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5 reasons to play casino games
at Planet 7

Not only do Planet 7 offer a cosmic amount of games to play online, we also strive to ensure each and every one of our players can fully revel in the casino experience in a safe and fair way. So what sets us apart from other virtual gaming hubs?

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One of the main concerns for gamblers these days is how their personal data and banking information is handled. At Planet 7, privacy and security is the biggest priority; that’s why we use top-of-the-range encryption technology when it comes to your personal details and how you choose to deposit and withdraw funds.

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Customer service and 24-hour care is something you’ll never cease to find at Planet 7 online casino, whether communicating through telephone, email or our live chat system - making sure customers receive the care they deserve is at the top of the list, and we never cut corners when it comes to answering your questions.

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Convenience and ease of access is a big factor when joining any online casino. Planet 7 consistently strive to make the player journey as enjoyable, yet user-friendly as possible. We accept all major credit cards, cryptocurrencies and other payment options such as Neteller and Bankwise - making transactions fast and effortless.

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5 REASONS TO PLAY CASINO GAMES AT PLANET 7

Not only do Planet 7 offer a cosmic amount of games to play online, we also strive to ensure each and every one of our players can fully revel in the casino experience in a safe and fair way. So what sets us apart from other virtual gaming hubs?

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We understand the reasons people worry and fret over how companies handle their delicate and sensitive information these days. This is why we always emphasise our terms and conditions to customers, strongly outlining our methods for keeping your personal data safe and secure. Not only do we use top-of-the-industry encryption technology with a 256 bit SSL certificate for all payment transactions, we also deploy similar security protocols to that of financial institutions. This clever technology automatically prevents any external sources or third parties accessing our records. At Planet 7, customer privacy will forever remain at the top of our list.

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Safety and security may be our number one priority, but following closely behind is the customer care and support we provide to our players. We pride ourselves in our high standards of service and transparent approach to making sure any problems are resolved in a prompt and assertive manner. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable and fully-trained advisors are available to assist you 24 hours a day, and can be contacted via email and live chat. They will be more than happy to answer your questions and tend to your needs.

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It can be incredibly frustrating to hit it big on a jackpot and not know when you will be able to withdraw on it. That’s why we ensure all payouts are made within 7-10 working days of the withdrawal request, and cashbacks are credited to your account every Monday so you can start your week off on a high! When it comes to depositing funds, Planet 7 have made sure the process is as smooth and easy as possible. Not only do we accept all major currencies, we also accept all major payment methods including Visa, MasterCard, Neteller and Bitcoin.

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You don’t have to be a full-time committed player to lap up the endless rewards and promotions on real money casino games at Planet 7. Both new customers and existing customers can benefit from regular promotions, providing everything from free spins, free games rounds, heavily discounted bonus codes, match bonuses, no deposit bonuses and other lucrative offers which will always entice you to come back! For those dedicated players who want to invest more of their time into the casino, Planet 7 host a luxurious VIP program which comes with heaps of additional incentives and opportunities for more fantastic rewards!

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People can be quick to tarnish the reputations of casinos these days, especially when it comes to providing any kind of support beyond the general status quo. We’re fully aware that some people struggle with gambling addictions and unwanted habits. As an organization who truly cares about its player’s health and welfare – our mission is to make sure support is readily available to you any time you should need it. Planet 7’s committed team of advisors are here to point you in the right direction of organizations offering round-the-clock help and advice; all of which are completely free of charge.

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Choosing the right
games for you

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the expanse of games you can find in the online casino market these days! At Planet 7, we are committed to providing our players with the latest and most innovative releases which can be played for real money; each entailing the best odds and fastest payouts, complete with fluid gameplay, easy-to-use controls and highly entertaining graphics/sounds - all of which work together harmoniously to create that perfect, unrivalled, virtual gambling experience.



ONLINE SLOTS

With the advancements of computer technology, a new range of possibilities for slots has naturally been created too. Initially payouts on slot machines were structured in exactly the same way. “Straight Slots” (sometimes referred to as flat-top or static slots), were always the most common and worked with a fixed set of paylines, fixed payouts and fixed jackpots.

PROGRESSIVE SLOTS

Progressive games are the opposite of static slots. These kind of games have no fixed jackpot amounts and with every spin from every person playing the game, this jackpot steadily increases by a small determined percentage. It certainly makes the game more interesting!

BONUS ROUND SLOTS

Bonus rounds are the gateway to free spins, multipliers and more. They are also act as great little intervals in the game which are heaps of fun to play with and can certainly add some meat to your bankroll!

MULTIPLE PAYLINE SLOTS

In contrast to the original slot machine which worked with 3-5 reels, these kind of slots come with a multitude of different paylines, coin sizes and jackpots which usually trigger those epic bonus features.

RECOMMENDED SLOTS GAMES

Plentiful Treasure
Enter a world in a hunt for Asian treasure, and shower in gold coins with the spectacular new slot game Plentiful Treasure from Real Time Gaming at Planet 7 Casino. This stunning 5-reel, 243 All Ways Pays slot is an adventure into vast fortune and golden promises. For a minimum $75 deposit, you can enjoy a 275% No Max Bonus and 50 Free Spins. A deposit of $50-$74 gets you a 250% No Max Bonus and 50 Free Spins on Plentiful Treasure. Redeem Code TREASURE.
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Ruffle some feathers, win some cash and crow your heart out in this fantastic edition from RTG. With a Fire Claw Multiplier, 25 free games, Wilds and Monkey Scatters, you\'ll be playing "˜til the cows come home!
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Sweet 16
Do you have a major sweet tooth? Help satisfy your craving for candy-covered dough with Sweet 16! Trust us - rewards have never been sweeter.
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VIDEO POKER

Poker has also remained one of the most popular casino games enjoyed by gambling enthusiasts for decades. It can also be one of the trickiest as it requires a lot of clever thinking and skill. Planet 7 offers multiple versions of video poker which can be practiced for free, or played for real money!

WHY PLAY VIDEO POKER ONLINE?

You’re not just restricted to 2 games of poker like a brick-and-mortar establishment! At Planet 7, we offer 16 versions of poker which can be played and won for real cash – all from the comfort of your home!

