BlackJack Perfect Pairs
Perfect Pairs is the most popular Blackjack side bet game in the world and is played in thousands of casinos across the world.
The game is comprised of a standard hand of Blackjack against the Dealer and a Perfect Pairs Side bet.
The Perfect Pairs side bet is an optional bet.
The Perfect Pairs bet wins if the first two cards dealt to your hand are a pair of the same face value.
This game is played with six decks of 52 cards and up to three hands can be played at the same time against the dealer.
It’s really easy to play – please choose a topic from the menu below for detailed information on how to play the game as well as the game rules and pay table:
How to Play:
Step 1 – Placing a Bet
Step 2 – Playing the Perfect Pairs side bet
Step 3 – Playing Blackjack
Step 4 – Game result
>> Left Menu Button
>> Right Menu Button
Pay Tables and Rules:
- Perfect Pairs Pay table:
- Blackjack pay table
- Blackjack card values
- Game Rules
- Return to Player %
- Card details
- Malfunction rules
How to Play:
Step 1 – Placing a Bet.
A) Selecting your chip: Firstly you need to select your chip value from the chip selector at the bottom of the screen. To do this press/click the desired chip value and once selected it will be highlighted with a white outline.
B) Placing the Blackjack Bet: Now press/click on the desired main blackjack bet position to place your bet. These are the larger bet circles highlighted white.
NB: This is your blackjack bet – not your Perfect Pairs bet.
On tablet and desktop computers you can play up to three hands at once by placing your bet on any one, two or all three of these bet positions. However, when playing on a mobile phone you play one hand at a time only.
Your total bet can be made up of multiple chip values by selecting different chip values in the chip selector and then pressing/clicking again on the bet position.
C) Placing the Perfect Pairs Bet: Once you have placed a bet on the main bet circle (the blackjack bet) you can then place a Perfect Pairs side bet. This side bet will glow white after you have placed your blackjack bet.
Your bet on the Perfect Pairs side bet is placed in the same way as on your blackjack main bet. i.e. press/click your desired chip value from the chip selector and then press/click on the side bet position to place your bet.
NB: You can only place your Perfect Pairs side bet after you have placed your Blackjack bet. You cannot place the Perfect Pairs side bet unless you have already placed a Blackjack bet.
D) Confirming your Bet: Now that you have placed your bets you confirm your bet by pressing the DEAL button. Please make sure that you check the total bet value first. This will be displayed in the top account bar; ‘Stake’ field and on the green DEAL button.
UNDO – please note that at any stage when placing your bets you can press the blue UNDO button which will remove the last bet you placed. This can be pressed/clicked multiple times to remove all of your bets if necessary. However, once you have pressed/clicked ‘DEAL’ to confirm your bet this cannot be undone.
How to play:
The Perfect Pairs side bet wins if the first two cards dealt to your hand are a pair of the same face value.
Step 2 – Playing the Perfect Pairs side bet.
Once you have confirmed your bet by pressing DEAL the cards will be dealt. Immediately after the cards are dealt your side bets will be settled from your left to your right hand position. i.e. your bet furthest to your left is settled first.
NB: your Perfect Pairs side bet is settled before you play your Blackjack bet against the dealer and has no bearing on the outcome of your blackjack game result.
The side bet pay table is displayed on the table around the main centre circle. It can also be accessed through the LEFT hand menu. The Perfect Pairs side bet is based on the first two cards that you are dealt on each specific hand you are playing. If you have placed a side bet on a hand where you have received two cards that are a pair of the same face value (a pair) then you will win a multiple of that side bet value placed on that hand.
Example: If you placed a £5 side bet and the first two cards dealt to you on that hand are a pair of the same face value AND of the same suit, such as 2 x 9’s of hearts (2 x 9 of hearts = a Perfect Pair) then you will receive £125. This is your £5 stake multiplied by 25 (the return for a perfect pair – see pay table for details of all pays). However, you will actually be paid back into your account a total of £130 because in addition to the £125 won you will also receive your £5 stake back.
Pay Table explanation:
Perfect Pair = 25-1
A perfect pair is won whenever the first two cards that you are dealt are both identical cards - a pair of the same face value AND of the same suit. This wins 25 times your Perfect Pairs side bet stake.
