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For the deal Playtech have adopted the solution employed by Evolution on Infinite Blackjack ie. physical cards out of the shoe that disappear (dealer fed) into the table and re-appear as virtual cards.
The side bets are pretty similar also;
Buster, Top 3, LuckyLucky, Perfect Player/Dealer Pairs & 21+3
The game is played observing US/Vegas rules (2 cards dealt for dealer, as opposed to 2nd card at end of game round)
Before you place a bet on any or all of the 6 side bets you have to place a bet on the main player hand.....even though it's perfectly possible to win on the side bets and lose the main hand.
those side bets in more detail;
The 3 side bets to the right of the main bet position comprising of
Dealer/Player Perfect Pairs &
are the same as those already established at Playtech/Evolution - with the same winning hands combinations and payouts.
Buster (Blackjack) side bet pays when the dealer busts.
The more cards it takes in busting, the bigger your payout.
Significantly if you have a BJ, the side bet pays more, but only for 7+cards.
(Hence you'll observe the dealer taking extra cards, when in a regular game of blackjack the game would automatically finish with a winning player BJ hand to determine the exact payout).
8+ cards pays 250:1,
7 cards - 50:1,
6 cards - 18:1,
5 cards - 4:1,
4 or 3 cards - 2:1
WITH player BJ
8+ cards pays 2000:1
7 cards - 800:1
Lucky Lucky is another side bet that pays on combinations of the player first 2 cards and dealer first card.
....but this time,
Suited 7's (eg. 7♣, 7♣, 7♣) pays 200:1
Suited 678 (eg. 6♣, 7♣, 8♣) - 100:1
777 (different suits) - 50:1
678 (different suits) - 25:1
Suited 21 (any card combinations of same suit total 21) - 15:1
21 (any card combination of different suit, totalling 21) - 3:1
Any 20 or 19 (any card combination totalling 20 or 19) - 2:1
There's also a button underneath the side bets labelled All Side Bets.....no prizes for guessing what that does when you place a chip on it!
The quoted theoretical return to player (RTP) rates are:
99.46% on the main game
Dealer Pair and Player Pair side bet - 95.90%
21+3 side bet - 96.30%
Buster - 93.865%
Top 3 - 91%
Lucky Lucky - 96.10%
Awesome summary, thanks Fester.
And the key takeaway look at the RTPs (as always), play the main game and avoid the side bets!
Is their physical-to-virtual card transition as smooth at Evolution's?
'coz good old fashioned real random beats simulated random any day