GUIDE TO VIDEO POKER

You can’t expect to become the ultimate Video Poker champion overnight if you don’t know fully know how the game works! But luckily, you can easily familiarize yourself with the history, terminology, and how to play video poker online using our useful guide.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME

There are multiple ways to improve your Video Poker strategy, especially when it comes to playing for real money. Our best advice is to bet max coins, regularly study the pay tables and of course – practice! Check out our guide for improving your Video Poker game, and for additional tips and tricks!

RECOMMENDED VIDEO POKER GAMES

Aces and Eights
Also known as the “Dead Man’s Hand” This game is one of the best and most popular versions of Video Poker with good odds and strong payouts
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Sevens Wild
Although this game derives from the dice-based casino favorite ‘Craps’. Seven’s Wild is basically a modified version of Deuces Wild, only 7s are considered the Wild card instead of Deuces.
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Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better is one of the easiest variations of the five-card draw Poker
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BLACKJACK VARIANTS

One of the greatest and most longest-standing casino games of all time! Nothing creates that fun factor quite like Blackjack, and that’s why you can expect to spend hours indulging in a full range of blackjack variants right here at Planet 7!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BLACKJACK

There is a whole list of different blackjack games out there today, but the primary ones you will find in a casino are usually European or American Blackjack. Other common versions include 21, Pontoon and Super 21.

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BLACKJACK

If you’re not familiar with how to play blackjack, but would like to know how – Planet 7 have several blackjack game guides available to assist you! Learn everything from history, strategy, odds, different variants and tons of helpful tips and tricks!

HOW TO CHEAT AT BLACKJACK

Blackjack is a hard one to cheat, but it can certainly be won with an effective strategy! Here’s our own blackjack cheat sheet with all the info you’ll ever need to give yourself the best possible chances at owning the tables!

RECOMMENDED BLACKJACK GAMES

Suit'em Up
This version of blackjack offers players greater chances to win.
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Blackjack
One of the most popular casino games of all time!
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Face Up 21
The specialty of Face Up 21 is that both you and the Dealer are dealt with two cards facing up
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SPECIALTY GAMES

In live casinos, you can usually expect to find one or two variants of your favorite casino games. At Planet 7 Online Casino, we know players have a much better chance at winning if they’re comfortable with all the game dynamics. That’s why we give players the preference to choose from multiple different versions of classic casino games such as Keno, Blackjack and Craps.

REAL MONEY SPECIALTY GAMES

Planet 7 Online Casino home a vast selection of specialty games which can be both practiced online and played for real money. Each one boasts a unique theme, with lucrative rewards, fantastic bonus features, and of course those highly-desired jackpots!

SKILL GAMES VS GAMES OF CHANCE

When it comes to games of chance like Keno and other lotto-based casino games, it can be tough deciding on what lucky numbers to go for! Planet 7 offer both gaming categories which require some strategic thinking, as well as those games where the fun is in the uncertainty behind them.

WHY PLAY SPECIALTY GAMES?

Just like all of the online casino games we host on the Planet 7 site, specialty games can be played anytime, anywhere for real money! Not to mention the endless hours of fun you’ll spend perfecting your skills and strategy!

RECOMMENDED SPECIALTY GAMES

Treasure Tree
Whoever said money doesn’t grow on trees obviously never had a Prism Casino account. With Treasure Tree, the cash bags are waiting to be grabbed
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Banana Jones
Join a funky goggle-sporting monkey in reaching the temple before the ultimate prize ends up in the paws of the evil Leopold the Leopard and his army of snakes.
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European Roulette
If you’re a keen online roulette player who wants to step up your game, and play online for real money
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TABLE GAMES

If you fancy a change from spinning the reals on slot machines – table games are a great alternative where you can keep playing for real cash! Planet 7 Online Casino host a selection of both classic table games and the latest releases too.

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REAL MONEY TABLE GAMES

All of Planet 7’s online casino games can be played for real money, and table games are no exception! Simply select your game of choice, deposit some funds to the cashier, and kick-start your craps, roulette and blackjack endeavors today!

TABLE GAMES WITH THE BEST ODDS

Table games such as baccarat are based on chance. It’s always worth choosing a table game with a low house edge in order to receive the best odds. Check out this article to help you determine the game that’s right for you.

WHY PLAY TABLE GAMES?

Not only are table games highly entertaining, they can also result in some of the biggest casino payouts due to their unpredictable nature. Online casino games such as blackjack and poker pay particularly well when played with an effective strategy!

RECOMMENDED TABLE GAMES

Baccarat
Baccarat is arguably the best choice for beginners because of its ease of play. You can choose to bet on the banker, player or a tie.
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Real money casino games winners’ stories

REAL MONEY CASINO GAMES WINNERS’ STORIES

You can win real money playing your favorite casino games at Planet 7. Are you a practiced poker player, or serious at slots? Maybe you love games that are easy to learn so you can jump right into the action. Read what our players have to say about how they won at slots, blackjack, baccarat, craps, video poker, and roulette.

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BONUSES EQUAL WINS!

I’m new to online slots, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll admit it, I was attracted to the idea of spinning and winning without having to learn any complicated rules. I started off slow with only $5 bets but I really got the fever! I almost ran out of money, but then I hit a free spin bonus. And I used it, and that was the big win! I can’t believe I won $225 the first time I played slots!

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A MAJOR STROKE OF LUCK

I enjoy playing blackjack because it involves as much skill as luck. My strategy is simple: don’t fall for the sucker bets! I never fall for the insurance bet no matter how much they offer it. I also don’t split on 5s or 10s. Last night I was playing my strategy, going for the safe bets, but I wasn’t winning much. Then suddenly, I decided to double my bet to $50. Then my luck turned. I got 2 natural blackjacks in a row! I was up $100 with only 2 hands!

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LUCKY 7

I was playing baccarat online and it wasn’t looking good. The banker kept winning every time for about 6 hands. I was down about $50, but my luck had to change. So I doubled down for $100 on bet #7, I drew 2 kings in a row. Zero points! The banker had 6 and it was my final draw: lucky 7! I won $100 in one go!

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A NATURAL

I finally did it! I never believed those super lucky craps rollers who keep landing 7s or 11s just when they need them. But I had just won some fast money playing poker, and I wasn’t ready to quit gambling. I bet half of my poker winnings ($75) on the pass line. I threw a 7 on my first roll! I wasn’t so lucky on my next roll, but after a while, I actually rolled 3 naturals (two 7s and one 11) in 5 rolls. I left the game with $150!