Example if you stake £5 on your Perfect Pair side bet and your first two cards dealt are both Ace's of Diamonds then you will win £125 and in addition you will have your initial £5 stake returned . The total paid back into your account will be £130.
Coloured Pair = 12-1
A coloured pair is won whenever your first two cards dealt are a pair of the same face value AND of the same colour suit. This wins 12 times your Perfect Pairs side bet stake.
Example if you stake £5 on your Perfect Pair side bet and your first two cards dealt are a 7 of hearts and a 7 of diamonds then you will win £60 and in addition you will receive your initial £5 stake back. The total paid back into your account will be £65
Mixed Pair = 6-1
A mixed pair is won whenever your first two cards dealt are a pair of the same face value AND suits of different colours. This wins 6 times your Perfect Pairs side bet stake.
Example if you stake £5 on your Perfect Pair side bet and your first two cards dealt are a Jack of Spades and a Jack of diamonds then you will win £30 and, in addition you will receive your initial £5 stake back. The total paid back into your account will be £35.
SPEED PAY – whilst the side bets are being settled you have the option to SPEED PAY the settlement process by pressing the blue SPEED PAY button. This will immediately pay you any winnings and take you straight to the main blackjack part of the game.
How to play:
Step 3 – Playing Blackjack
Now that the side bet has been settled you are now asked to play your first hand of Blackjack (starting with your hand that is furthest to your right).
The object of Blackjack is to beat the dealer with a hand value total that is higher than that of the dealers but without going over 21.
The value of the two cards you have been dealt is displayed in the black teardrop symbol positioned at the top left of your cards. Note, that when you have an Ace then two amounts are displayed illustrating that Ace can be either 11 or 1.
As soon as it is time to play your blackjack hand the following actions will take place:
BLACKJACK - If your first two cards dealt total 21, this is called Blackjack and you will win 3-2 on your blackjack bet with this hand unless the dealer also has blackjack. If the dealer DOES NOT have blackjack then your blackjack bet will be settled automatically and no further action will be required on this hand.
However, if the dealer DOES also has blackjack (A total of 21 with their first two cards dealt) then your bet will PUSH (see PUSH). This means that the hands tie and your original bet is returned to you.
NB: If you have blackjack and the dealers face up card is an Ace you will be asked if you want to take the INSURANCE bet. The insurance bet will play out as normal. However, the pay for winning the insurance bet in this scenario will be 1-1 instead of 2-1. - see INSURANCE help below.
INSURANCE – if the dealers face up card is an Ace you will be offered the option to make an insurance bet. You may choose any of the following options:
? No: the insurance bet will be dismissed for the active hand (highlighted blue) and it will then ask you the same question for your next hand/s.
?? No to all: the insurance bet will be dismissed for all of your hands and then the dealer will check for Blackjack.
? Yes: An insurance bet of a fixed amount equal to 50% (half) of your original blackjack bet will be placed on the active hand (highlighted blue).
?? Yes to all: An insurance bet of a fixed amount equal to 50% (half) of your original blackjack bet will be placed on all of your blackjack hands.
An Insurance bet is a completely separate bet and is not dependent on the outcome of the player's hands. The bet is simply whether or not the Dealer will get Blackjack.
Dealer DOES have blackjack: If the dealer does get Blackjack, you will win the Insurance bet regardless of who wins the game, even if you go bust. You are paid 2-1 for this bet. However, if both dealer and player have blackjack the insurance bet will pay 1-1 because the players’ main bet will PUSH instead of lose.
Dealer DOES NOT have blackjack: If the dealer does not get Blackjack, you lose the Insurance bet and the stake is removed from the table. Your original bet stands until you win or go bust.
DOUBLE DOWN – if your first two cards have a combined total value of 9, 10 or 11 then you will be offered the chance to 'Double Down'. This means you can double your initial Blackjack bet and receive just one additional card. To ‘Double Down’, just press the blue 'Double Down' button when it appears.
If you choose to Double Down - your stake for the current hand will be doubled and you will be dealt one more card only.
Once your stake is doubled and an additional card dealt, the game will automatically move on to the next hand. You can’t HIT for any additional cards on the hand you have Doubled Down on.
