When it comes to casino games, winning money is the goal. But players can also have fun without risking their bankroll by playing for free. Free bet blackjack is an exciting variation of the classic card game that allows players to enjoy a variety of features and rules without having to put their real-world cash on the line.
First introduced at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas in the summer of 2012, this variant of blackjack has become available at many casinos and online gambling venues around the world, including LightCasino. The game follows the same basic rules of standard blackjack, but has a few notable rule deviations that appeal to new players and those with tight playing bankrolls.
Specifically, Free Bet Blackjack lets players, on certain hands, double down or split for free. When a player chooses to take advantage of this option, the dealer will place a special lammer next to their original wager. If they win the hand, both their original bet and the Free Bet will be paid out. This provides more opportunities for players to get a good value on splitting and doubling their bets, which can make a big difference in their overall profitability, especially when paired with a proper playing strategy.
Other than that, this version of blackjack plays just like the traditional one. Guests are dealt two starting cards and the dealer has one as well. The player may double on any two card hard 9, 10, or 11 against the dealer’s up-card, and they may split all pairs except for 5s, 6s, and 10s. They may also resplit for free, giving them four new hands to play with. Lastly, they can free double on any pair after splitting (except for 5s and 10s), as long as the total of the two new hands remains 10.
As with all blackjack variations, there is some risk involved in Free Bet Blackjack. But players who use a good strategy can greatly reduce that risk, making this an excellent choice for any player looking to try something new.