Just when you think you have blackjack all figured out – you learned basic strategy and counting cards – they start throwing all of these variations at you to confuse you. There are blackjack variations like Spanish 21, pontoon and extreme 21 commonly found at brick and mortar and online casinos. Some online casinos have up to 40 different blackjack variations. Today’s variation that I’m covering is triple 7s.
Triple 7s is played as a side bet to a traditional game, which means you have to play strategy for normal blackjack as well as bet on whether or not you will be dealt any sevens and take a shot at the progressive jackpot. The house edge on this side bet is over 30%.
In most ways, triple 7s plays the same as traditional blackjack. You should still play the same basic strategy and bet the same as in a normal game. One difference in the game is that both of the dealer’s initial cards are dealt face up, rather than having a hole card. In this blackjack variation, you can only double on a 9, 10 or 11 and you cannot double after splitting.
The main thing that makes triple 7s different from traditional blackjack is the payouts. Aside from the regular pay out of 3:2 for a natural blackjack, there are also bonuses for having sevens in your hand. A single 7 pays 5:1 and a pair that does not match in suit pays 25:1. A pair that has the same suit pays out 50:1 and a triple 7 has different payouts depending on the house rules. A triple 7 diamond is the best hand of all and if you have that you hit the jackpot, which is a different amount depending on how many people are playing the game.
Because the house edge on this side bet is so high, it’s hard to recommend playing triple 7s blackjack. However, like progressive slots, which have a very high house edge, there is considerable potential reward to go along with the risk of this bet. It’s all a question of how much money you want to risk and what kinds of odds you are comfortable with.