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DOUBLE THE FUN!

I love playing Jacks or Better because I don’t waste money betting on the garbage cards. It’s all or nothing baby! I bet $80 on a single queen on the draw, and I got a pair of queens! I always double down after a win and boy I’m glad I did! The dealer’s card was a 7 but not so lucky. I drew a 10 and doubled my bet to win $160!

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007

I read about this crazy roulette strategy called the James Bond Strategy. I hate math so I thought I’d let them do it for me and bet the same way each bet: $140 on 19-36, $50 on 13-18, and $10 on 0 for insurance. It worked! After 20 spins I was up $375! You can call me 007!

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REAL MONEY CASINO GAMES – TIPS AND TRICKS

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NO DEPOSIT BONUS CODES

When it comes to slots play there’s nothing better than being able to play for real money and win, on someone else’s dime. That’s where no deposit bonuses come in. Always take full advantage of no deposit slots bonuses.

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RANDOM VS PROGRESSIVE JACKPOTS

When it comes to how slots work, slots players have long debated whether it’s better to play fixed jackpot slots or progressive jackpot slots. The simple truth is, it’s up to your penchant for risk.

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BET MAX

With todays ultra-sophisticated 5 and 6-reel slot machines with multiple paylines, free spins, bonus rounds and endless added value features, it’s important to be able to cash in big when you land on the right symbols. Many of today’s slots will only pay out the big wins or unlock special features is you have bet max coins.



REAL MONEY CASINO GAMES TIPS AND TRICKS

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NO DEPOSIT BONUS CODES

When it comes to slots play there’s nothing better than being able to play for real money and win, on someone else’s dime. That’s where no deposit bonuses come in. As the ultimate and most coveted of casino bonuses, no deposit slots bonuses mean you get to play, and win, on your favourite slots, without having to risk a dime of your own money, while being able to reap all the real money rewards. Always take full advantage of no deposit slots bonuses.

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RANDOM VS PROGRESSIVE JACKPOTS

When it comes to how slots work, slots players have long debated whether it’s better to play fixed jackpot slots or progressive jackpot slots. The simple truth is, it’s up to your penchant for risk. Fixed jackpot slots tend to pay out more often but in smaller amounts. Progressive jackpot slots, by virtue of having to keep a percentage of each bet to put toward the progressive jack pot, tend to pay out less frequency but when they do, they pay out big.

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BET MAX

With todays ultra-sophisticated 5 and 6-reel slot machines with multiple paylines, free spins, bonus rounds and endless added value features, it’s important to be able to cash in big when you land on the right symbols. Many of today’s slots will only pay out the big wins or unlock special features is you have bet max coins. That doesn’t mean your bet has to be insanely large, just that you have bet on the max number of paylines, even if you’re just betting pennies, to reap the maximum rewards.

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KENO - PATTERN PLAY

Real money online Keno games use random number generators (RNGs) to fully randomize the outcome of each draw. However, many players like to use a special system of patterns to pick their numbers. Pattern play is just like it sounds: choose your numbers based on patterns on the Keno card. Use chosen patterns like Diamond Daze, which chooses a large block of numbers in a diamond shape, or Crazy Corners, which blocks out corner number clusters. You can also choose your own series of columns, rows, or pairs.

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BACCARAT - KEEP AN EYE ON COMMISSION FEES

As with some may things, not all baccarat tables are created equal. In fact, commissions on the banker bet can vary quite dramatically, depending on where you are playing baccarat. That’s why it’s always highly recommended to check the commission a table charges before you sit down to play. Most baccarat tables will charge a 5% commission on banker bets, but tables at certain casinos have been known to raise that commission to 20% or even more, making playing baccarat at the wrong table definitely a losing proposition.

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BLACKJACK - AVOID INSURANCE

Blackjack allows players to take insurance against a loss when the dealer draws a face up ace. To get insurance you need to put down half your initial bet. The problem is, while insurance might seem a good deal, once the dealer draws an ace, the odds of the dealer getting blackjack are 9:4, which means of 130 hands played, you’d win your insurance bet 40 times but lose it 90 times. Here it’s clear the statistics speak for themselves, insurance is a and bet.

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BLACKJACK - USE BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY

We can’t stress this enough, always, and we mean always, use basic blackjack strategy. Let’s face it, blackjack is a game of both skill and luck. When you effectively use basic blackjack strategy, knowing when to hit, stand, double down or split can make all the difference between a winning blackjack session and walking away a loser. The fact is, when you use basic blackjack strategy over time, you can significantly reduce the house edge and dramatically increase your chances of walking away from the blackjack table a winner.

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CRAPS - PLAY THE PASS LINE BET

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional it’s always recommended to stick to the Pass Line bet on the come out roll. The reason is quite simple, the Pass Line bet has a house edge of 1.41%, one of the lowest house edges on the casino floor. The Come bet, a wager that can be made after a point has been established, also has an exceptionally low house edge.

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VIDEO POKER - KEEP AN EYE ON THE PAY TABLES

It’s extremely important and in fact mission critical to keep an eye on the paytables when playing video poker. All video poker machines were not created equal. Payouts for the exact same hand in two different video poker machines can be as stark as night and day. That’s why, before you sit down to play, it’s always to study the paytables on different games, to make sure the game you choose is the one that pays out the best for that particular type of game.

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VIDEO POKER - PLAY MAX COINS

It is always advisable to play max coins when playing video poker. Why you ask? The reason is quite simple. If you study video poker paytables, as recommended in the tip above, you’ll quickly notice that the winning bets that pay out the best increase the amount of your winnings exponentially depending on how many coins you play. By playing max coins you ensure that in the event of that ever-elusive Royal Flush or any other big win, you’ll actually get the full pay out you deserve.

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ROULETTE - WATCH THE HOUSE EDGE

Different roulette games have different house edges. For example, American roulette, thanks to the additional double zero square, has a far higher house edge than European roulette. The house edge in American roulette is 5.26% as compared to European roulette, with one zero box, which comes in at 2.7%. Remember, the lower the house edge, the greater your chances of winning.

