- This variant of classic Blackjack features two side bets
- These side bets are Perfect pairs and 21+3
- The aim is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over with up to five hands
- The theoretical RTP for the base game is 99.49 %, for 21+3 it’s 96.29 % and for the perfect pair it’s 95.91 %
Blackjack Pro is one of the most popular versions of the classic online blackjack casino table game. This much-loved variant features two exciting side bets: Perfect Pairs and 21+3.
You can play up to five consecutive hands, and your aim is to accumulate cards that total 21 or as close to this number as possible without going over 21. The value of a hand is the sum of the point counts of all cards in a hand and must beat that of the dealer’s to win.
Elevate Your Gameplay with Blackjack Side Bets
BetMGM’s Blackjack Pro is one of the best blackjack online options available. Building on the fundamentals that make traditional blackjack games so enjoyable, this variant introduces a new level of excitement with its unique features, including the addition of two blackjack side bets (Perfect Pairs and 21+3.)
Many players wonder if playing blackjack with side bets is worth it. While the odds of the two side bets on offer are covered below, the integration of Perfect Pairs and 21+3 into Blackjack Pro introduces a new layer of strategy and anticipation to your gaming sessions.
What Are Perfect Pairs?
Perfect Pairs are a type of blackjack side bet that involves only the players’ cards. To win the Perfect Pair side bet, the first two cards you are dealt must be a pair: either a Mixed Pair, Colored Pair, or Perfect Pair.
- Mixed Pairs in Blackjack, sometimes referred to as Red/Black Pairs, are bets placed on the possibility that the first two cards you will be dealt will have the same value but be of a different suit and color. For example, one red Queen and one black Queen. The odds of winning this wager are +600.
- Colored Pairs in Blackjack are bets placed on the possibility that your first two cards will be of the same color and value but a different suit. For example, an Ace of Spades and an Ace of Clubs. The odds of winning a colored pair side bet are +1,200.
- Perfect Pair blackjack side bets have odds of +2,500 and are bets placed on the possibility that the first two cards you will be dealt in a multi-deck blackjack game will be identical. Both cards must have the same value and suit to win (for example, two Kings of Diamonds.) Multiple decks of cards are the only way to find true perfect pairs in blackjack — without more than one deck, it would be impossible to be dealt two cards of the same rank and suit.
What Is a 21+3 Side Bet in Blackjack?
Offered in most land-based and online casinos, including the BetMGM online casino through Blackjack Pro, 21+3 is the most common blackjack side bet. Both the player’s and the dealer’s cards are involved in this side bet, which is adapted from poker and can be seen in four major types. To win this side bet, your two cards and the dealers’ face-up cards need to make one of the following combinations:
- Flush: All three cards are the same suit, for example, three club cards. The odds of winning this side bet are +500.
- Straight: The three cards are of consecutive ranks, for example, a two, three, and a four card of different suits. The odds of winning this side bet are +1,000.
- Straight Flush: All three cards have consecutive values and are of the same suit (for example, a 4, 5, and 6 of diamonds.) The odds for a straight flush side bet are +4,000.
- Three of a Kind: All three cards have the same numerical value (10s and figures are considered the same.) The odds of winning this bet are +4,000, and an example would be two kings and a 10.
The suited three-of-a-kind side bet entails matching cards that are both of the same numerical denomination and suit. The payout for this bet is +10,000. For example, three 10-ranked cards of hearts (10, queen, and king, all of hearts.)
How To Play Blackjack Pro at BetMGM
- To play online blackjack for real money, you must bet on at least one hand (and up to five.) You can bet a different amount for each hand.
- To select your chip value, click on a chip at the bottom left of the screen, then place your bet by clicking on one of the betting areas represented by five larger circles.
- You can place side bets on the PERFECT PAIRS or the 21+3 betting areas to the left or right, respectively, or the DEALER’S PAIR betting area near the dealer’s hand. You can do this in each round for hands that have a regular bet placed on them.
- To remove all bets from the table, click CLEAR BETS. To double all your bets, click DOUBLE, and to remove your last bet, click UNDO.
- Minimum and maximum bet limits depend on your VIP level, which is displayed at the top of the table. These limits apply only to your initial bet. Actions that require an additional bet (SPLIT, INSURANCE, and DOUBLE) can be used, even if you placed a bet equal to the max bet.
- The online casino minimum bet is $0.10, and the max is $2,500, while the minimum side bet is $0.10, and the max is $1,250.
- To start a game, click DEAL, and two cards will be dealt to each of the player’s hand(s) and to the dealer’s hand. When playing more than one hand, actions are taken for each hand separately, starting from the rightmost one.
- If your first two cards have the same value, you can choose to click SPLIT to split your hand into two (with an additional bet required.) To request another card, select HIT or DOUBLE to double your bet and receive a third card. Click STAND if you don’t want any more cards.
- Once you’ve played your final hand, the dealer reveals their face-down card and may draw additional cards. When the dealer stops taking cards, your hands are compared to the dealer’s hand. (Ace can count as 1 or 11.) In the event your hand’s value adds up to 22 or more, you lose. If any of your hands have a higher value than that of the dealer’s while being equal to or not exceeding 21, you will win, and your total winnings will be shown in the WIN meter at the bottom right of the screen.
- In the event of the dealer having an equal hand to yours, it is considered a tie or push, and your bet will be returned.
- If the dealer’s face-up card is an ace, you’ll be offered insurance against the dealer having a blackjack (two cards that add up to 21, such as an ace and a king.) Click either ACCEPT to insure one hand at a time (this deducts half your original bet from your balance) or DECLINE. To accept or decline for all hands, toggle the APPLY TO ALL button to the green color, then click ACCEPT or DECLINE.
- If the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace and you have a blackjack, you are given the option of EVEN MONEY? If you accept, you’ll be paid at odds of ±100 without the dealer’s face-down card even being exposed (see paytable below.)
Blackjack Payouts and Return to Player
The payout format used below means that when you win, you get back your bet plus an amount that’s a multiple of your bet.
For example, insurance pays out +200; surrender, you’ll get half your money back (and so on.)
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The theoretical RTP (return to player) for the base Blackjack game is 99.49%; for the 21+3 side bet, it’s 96.29%; and for the Perfect Pairs side bet, it’s 95.91%.
Start Playing Blackjack Pro
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If you want to get started with online blackjack, with or without side bets, BetMGM is the best place to start. To play blackjack online, simply register with BetMGM, and in a few easy steps, you’ll have a world of gambling magic at your fingertips. Be sure to keep an eye on the BetMGM blog for useful strategy guides, tips for winning, the latest news and trends, game reviews, and much more.