New Blackjack Game “Free Bet” Emerges in California


Jul 2014

Dustin Jermalowicz | POSTED IN Blackjack | 1 COMMENT

A new blackjack game is making the rounds in northern Californian casinos, as the player friendly โ€œFree Betโ€ is becoming popular.

Free Bet is a blackjack variant that looks and feels like the classic casino game, albeit with a few twists. Players who receive identical cards (save for 10โ€™s and 4โ€™s) are given a big chip that represents a free bet, in lieu of being given the opportunity to double down on the hand. If the player ends up winning the game, the big chip pays out 1:1 on the original bet amount in addition to the amount wagered.

Of course, a casino game always has to give the house an edge, and in this case the dealer gets a break, as 22 does not represent a losing hand for the dealer. Instead, dealers who score a 22 will result in an automatic push to all players at the table, netting a small advantage to the casino.

Free Bet was invented by Geoff Hall, who is famous for inventing the classic blackjack variation game โ€œBlackjack Switchโ€. The game is currently available for play at Cache Creek Casino and Granton Resort and Casino.

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One Response to New Blackjack Game “Free Bet” Emerges in California

  1. HackedLife says:

    Not only can you double down for free, but you can also split for free (with some restrictions). This is my favorite BJ game now.

    There are about 13 Vegas casinos that now have Free Bet also. Casino Royale, Golden Gate, Venetian, and Pallazzo all have multiple Free Bet BJ tables. You can find a list of all Vegas locations as of 6/1/2014 as the Free Bet Blackjack Facebook page:

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