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Casino Bankroll Tips

Whether you play at an online casino like Planet 7 or in a place like Las Vegas, everyone knows there is an element of risk involved in gambling. While you might consider yourself a master when it comes to casino games, you’re going to encounter far greater risks if you don’t have a proper handle on your bankroll. Even if you’re playing a game like blackjack and using a proper blackjack strategy, without a firm grip on your spending, any success will be short-lived. After all, the primary goal is to win at casino gambling, and while it is impossible to win anything without risking some of your own hard-earned cash, wise spending can help you play for longer and thus give you a higher chance at winning more frequently.  The best part is that you don’t need any advanced knowledge or skills to manage your bankroll, just a bit of common sense and discipline is more than enough. So, let’s take a look at some effective bankroll management tips that will make you become a better gambler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGPClfyxGZg

Casino Bankroll Management Tips

If you were to enter a casino and place all your money on a single bet, and you have no problem with the idea of losing it then there is essentially no need to manage your bankroll, let alone read this article. But, you can’t deny the fact that the odds are still stacked against you in most cases, and without any flexibility in your budget, you’re not going to have any further opportunities to recoup your losses.   However, if you’re someone who wants to win and you haven’t been managing your bankroll properly up until this point, here are some simple steps you can take to improve your gambling strategy: Bankroll Management Tweet

Set A Gambling Budget

The number one rule in solid bankroll management is to set yourself a budget, then stick to it. It’s best to treat your gambling budget like any other life expense, meaning you should never spend more than you can realistically afford.  At the end of the day, you’re going to lose to the casino at some point regardless. This doesn’t mean you will lose consistently, or even in the long run, but losses are inevitable no matter how much you have to spend or how exceptionally skilled you are at a certain game. Therefore, it’s strongly advised to only play with betting amounts that can enable you to maintain and recover your bankroll over time. 

Choose An Appropriate Betting Range

It’s so common for newcomers to dive into their favorite games and place huge bets without any second thoughts about the outcome. Before you know it, they are back digging through their pockets for loose change or running up a credit card bill when they need to place yet another deposit.  Strategic gamblers realize that the maximum they are willing to spend on a bet must reflect the size of their bankroll, which is why they opt for smaller, more sensible wagers. A good rule of thumb is to never wager more than 1% of your bankroll total on a single wager or game. By doing this, you’re betting enough money to make a profit if you do win, and won’t be hit too hard if you lose. Bankroll Management Table

Set Loss and Win Limits

Aside from setting yourself a budget, it’s also wise to set limits for wins and losses. Tempting as it may be to continue playing when you’re on a winning streak, the fact is you’re still going to lose sooner or later. No amount of confidence or luck is going to change that. So in order to protect yourself and your bankroll, don’t be afraid to call it a day once you’ve reached your limit.  The same applies to losing streaks. This is far more important than setting a winning limit because you can easily end up chasing losses. Once you’ve lost a certain amount in bets or a percentage of your bankroll, stop there and don’t be tempted to top it up again. You’ll thank your future self for it the next day, especially when you wake up knowing there aren’t any new debts looming over your head. 

Keep A Record of Your Gambling Expenses

Sure, you might have a great memory, but it’s easy for some things to slip through the net when you’re gambling, especially if bankroll management isn’t common practice for you. By keeping track of your spending, however, you’ll have much better control over your bankroll and won’t feel too deflated if you have to spend a little extra or cut a session short.  Noting your deposit and withdrawal amounts will prevent you from losing track of what’s in your real bank account, and will also help you gauge what you can afford to spare if you want to place bigger wagers or try out different betting options in a casino game.

Set Yourself A Time Limit 

It probably sounds like we’re just asking you to put limits on everything, but we can’t emphasize enough why limiting your time spent gambling is incredibly important. Some players end up spending hours in the casino or glued to their computer screen immersed in a game, and for them, it seems like only 10 minutes have gone by.  Ultimately, placing bets on impulse is only ever going to put you in the red over time. And this is so easily done when you’re not keeping a watchful eye on the clock. Of course, in brick and mortar casinos, clocks are purposefully removed from the venue to keep players there for longer but when you’re playing online, it’s much easier to spot the time and call it quits.  Taking a break for just an hour or two is more than enough to leave you feeling fresh, clear-headed, and more focused when you do eventually return for more action. 

Play Slowly and Go Easy on the Drink

Gambling at a slow and steady pace can also help you become better at casino bankroll management. Generally speaking, the longer you take to finish a game, the longer your bankroll will last.  If you're someone who likes to pair a drink with casino gaming, sipping your cocktail in moderation is the best way to keep your senses intact and prevent your judgment from clouding over. Most casinos offer free beverages just so players become more inebriated and forget how much they’re spending ─ don’t fall into this trap!

Place Smaller Wagers

If you want to spend a few hours at the casino or playing online, this isn’t going to be an easy task if you are planning to place big wagers. One of the best ways to maintain your bankroll throughout the evening is to split it.  So rather than betting it all on a single hand, divide it across how many games or hands you want to play in order to make it last. This strategy is ideal for those who want to get the most out of their budget and extend their overall playing time. Real Money Online Blackjack

Pick and Choose the Right Casino Games

It wouldn’t make sense to blow your budget on a game that you don’t enjoy, so only opt to play the games that you like and make sure you’re placing sensible betting amounts. While there is no right or wrong to choosing casino games, it’s important to understand that some have a significantly higher house edge than other games.  Games like blackjack, craps, and baccarat have low house edges, while American roulette and many versions of poker can have terrible odds for the player. This is why it’s important to check the rules, odds, and payouts when choosing casino games so that you can better assess the risks and whether your bankroll lives up to what you’re trying to achieve.  

Start Playing (Responsibly!)

Any hopes of winning money at a casino can quickly diminish if you’re not taking care of your finances. Smart bankroll management doesn’t have to be complicated, and it gives you much more control and confidence as a player.  As soon as you start to neglect these practices, however, the odds are only going to stay in the casino’s favor. By setting budgets, limiting your bets and playing time, and dividing your bankroll across multiple bets, you automatically give yourself a much better chance at seeing returns and staying in the game for longer.  There are plenty of other ways you can minimize risks playing casino games, but managing your bankroll is an integral one. So next time you load up your favorite game or head out to the casino, use bankroll managment tips and see how your luck naturally improves!
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Should You Bet Max on Slots?