If you Split your hand you will still be offered the chance to Double.
HIT or STAND – If you do not get blackjack and if you are not offered Insurance or Double Down options then normal game play continues and you will be presented with a Green HIT button and the Red STAND button.
The hand that these buttons refer to will be illuminated with a blue glow.
HIT – if you choose to hit you will receive one additional card to add to the total value of your hand.
When you receive this next card for your hand the hand total value for all of your cards in that hand is updated and displayed in the black teardrop
If this new total is still less than 21 you will be asked to HIT or STAND again. You will be able to continue to HIT until you either reach a total of 21 or goes over 21 and you go BUST. Once you STAND, reach 21 or go BUST you will automatically move to the next hand or to the dealers turn.
STAND – if you choose to STAND then no additional cards are dealt and you move onto the next hand (from your right to left).
DEALERS turn. Once you have played all of your hands it then becomes the dealers turn. The dealer must hit on any total score below 17 and must STAND on 17 or higher (including soft 17 made up of a 6 and an Ace).
How to play:
Step 4 – Game Result
Once the dealer has completed his/her turn then your blackjack hand/s are settled in turn from your right to your left.
If your hand total is greater than that of the dealers then you will WIN 1-1 on the total blackjack bet staked on that hand.
If your hand is the same as the dealers then it is a PUSH and your bet is returned to you.
If the dealers hand total is greater than your hand total then the dealer wins and your stake is not returned.
The total amount you have won will be displayed in the PAID field at the top right corner of the game. In addition, this amount will flash yellow in the game centre circle.
When the game is completed and all bets are settled you will be presented with the following buttons:
> Rebet – this button re-bets the same amount bet in the last game.
> Rebet x 2 – this button re-bets doubles the amount bet on the last game.
> New game – this button starts a new game with no bets in place.
>> Left Menu Button
The LEFT menu button displayed in the top left hand edge of the screen provides game play tools and features.
These features are as follows:
Pay table – by pressing/clicking this you will be presented with the Perfect Pairs pay table showing all of the pay outs for this side bet.
Tutorial - by pressing/clicking this you will be presented with a simple step-by-step illustration of how to play Perfect Pairs.
Help - by pressing/clicking this you will be presented with the full and detailed help guide for Perfect Pairs.
Lobby – by pressing/clicking this you will exit the game and be taken to the game lobby / main menu page.
Offer Insurance ON / OFF – toggle this switch to enable / disable the house offering you insurance when the dealer’s up card is an Ace.
Sound Effects On / OFF – toggle this switch to enable / disable the games sound effects.
>> Right Menu Button
The RIGHT menu button displayed in the top right hand edge of the screen provides a menu of other exciting table games provided by Felt that you may want to play.
Pay Tables and Rules:
The Perfect Pairs side bet pays as follows:
- A Perfect Pair = 25-1
(Your first two cards are a pair of the same face value AND of the same suit)
- A Coloured Pair = 12-1
(your first two cards are a pair of the same face value AND of the same colour suit).
- A Mixed Pair = 6-1
(your first two cards dealt are a pair of the same face value AND suits of different colours).
Blackjack Pay Table:
- Blackjack: 3-2
- Win: 1-1
- Ties: Push
- Insurance: 2-1
- Dealer stands on soft 17
- Player can double after split
- On double down only one more card is dealt
- Player can double on 9-11 only
- Player can only split once per hand
- A player CAN hit split Aces
- A hand that totals 21 after splitting is considered 21, not blackjack.
Blackjack Card Values:
- Cards numbered 2 through 10 are worth their face values.
- Jacks, queens and kings are worth 10.
- An ace is worth either 1 or 11, whichever is more advantageous.
- The suit of the card is of no importance in Blackjack.
House Return to Player Percentage:
The theoretical average return represents the long-term expected payback of the game, which has been calculated by an independent testing company.
- The Perfect Pairs side bet = 93.89% RTP
- The Blackjack base game = 99.63% RTP
- 6 decks of cards are used in every game
- There are a total of 52 cards in each deck (no jokers)
- Cards are shuffled before each game
MALFUNCTION VOIDS ALL PLAYS AND PAYS.
If your game is terminated or the internet connection is lost during play and your bet was accepted, it will be settled accordingly.