- Side bet – Pairs : Pairs is an optional bet, offering players the choice to make a separate wager on whether their two cards will be paired.
- Side bet – Poker: Poker is an optional bet based on the player’s first two cards, plus the dealer’s up card.
Other Rules to play
- Dealer must draw on 16.
- Dealer must stand on all 17’s. This includes soft values where an Ace is worth 11.
- Player may draw a maximum of eight cards for any hand. An eight-card Player hand automatically wins, regardless of the Dealer’s subsequent hand outcome.
- Cards are dealt from eight decks of standard playing cards, shuffled for each game.
- Malfunction voids all pays and plays.
In accordance with fair gaming practices required in most legal jurisdictions worldwide, all cards come from a fair deck that has been randomly shuffled. Thus every card remaining in a given deck is equally likely to be the next card dealt.
The odds of getting any particular outcome are always the same. The odds do not vary based on prior outcomes, bet size, balance size, time of day, day of week, etc. For example, if the top award is won on a given play of the game, the chances of winning the top award on the next play are exactly the same.
Likewise, prior losses do not change future odds. The expected payback reflects the theoretical return across a very large number of plays by numerous players over an extended period of time. The results for any given player over a play session can vary widely from this long-term, expected average in either direction. The fewer the number of games played, the wider the normal variance of actual payback that may be experienced. The expected payback value is also based upon correct player choices for any game that involve main game and/or bonus game play strategy.
The RTP of this Blackjack variant is 99.6%