Online slots are the cornerstone of every casino, and the same goes for land-based slot machines. While many people still prefer to play the lottery, there are hundreds of slots out there that offer equally life-transforming jackpots. And most of the time, you have a much better chance at scoring a slot win than winning the Powerball.   Due to the fact that top payouts in slots are considerably high, this also means that they have some of the worst odds out of all casino games, bar keno. Placing hundreds of bets over the course of an hour can have a compounding effect on your bankroll if you’re not careful, but this is how casinos make money, and why they can afford to stick mouth-watering jackpots in slots as a result.   In this article, we’ll talk you through what it means to bet max coins in slots and how doing so can impact your gameplay.

Should You Bet Max Coins in Slot Games?

Playing slots isn’t rocket science. You place your bet, spin the reels, then cross your fingers and hope for the best outcome. The only thinking and decisions involved are choosing which game you want to play and how much you want to bet. You’ll often hear “slot pros” and so-called veterans claim that you should always bet the maximum number of coins in these games. And while that’s true if you want to play for the ultimate prize, it’s not always necessary if you just want to have some fun and play for smaller wins.  https://youtu.be/s3jIVLyWdVs

The Two Kinds of Maximum Bets in Slots

On a typical slot machine, you’ll only come across one “Max Bet” button, but some versions, particularly 5-reel slots, allow you to select and adjust the number of paylines you want to bet on. These games are usually displayed with “243 ways to win”. Many older slots (also known as “penny slots”) are configured to offer 20 to 50 paylines to bet on, which allows you to turn every one of them off apart from one. While the name implies you should only bet 1 cent to play, these types of games usually have a minimum bet of $0.10 per payline across 25 paylines.  The maximum bet in these games is $1 per payline. Casinos were a bit sneaky when these first came out because this $1 payline made players think they were only placing $1 across all paylines, when in fact, hitting the “Max Bet” button automatically took $25 worth of credits from their bankroll.  This is why it’s always advised to check the game rules and paytables in advance before you play slots!

The More Complex the Slot, the Worse the Odds

As most online slots have multiple paylines these days, you shouldn’t hold out to win the jackpot unless you’re betting on all of them. Each wager placed on each payline counts as a separate wager, therefore, playing all of the paylines simultaneously is more likely to make you a winner. The downside is that over time, most of these spins will lose on the other paylines to compensate the casino.

Preventing Too Many Losses

When you play slots, you’re inevitably going to lose most of the time. However, there are some ways you can save some money on a slot with multiple paylines. Using these two methods below will help you conserve your bankroll so you have more shots at winning some money: Bet on fewer paylines - It may seem cliche to bet on few paylines if you want a chance at scoring the jackpot, but you can still win money by doing this. Most video slot machines also offer additional prizes such as free games, bet multipliers, and other rewards that are well worth the bet.   Lower the size of your bet - Again, if you’re wanting to fight for the top reward in slot games, you’re only going to get there if you bet the maximum number of coins required. However, there is still a tonne of earning potential just from placing smaller bets in these types of games. 

Older Slots Offer Better Odds Based On Your Bet Amounts

The payout percentage in some older slot games actually increases according to your wager size. These types of slots work the opposite of traditional slot games, but to put it simply, you’re likely to win more frequently on these games because the payouts are smaller.  This is due to the game’s RTP (return to player) which dictates how much the player is likely to win over time. So instead of betting the standard 5 coins maximum bet, these games might only require you to bet 2-3 coins to be eligible to still play for the jackpot. Achilles Deluxe Slot Game Logo

A Basic Slot Game Doesn’t Change the Probabilities

It doesn’t matter if it’s a 3D online slot with fairies flapping all over the screen or one of the classic three-reel varieties; the probabilities don’t change if the slot game doesn’t require maximum coins. You could be betting the bare minimum or the maximum number of credits, and the outcome of the game won’t be affected in any way. All you do with either of these options is change the number of spins you’re guaranteed to play. To put this into perspective, let’s say you had $300 to spend and the minimum bet in a slot is $1. This would allow you to play the game a total of 300 times. If you placed the maximum bet of 5 coins on every spin, you would only be able to play the game 60 times maximum (this doesn't include winning spins). 

Progressive Slot Games Only Pay Out Jackpots on Max Bets

If you want to play progressive slots, you’ll need to bet the maximum number of coins on these games to be eligible to win and claim the jackpot. If you can afford to bet max, and you have the choice between a progressive and non-progressive slot, it’s in your interest to play progressive games because these types pay out the most.  People often have mixed views about progressive slots because the jackpot in these games is awarded at random. There are those who exclusively stick to progressive slots and who would prefer to win a huge reward beyond anything the game itself pays. Others are simply happy to take home a few thousand and boycott playing for the top prize altogether.

Does Betting Max Put You Ahead Of The Game Faster?

We’ll do a quick calculation to answer this one. Let’s assume you discover a slot game with a regular RTP that gives reasonably high payouts, perhaps it’s a “hot” slot. Why would you think to place max coins? If the top reward is 1000x your stake, you would either make $999 from a $1 bet or $4995 from a $5 bet. That’s pretty simple math, so why isn’t every slot player betting this way? If you had $20 left in your bankroll, you might then choose to “wrap it up”. But there’s not a big difference between walking away with $20 or ending your session on $200.  It all boils down to how many spins you want to guarantee yourself. Slots can easily make us kid ourselves, but the fact is that the odds of winning the jackpot on the next spin are exactly the same for every one you bet on, regardless of how much.

How Do You Win At Slots?

The best way to win at slots is to play with a slots strategy, but because these games are random, using one never guarantees you will win. It will, however, help you to choose the right slot games, manage your bankroll properly, and maximize your chances of winning! 
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How To Play Spanish 21: Game Rules, Tips, Strategies, And More!

Spanish 21 is one of the most popular versions of online blackjack. Like all other variations of the game, there are certain rules you need to follow with this version, and the best way to play effectively is to make sure you understand these rules and apply a blackjack strategy to your gameplay. In this quick and easy guide, we’ve broken down the key aspects of this exciting game and laid out a few handy tips to get you started. Hand Holding Poker Chips After Winning Spanish 21 Game

What is Spanish 21?

