Perfect Pairs Blackjack
Microgaming’s Perfect Pairs Blackjack game is only available to play as a Multi-Hand game, however that will mean you can play from one to five hands per game and as such you can play it as a Single-Hand game if you so wish.
The game is a two deck game and is played to the same game playing rules as Microgaming’s European Blackjack game, however Players can, if they so wish, place a special optional side bet wager which will see them being awarded a set of payouts should their initial two cards be any Pair. If you’re looking for a perfect pairs blackjack strategy card, there’s one at the bottom of the page.
Dealer Rules for Perfect Pairs Blackjack
Perfect pairs Blackjack is not played with a Hole Card and this simply means that just one facing upwards card is dealt to the Dealer, with the final cards for his hand being dealt after you have made all of your playing moves on your hand or hands.
Should the Dealer’s hand be valued at 17 (Hard or Soft) then he is going to Stand those hands. You will be offered Insurance should the Dealers initial card be an Ace.
Should your initial two card hand be a Hard 9, 10 or 11 then you will be given the option of a Double Down this will cost you an additional wager the same amount as your initial wager for which one additional card is dealt to your hand.
You will only ever be able to Split a hand once, but only Pairs can be Split and not unalike 10 valued hands. If you have Split a Pair of Aces then you can have as many cards dealt to them as you like as long as your hand doesn’t go over a total of 21. Should you Split a hand then if it results in it being any Ace and 10 valued card hard then this is a 21 hand and not a Blackjack hand.
Perfect Pairs Blackjack Payouts
There are three additional payouts which can be awarded to you when playing Microgaming’s Perfect Pairs Blackjack game, and these are active when you have placed the side bet wager. The standard payouts are 3 to 2 for a winning Player Blackjack hand, and even money on all other winning Player hands.
A winning Insurance bet pays out at the standard odds of 2 to 1. The bonus bet payouts are based on your initial two cards only and pay 30 to 1 of your staked side bet wagered amount if a Perfect Pair are dealt out, 15 to 1 if your initial two cards are a Pair sharing the same colour and a 7 to 1 payout on your side bet wagered amount is paid for any Mixed Pair.
Tips for Playing Perfect Pairs Blackjack
As the game playing rules for Perfect Pairs Blackjack stipulate that you can only Double Down on any Hard 9, 10 or 11 then you may be wondering when the best time is to do just that.
Obviously you should not Double Down every time you get dealt a Hard 9, 10 or 11 and as such allow us to now tell you when are the only times you should do that when faced with a certain Dealers up facing card.
If you have been dealt a Pair of 5’s then always Double Down unless the Dealer is showing a 10 or an Ace if he is then Hit your hand. The same rules apply when the Dealer is showing a 10 or an Ace and you have been dealt a Hard 10 or a Hard 11.
If you have a Hard 9 then only Double Down instead of Hitting your hand when the Dealer is showing any 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 valued facing upwards card, never Double Down at any other time as by doing so this will increase the house edge of the game and will be the incorrect strategic playing move to make.