Perfect Pairs

Perfect Pairs is perhaps the most common blackjack variant with an independent side bet. It is offered in the online casinos powered by software providers like Cryptologic, Vegas Technology and Realtime Gaming. The essence of the game is the same in all these online casinos, though the exact rules may vary. The rules described below pertain to Cryptologic online casinos. Cryptologic Perfect Pairs is a multiplayer game and five hands can be played simultaneously.

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Perfect Pairs Rules

Perfect Pairs is played with five decks. The bet for the blackjack game is placed in the larger circle and the bet for the bonus game is placed in the circle marked Perfect Pairs. The bonus game bet is optional. When the player clicks the Deal button cards are dealt in the following sequence. The player gets one card face up, the dealer gets one card face up, the player gets his second card face up and the dealer gets his second card face down.

The Perfect Pairs bet is decided immediately on the basis of the player’s dealt cards. If both cards are of the same denomination and suit the player is paid out at 25 to 1. If both cards are of the same denomination and the same color the player is paid out at 15 to 1. If both cards are of the same denomination only the player is paid out at 5 to 1. If both cards are of different denominations then the Perfect Pairs bet loses.

The blackjack hand is then played out in the usual manner. If the dealer’s face up card is an ace the player can buy insurance against the dealer having a blackjack. In the event the dealer has a blackjack this bet is paid out at 2 to 1. The insurance bet has a negative house edge and should be avoided.

Perfect Pairs is a hole card game. Therefore if the dealer’s face up card is an ace or a 10 value card he checks for blackjack. If the dealer has a blackjack the player loses his wager without making any further moves.

The player can hit and stand whenever he wants. The rules for doubling down in blackjack and blackjack splitting are as follows. The player can double on any two cards. The player can split once only and therefore play at most two hands. Re-splitting is not allowed. The player can split aces but will be dealt only one additional card on each ace. The player is allowed to surrender after the dealer checks for blackjack but will get back only half his wager. The dealer’s moves are automatically made. The dealer hits on all 16 and stands on or 17, including soft 17.

The blackjack game has the usual payouts. If a player wins with the blackjack he gets paid at 3 to 2. For any other win the player gets paid at 1 to 1. In the case of ties the player has his original wager returned. In the case of the dealer winning the player loses his wager.

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