Spanish 21 is a special take on the classic game of blackjack. Brick and mortar casinos first introduced the game in 1995, and while many of the rules are inherently the same as the original version, this one has a few different twists that can make the gameplay much more interesting. Such rules can be found in other blackjack games like Pontoon and Blackjack Surrender, both of which offer some big advantages to the player.   Usually, Spanish 21 features the same table layout as the classic version of blackjack, which means between 6 and 8 decks of cards are used. Unlike other blackjack games, however, this one does not include 10 cards, which means 25% of the cards are missing. Jacks, Queens, and Kings remain in the deck, and like the original game, these cards have a value of 10. 

Spanish 21 Quick Facts

  • This version of the game is played with 6-8 card decks with 48 in each
  • All suited 10 cards are excluded from the game 
  • If the player has 21, their hand always supersedes the dealer’s 21;
  • The house edge falls in the range of 0.40%-0.76% in Spanish 21 and can be reduced by 1%, respectively. 

Rules: Blackjack vs Spanish 21

Blackjack Spanish 21
Number of Decks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 6 and 8
Dealer Soft 17 Rule Can hit or stand Can hit or stand
Blackjack Payoff 3-2 or 6-5 3-2
Player Blackjack Always pushes when dealer has a blackjack Always wins even if the dealer has a blackjack
Player 21 Always pushes when a dealer has 21 Always wins even if the dealer has 21
Doubling-Down Only after initial two cards Can double on any number of cards 
Double After Pair Splitting Usually allowed  Always allowed
Late Surrender Sometimes allowed  Always allowed. (You can also surrender after doubling, pair splitting, or hitting)
Resplitting Pairs Usually up to 3 or 4 hands, but not aces  Up to 4 hands, including aces
Insurance Pays 2 to 1 Pays 2 to 1*
*Because of the lower number of 10s, the insurance bet in Spanish 21 with a 2-1 payoff has a much higher house edge than it does for blackjack. It is considered to be one of the worst bets you can make on any game.

Spanish 21 Rules

As mentioned already, Spanish 21 discards all of the 10 cards from the deck. At first, it may seem like this puts the player at a huge disadvantage, but the other changes in rules make up for this. Before we dive into explaining how to play Spanish 21, here are some quick pointers to help you remember the rules and what to be aware of while you play.  Quick rules for Spanish 21:
  • Player’s 21 always beats the dealer’s 21
  • The dealer must either hit or stand on soft 17
  • Redoubling is possible up to 3 times at most casinos
  • Opting for surrender on the first two cards is permitted
  • All 10s are removed from every deck being played (6-8 decks is standard)
  • The dealer must hit on 16 and stand on 17
  • Even against a dealer’s blackjack, player’s 21 always wins
  • Doubling down after a split is permitted
  • After splitting Aces, players can draw several cards from the shoe
  • Bonus payouts are offered for hands like 6-7-8, and for a 5-card trick that totals 21, e.g. 2-3-4-5-7

Rules for Hitting, Standing, and Splitting

In this version of the game, all rules for splitting, hitting, and standing are exactly the same as in the original game of online blackjack. This means that you are only allowed to stand, hit, or split once you've placed your wager, and only when the dealer has dealt your initial hand. A Spanish 21 strategy chart is a great way to assess the impact these rules can have on the game before making your move ─ but more on that later!.

Using the Late Surrender Rule

To go for a late surrender in blackjack means you are essentially forfeiting your hand to keep half of your stake. For the player, this can be extremely advantageous, and if you calculate the probability of beating the dealer’s hole card, you can minimize losses significantly with this move.

Using the Re-Splitting Rule

Being able to split and re-split Aces is another advantage of playing Spanish 21. You can also double down, and re-double on a pair in this version of the game. When doubling and splitting, you can also use the late surrender rule if you don’t want to risk losing half of your bet. If you know you’ve got a lousy hand to begin with, knowing you’ve got all of these rescue options at your disposal is a huge benefit.

Rules For Matching the Dealer’s Side Bet

In addition to the variations of rules above, there are normally some extra bonus games and side bets you can place in Spanish 21. One of the most popular side bet in this version of the game as well as classic blackjack and other variations are “Match the Dealer.” In order to win this bet, the player’s first two cards must match the dealer’s face card. While it can be a lot of fun, this bet can be risky, and should therefore be avoided if you want to keep losses to a minimum. 

Online Spanish 21: The Super Bonus Rule

Unlike other variations of blackjack, Spanish 21 is one of the few online variants that offer a Super Bonus. Even though the odds of actually hitting a Super Bonus payout is about 1 in 668,382 in a game with six decks and 1 in 549,188 in an 8-deck game, the thought of winning such a payout is enthralling in itself.  https://youtu.be/sR0xeJUl0uU

Spanish 21 Strategy

If Blackjack is your usual weapon of choice in casinos, you’ll be pleased to know that Spanish 21 is one of the most profitable versions of the game out there. Like any gambling game, however, the best way to maximize your chances of success is to ensure you’re sticking to some kind of strategy.  There are 3 basic blackjack strategies that are always worth sticking to when playing this game. Bankroll Management - Make sure you have enough funds to accommodate a few games and any side bets you might want to participate in. Without taking the time to calculate your bets and moves, you have a higher chance of losing streaks and less room for mistakes.  Regular Practice - If you’ve never played this version of blackjack in the past, the best way to get familiar with the changes in the rules and how it works is to play it for free first. This means you can learn the game without risk, and can therefore save your cash for when you’re confident and ready to play for the real deal.  Blackjack Cheat Sheet - The third and most effective strategy is a blackjack strategy chart. These are fantastic for calculating your payouts and potential moves, and one of the biggest benefits of playing online is that there is always a blackjack chart available for any version of the game you want to play.

Where Do You Find A Spanish 21 Strategy Chart?

These so-called “cheat sheets” can be found and downloaded directly from the web, and if you take the time to study the different moves and outcomes on the chart ─ then apply this knowledge to Spanish 21 or any other variant ─ you will likely notice some improvement in your gameplay. This is because you are naturally reducing the house advantage by knowing how your moves impact the game. And when the dealer has to stick to certain rules based on your hand, you can highly influence what happens next. 

