Power Blackjack takes regular Blackjack and adds a powerful, extremely player friendly element to this classic game. Played with six decks, Power Blackjack follows the same rules as traditional blackjack baring a few exceptions, the major one been the dealer achieving 22 returns your stake, but as this is such a generous game, you will see why this negative element was added.
Allowing for only one seat to be played at a time, once you have selected your chosen stake and pressed deal, you will be dealt two cards, both face up. The dealer will be dealt one card, face up.
Power Blackjack plays out the same as regular blackjack, with the goal of achieving as close to 21 as possible without going over. The power aspect of the game comes into force when you choose to split or double down on a hand:
Split: Two of the same value cards in your hand allow for the option to split. Basic blackjack strategy applies here, so it is not worth splitting two 10’s as you will be ruining a good hand. If you split two Ace’s then only one additional card for each hand will be dealt, the rest of the time you may take further cards. Splitting your hand requires the doubling of your stake as you will now be playing two hands. Both may win, both may lose, or one may win and the other lose. The returns on your bet will be the same as playing a single hand.
Power Split: Power Split allows for the splitting of none matched cards that add up to 15 or 16 on the first two cards, i.e. a 7 and a 9. You may double down on Power Split hands, but you cannot re-split.
Double: Double allows you to double your stake and be dealt just one additional card. Unlike many other Blackjack games, this double down feature allows you to double on any combination of the first two cards, but ideally you should only double with your total equals 9, 10 or 11.
Power Double: Powering up the double down feature, Power Double comes in to play if your first two cards add up to 9, 10 or 11.
Like regular double, you will be dealt one additional card however, you can swap this card for the next card in the deck. For example, if you double down on an 11 and are drawn a 3 you have the option of swapping the 3 for the next drawn card. This is an extremely player friendly bonus and is the main draw for playing this game.
Power Blackjack also pays for Blackjack hands and offers insurance against the dealers Ace card.