Free Bet Blackjack

Hit 21 when you play Free Bet Blackjack!

This game comes with four excellent side bets that make this classic casino game even more intriguing.

There are also VIP tables available, and you can chat to your fellow players while you take on the dealer.

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    Free Bet Blackjack Game Overview

    The minimum bet size available in Free Bet Blackjack is £1.

    The maximum bet is £1,000.

    Game Summary

    Play Free Bet Blackjack and you could receive free ‘double down’ and ‘split’ bets. 

    In this game, you must build a hand that is worth more than the dealer's without going over 21.

    Blackjack is the best hand in this game, which is completed when the first two cards you receive add up to 21.

    • This game used eight standard 52-card decks.
    • When the dealer reaches 17, they must stand.
    • You are able to double down on any of your initial two cards.
    • If you are dealt a hand of pairs, you get a free split unless they are 10s.
    • If your two card hand equals 9, 10 or 11, you will receive a free double down bet.
    • Split initial cards of equal value.
    • On each hand, you can only split once.
    • If you split Aces, you will only be dealt one further card.
    • If you split your cards, you cannot double down.
    • Six Card Charlie: if you have a hand containing six cards worth less than 21, you win.
    • Buy insurance when the dealer has an Ace.
    • Winning hand pays 1:1
    • Blackjack pays 3:2 and beats a standard score of 21.
    • Insurance pays 2:1.
    • When your hand is of an equal value to the dealer's, you receive your stake back.
    • When the dealer busts with a score of 22, you receive your stake back.

    Free Bet Blackjack Rules

    The game is hosted by a dealer, with no limit on the number of players who can play in any round.

    The game is played with eight standard 52-card decks. In this game, the cards are valued as follows:

    • Cards between 2 and 10 have face value.
    • Face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) are worth 10.
    • Aces are worth 1 or 11, and they will assume the value that improves the hand the most. Note that a soft hand features an Ace worth 11.

    Once betting time has expired, the dealer deals one card face up to all players, ending with themselves. After this, a second card is dealt face up to each of the players at the table, however the dealer's second card will be face down.

    Next to your cards, you can see what your initial hand is worth.


    If your initial two cards equal 21 exactly, you win Blackjack and trigger a payout of 1.5x your initial stake.


    If an Ace is shown on the dealer's face up hand, you can purchase insurance in order to protect yourself against the dealer having Blackjack, and this will cost half of your initial wager.

    Should the dealer get Blackjack you will be paid out at 2:1. If they don't you lose your insurance bet and the game carries on as normal.

    Double Down, Hit or Stand

    If the value of your initial hand is not 21, you are able to double down, which doubles your bet but means you will only receive one more card.

    If your hard total is 9, 10 or 11, a "free double" is awarded. If used, this adds a free bet to your original stake. If you win the game round, the value of the “Free Bet” will be matched to your original bet. You are then paid out, though you don't receive the value of the free bet back.

    Should your double bet lose, only the initial stake is lost.

    If the round ends in a tie, you only receive the value of your initial stake back.

    Should you wish to receive more cards, you can hit. Once you are happy with the value of your hand you can choose to stand, and you will not receive any extra cards.

    If your soft hand is valued at 21, you will not have any of these options because you already have the best possible hand.


    If two cards of the same value make up your initial hand, you can split them and create two different hands. They both have the same stake applied.

    Unless you have a pair of 10s, a free split is offered to you. Your first wager takes effect on the right-hand bet, while the free bet is applied to the left hand bet.

    The value of the “Free Bet” will be matched to your original bet and you are paid out if you win. You will not receive the value of the free bet back if that hand wins.

    If you lose on your hand with the “Free Bet”, you do not lose your initial bet.

    In the event of a tie, your bet is not refunded.

    If you opt to split your hand of 10s, the bet for your second hand is identical to your main bet.

    Side Bets

    Four different side bets are available in Free Bet Blackjack - Any Pair, 21+3, Hot 3 and Bust It.

    Side bets can be placed in combination with your main Blackjack bet, and irrespective of the outcome of the main bet you can still win your side bet.

    Any Pair

    Bet on the combination of the two first cards of your hand with this side bet.

    To win, you must have two cards of the same value in your initial hand: e.g. two Kings, two Aces, two 5ss, etc.

    Two types of combinations are available when you place an Any Pair side bet, and a different payout applies:

    • Pair, e.g. 8 of Clubs and 8 of Hearts.
    • Suited Pair, e.g. 2x Jack of Clubs.


    In order to win 21+3 side bet, your first two cards must complete the winning combinations below, in conjunction with the dealer's face-up card.

    There is a separate payout associated with each of the below combinations, and they are similar to the type of combinations you would form in a game of poker.

    • Flush – same-suited cards that aren't in sequence, e.g. 3, 7 and Jack of Diamonds.
    • Straight – non-matching suits but in numerical order, e.g. 5 of Clubs, 6 of Spades and 7 of Hearts.
    • Three of a Kind – identical value but non-matching suits, e.g. Ace of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts, Ace of Spades.
    • Straight Flush – in numerical order with matching suits, e.g. 3, 4 and 5 of Spades.
    • Suited Trips – Three of a Kind with matching suits, e.g. three Kings of Clubs.

    Hot 3

    Place a wager on the combination of three cards with the Hot 3 side bet. Your first two cards will form this with the dealer's face-up card.

    There are a number of combinations available in this side bet, each consisting of a different payout.

    • Total 19, for example: 7 of Clubs, 2 of Diamonds and 10 of Hearts.
    • Total 20, for example: 9 of Spades, 3 of Clubs and 8 of Diamonds.
    • Total 21, matching suits, for example: 2, 9 and 10 of Diamonds.
    • Total 21, non-matching suits, for example: 4 of Clubs, 7 of Diamonds and 10 of Hearts.
    • 7-7-7, for example: 7 of Hearts, 7 of Clubs and 7 of Diamonds.

    Bust It

    This side bet allows you to place wagers on the dealer busting their hand.

    The Bust It side bet will be pushed if your initial cards give you Blackjack.

    A number of combinations are available for this side bet, and they each consist of a different payout.

    • Three card bust.
    • Four card bust.
    • Five card bust.
    • Six card bust.
    • Seven card bust.
    • Eight card bust.

    Side Bet Payouts

    Any Pair

    Suited Pair25:1


    Three of a Kind30:1
    Straight Flush40:1
    Suited Trips100:1

    Hot 3

    Total 191:1
    Total 202:1
    Total 21 Unsuited4:1
    Total 21 Suited20:1
    7 - 7 - 7100:1

    Bust It

    Bust with 3 cards1:1
    Bust with 4 cards2:1
    Bust with 5 cards9:1
    Bust with 6 cards50:1
    Bust with 7 cards100:1
    Bust with 8 or more cards250:1

    Return to Player (RTP)

    The optimal theoretical payout percentage is:

    • Blackjack – 98.45%*
    • Any Pair – 95.90%
    • 21+3 – 96.30%
    • Hot 3 – 94.60%
    • Bust It – 94.12% 

    The expected return to player is the amount we pay out to players relative to the amount of wagering on the game.

    For example, if we take £100 of wagers we will, on average, pay out £98.45 of wins.

    *Based on the first hand in the shoe.