Spanish 21 Playing Tips

As Spanish 21 doesn’t use 10s, there is a much lower risk of busting your hand in this game. This is why drawing extra cards is going to be worth your while in most cases. You can also use surrender but bear in mind that overusing this option may lose you more money in the long run. Below are our top tips for playing Spanish 21 and how you can make the most out of your bets:  Get to know the different moves with a strategy chart - As the rules in Spanish 21 are different from classic blackjack, it’s worth taking some time to research the moves and possible outcomes that can occur. A strategy chart is the best way to get you familiar with the rules of the game and can drastically improve your winning chances.  Don't draw extra cards if bonus payouts are offered - It may seem a bit counterintuitive to do this when there is a bonus payout up for grabs, but if you’re quite new to the game and haven’t had much experience with these features ─ as well as side bets ─ we highly recommend avoiding them. While it may be tempting to put down a big wager, it's these kinds of bets that can ruin your bankroll in minutes.    Be cautious of using the surrender too much - New players have often been known to overuse surrender in blackjack. While this is fine if you’ve got a big bankroll to play with, the losses can rack up quickly if you’re abusing this option. There are ideal times to call surrender, but this doesn’t mean you’re going to finish in the green if you plan to stick around for a few games. It’s much wiser to use this option sparingly and play your hand as best you can.     Extra cards don’t always bust your hand - As 10-value cards are under-represented in this version of blackjack, there is a much lower risk of your hand going bust. This is why it’s typically more profitable to draw more cards in this game. Ignore the Dealer side bet - Match the Dealer is a common side bet in Spanish 21, and it can result in a large payout with odds ranging between 4:1 to 18:1 depending on which card’s match the dealer’s face-up card. The not-so-great news about this bet is that the house edge sits between 3.99% and 3.06% in an 80-deck game, which can pose a high risk to your bankroll. Therefore, it’s advised to skip these bets if you are offered and stick to the safer bets in the game.

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When Should You Surrender in Blackjack?

Some of life’s greatest philosophers swear by the act of surrendering. Even the great Buddha himself discovered that one of the keys to enlightenment and divine living is to let go of resistance and make way for what simply is. But we’re not all born into this world as a deity, and nor do we need to push our minds and bodies to extremes as he did in order to live a peaceful and fulfilling life.  If you’re an individual who is partial to a few games of blackjack, however, surrendering is a move you can opt for if you want to improve your gameplay and minimize losses. In this quick and easy guide, we’ve covered all the need-to-know details about surrendering in blackjack, along with several useful tips to make it work for you in your upcoming games.

What Does Surrender Mean In Blackjack?

To surrender in blackjack means to forfeit the initial hand you’re dealt if you know you have a weak hand that’s unlikely to win. In doing so, you will get to hold onto half of your stake instead of losing your entire bet. In a land-based casino, you’re expected to make it known to the dealer and the table that you plan to surrender, whereas, in online blackjack, there is a button you have to press on the game screen.  Many players like to surrender when available to them, but not all blackjack games offer this option. The variants that do have the rules for surrendering are listed in the paytable information, which you can check before you play.  If you want to know how to play blackjack using the surrender rule, there are two ways you can go with this option: early surrender and late surrender. We’ve listed how both of these strategies work below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg1G0EtWw9s

Strategy for Early Surrender

  • The early surrender rule is rarely offered at online casinos and land-based venues because it’s the one that gives the player the biggest advantage. Unlike late surrender, where the dealer is able to check for blackjack in advance, early surrender allows you to opt for surrender before the dealer looks at his hand. When early surrender is used against a ten or Ace card, the RTP (return to player) percentage increases between 0.24% and 0.39%, respectively. In most blackjack games, the house edge already sits at a favorable 1%, so these new odds make surrendering even more worthwhile. Even if you did manage to use the early surrender option in blackjack, the sad truth is that a lot of casinos implement other rules that cancel out these odds and put the house edge back in the casino’s favor.  If the variant you want to play does permit an early surrender, the most strategic approach would be to surrender only when the dealer has an Ace card. You should also surrender early if you have one of the following hands:
    • Hard 5-7
    • Hard 12-17
    • A pair of 3s, 6s, 7s or 8s. 
    In addition, you can opt to surrender on a pair of 2s if the dealer hits on a soft 17.  The below hands are what you should use against a dealer’s 10: 
    • Hard 14-16
    • Pair of 7s
    • Pair of 8s (unless part of a single deck and the blackjack variant allows for a double after a split).
    Depending on the version you’re playing, there are some exceptions to using these strategies in blackjack. For example, if playing blackjack with a single deck and you have either 10+4 or 5+9, you shouldn’t surrender to the dealer’s 10. The same applies to a blackjack game that uses two decks. Blackjack Surrender Cheat Sheet Chart

Strategy for Late Surrender

The most commonly used blackjack rule in both land-based and online casinos is the late surrender. Like early surrender, you win back half your bet with this move, but it’s only possible to surrender after the dealer has checked his hand for blackjack.  Based on the rules and how many decks are being used in the variant you’re playing, late surrender often works out better than early surrender unless your initial hand is 17. If you are dealt 17, you should surrender only if the dealer’s up-card is an Ace and he/she hits on soft 17. If you have 7+10 on single-deck blackjack, again, it’s not advised to go for late surrender in this scenario.   Now we’ll outline when you should surrender if you are dealt the following hand total in a single-deck game of blackjack:  If your hand is 14:
  • Surrender against a dealer’s 10
  • If the dealer hits on soft 17, surrender to the dealer’s Ace with 7+7
If your hand is 15:
  • Surrender if the dealer shows an Ace and hits on soft 17 while you have either 9+6 or 10+5 (good for single-deck and double-deck games)
  • Against a dealer’s 10 if you have 9+6 or 10+5 (games with up to 6 decks of cards)
  • Surrender to the dealer’s 10 or Ace card if they hit on soft 17 (good for 4-6 deck games)
If your hand is 16:
  • Surrender to the dealer’s 10 or Ace card (good for single and double-deck blackjack)
  • Against the dealer’s 9, 10 or Ace (4 or more decks)
  • If your initial hand is 8+8 when the dealer hits on soft 17
  • If a double after split is permitted, surrender to the dealer’s Ace

Blackjack Surrender In Summary

When you’re trying to implement any optimal blackjack strategy, remember that the aim of doing so is to beat the dealer’s hand. Surrendering may not win you the game or get you to 21, but it will mean you’re likely to retain more of your bankroll and play for longer. This is why the rules for hitting and standing on soft 17 are highly important, along with what the dealer is showing before you opt for surrender.  No other casino games offer such a high player advantage as this one, so it’s worth using this option if you have the opportunity to do so. After all, nobody likes to lose or walk away from a table empty-handed, and by using the surrender option, you know you’re guaranteed to keep half your bet even when you’ve got no chance at beating the dealer.
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The Best Blackjack Side Bets

Blackjack can be immensely exciting and lucrative on its own, but outside the goal of beating the dealer and winning a hand, there’s even more fun to be had and money to be earned with this classic casino game. Side bets, aka “prop bets”, are one way to ramp up your winning opportunities in blackjack, and while they aren’t available for every variation, you’ll find that you can rake in a decent amount of extra dough on a game if they are. 

