“Free Bet” Blackjack

Posted On 05 Aug 2014
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“Free Bet” Blackjack is a Blackjack game invented by Geoff Hall. This variation has a twist to it.


The player doesn’t have to risk his money when doubling or splitting most of the time.


Blackjack corner_July14-free-bet-bj-splitsFor example if you have the hand of 11 and have a bet of $10 and double down, the Casino provides the additional $10. If you win you get paid $20, if you lose you just lose your original bet.


The catch is this;  if the dealer busts with the hand of 22……all bets left standing push – he must bust with 23 or more.


Here is the way the game works:”Free Doubles” on hard totals of 9, 10, or 11.

With a “free double,” the player’s original bet is matched with a “free bet” button and the player receives one additional card.

At the end of the hand: If the dealer wins, the player loses his original wager only.


Blackjack Corner_July14-free-bet-bj-real-bet-2If the hand results in a push, the player gets back his original wager only.
Otherwise, if the player wins, the player gets back his original wager plus winnings equal to double that wager.

Remember the dealer pushes on 22 – If the player has 21 or less and the dealer busts with 22, then the player’s wager is a push.
Free Splits” on all pairs – except 10s….With a “free split,” the player’s two cards are divided into two one-card hands.


The player’s original wager is placed with the first hand and a “free bet” button is placed with the second hand. The player plays out each hand one at a time and is entitled to a “free double” or “free split” on both hands.


For winning hands, each “free bet” button is replaced with real chips equaling the original wager. On hands resulting in a player loss or push, the dealer takes back the “free bet” button.

Blackjack Corner_July14-free-bet-1Basic Strategy: Playing this game requires a different strategy because you play differently – if you are playing the real money bet as opposed to the free bet. There is a difference because a push is just as bad as a loss on a free bet, thus causing a more aggressive strategy. The house edge for the game is about .79%, not bad when you consider a normal 6 deck game house edge is about .57%. Currently only Fort McDowell casino offers this game.


The three tables included show strategy for “real money” hand, “free bet” hand, and “pairs” hand respectively.


T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play and has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world. He also has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack. His book, “Beating the Casino at Their Own Game,” is available by e-mail…… tj21pro@gmail.com

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