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Free Bet Blackjack: What Does ‘Free Bet’ Mean

In this guide, I explain what "Free Bet Blackjack" is, its benefits, and indicate how it's different from classic blackjack.
by Wade
6 min read

What is Free Bet Blackjack?

Free Bet Blackjack is a different version of classic blackjack. It was made to give players more chances to win without risking their own money on some moves like doubling down and splitting. It started in real casinos and became popular with both new and experienced players.

In Free Bet Blackjack, you get two cards like usual. But the special thing is the “free bets” from the dealer in certain situations. These let you double down or split without putting more money down. If you win, you get the normal prize plus what you bet at the start, basically giving you a “free” bet.

Advantages of Free Bet Blackjack

  • Less Risk: Free Bet Blackjack is less risky because players can double down and split without using their own money. This makes it easier for beginners who are still learning.
  • Higher Win Potential: You can win more money without having to bet extra at the start, thanks to the free bets on certain hands.
  • Better Strategy: Free Bet Blackjack lets players try out different strategies because of the free bets. This makes the game more interesting and gives players more options.
  • Easier Rules: The rules of Free Bet Blackjack are made to be easy to understand, especially for new players who might find regular blackjack rules confusing.

Differences from Classic Blackjack

To understand how Free Bet Blackjack is different, let’s compare it to regular blackjack:

  • Double Down: In Free Bet Blackjack, you can double down for free on 9, 10, or 11. In classic blackjack, you can double down anytime you want.
  • Splitting: In Free Bet Blackjack, you can split certain pairs for free, except for 10s. In classic blackjack, the usual splitting rules apply.
  • Dealer Push 22 Rule: In Free Bet Blackjack, if the dealer’s hand adds up to 22, it’s a tie instead of a loss. In classic blackjack, the dealer busts if they reach 22.

These differences mainly revolve around the free bets you get in Free Bet Blackjack, which allow for more liberal doubling down and splitting without risking your own money. Also, the “Dealer Push 22 Rule” is unique to Free Bet Blackjack, meaning if the dealer gets 22, it’s a tie for everyone except for those with a natural blackjack.

Goals of Free Bet Blackjack

The main goal of Free Bet Blackjack is just like classic blackjack – to beat the dealer by getting as close to 21 as possible without going over. But because of the free bets, players can try different strategies:

  • Doubling Down: You can double down for free on certain totals, so it’s smart to do it when you have a good hand.
  • Splitting: Free Bet Blackjack has special rules for splitting, so knowing when to split can really help you win.
  • Dealer’s Push 22 Rule: If the dealer’s hand adds up to 22, it’s not an automatic win for you. This rule adds another layer of strategy, so you might need to change your plans accordingly.
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