If you’ve never explored this area of blackjack betting before, we’re here to talk you through exactly what these bets entail and what you can expect in terms of the house edge, probability of winning, and the implications to your bankroll. We’ll also share some insider advice to help you get used to the idea of placing side bets and how you can work them to your advantage. 

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What Are Blackjack Side Bets?

Blackjack side bets fall into the same category as prop bets in sports betting. A bookmaker typically lays out odds for unconventional scenarios that are completely unrelated to the game itself. This could be things like how long the crowd will chant the national anthem for, what accent the commentator will have, how long it takes before someone streaks across the pitch, etc. 

While you can’t bet on the dealer’s choice of attire or how long it will take for him or her to strip off in a game of blackjack, the concept is exactly the same in the sense that these bets have nothing to do with the logistics of the actual game. What you might bet on are things like your first two cards adding up to a specific value or being of a certain suit. You might also bet that the dealer will go bust if you suspect they have a weak hand or that their hole card will be a particular number or suit, for example.

Why Do People Place Side Bets?

The game of blackjack has such good odds for the player already, so why do people bother with these propositions in the first place? Many players view them as opportunities to deviate from the monotony of trying to reach 21 and win some extra money at the same time, but others do it because they genuinely believe that it can bolster their success and chances of winning in the main game. 

This last part is a matter of personal belief and opinion, but what we can say for certain is that side bets, if done right, can be highly rewarding and good for your bankroll. This is because most side bets come with an exceptionally high house edge, so if a player manages to pull them off, the payout can be huge.

3 Types of Blackjack Side Bets

 

How to Place Blackjack Side Bets

Before you can place a blackjack side bet, you first need to make sure the casino offers these types of wagers. This should be pretty obvious if you’re playing at a land-based casino table, and you should be able to just place your chips on the proposition you want to opt for. If you’re playing at an online blackjack casino, available side bets are usually listed somewhere to the left of the game screen. Be sure to check the requirements and conditions for placing a particular wager before you select it. 

The Best Blackjack Side Bets

Now we’ll discuss the best and most common blackjack side bets you’re likely to find at casinos both online and offline. These wagers offer the most advantages to the player, and all feature a low house edge with reasonably high payouts.

21+3

The 21+3 side bet is one you’re most likely to come across at brick-and-mortar establishments, but it is known to exist in online games as well. To put it simply, you’ll win this bet if both the dealer’s face-up card and your initial two cards make up one of the following poker hands: straight, flush, or three-of-a-kind. Subject to a 9 to 1 payout, you’ll benefit from a 3.24% house edge with this bet, making it one of the most favorable side bets you can opt for in blackjack.

Royal Match

This is a classic bet that’s commonplace at online casinos and can be found in most variations of blackjack. Like the 21+3, Royal Match has a respectable house edge of only 3.7%. The goal with this bet is to form a hand of two cards of the same suit. Depending on how many decks are being used, the highest payout is 25 to 1 for a suited King and Queen and 5:2 for any other suited combination. 

Over/Under 13

Another bet with a commendable house edge is the Over/Under 13. For the Over bet, you’re up against a 6.5% house edge and 13% if you wager on the Under. If a player opts for the Over bet, they are essentially predicting that the first two cards dealt will exceed the value of 13; whereas, for the latter, the player is betting that the value will be less than this figure. Both can result in a nice payout if you win but bear in mind that if your first two cards equate to 13 exactly, you lose either way. While the risk is marginal here, a solid card counting strategy can help to further reduce the house edge for this wager in a live casino. 

The Most Popular Blackjack Side Bets

The above side bets are considered the best because they offer low house edges with high payouts. The most popular wagers, however, are ones you’ve likely heard of or come across already. Even though the house edge and payoffs are still decent enough for these bets, winning on them isn’t so easily attainable. Let’s take a quick look at what these are: 

Insurance

If you’ve played blackjack in the past, there’s no doubt you would have heard the term “insurance”. With this wager, you are essentially banking on the dealer having blackjack. Although the house edge isn’t particularly high, you can look forward to a 2:1 payout if your prediction is correct. Note that it’s only possible to take insurance if the dealer’s face-up card is a ten, face card (J, Q, K), or an Ace. 

Super Sevens

You can probably guess what this wager involves! The idea is to obtain as many sevens in your hand as possible, but you only need 1 seven to win. In this case, you can expect a payout of 3 to 1, and the bet covers up to 3 sevens. If you manage to get more than one seven and they are of the same suit, you can win a whopping 5,000 times your bet. Even though achieving such a hand is no easy task, most casinos typically limit the Super Sevens bet to $1 per play due to the sky-high earning potential. 

Lucky Ladies

Finally, we have the highest-paying side bet, Lucky Ladies. As this bet is pretty straightforward and pays well, it’s the one that appeals the most to players. For it to win, your first two cards need to total up to 20 exactly. The highest possible payout for this bet is 1,000 to 1, but this would only be achievable if you had two suited Queens of hearts and the dealer has blackjack. Other face card combinations can pay out handsomely too, but the most you can expect to earn for anything else is around 4 to 1.

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Blackjack Side Bets: Conclusion

Side bets can put an exciting spin on any blackjack game, but their importance shouldn’t be overstated because they don’t have much significance when it comes to a normal game. They exist to serve as more of an advertisement than a way to earn more money, and nine times out of ten, the casino will be the one to profit.

If you would like to explore this area of betting, however, make sure you check the rules for each wager and start small with your amounts. That way, you can get a feel for the dynamics of placing these bets without posing too many risks to your bankroll. 

For more on side bets and blackjack strategies, be sure to check out Planet 7’s blog, where you’ll find tons of real money blackjack tips and advice for getting started.  

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