Perfect Pairs

Perfect Pairs is a variation of the popular game of blackjack that is offered at Real Time Gaming casinos such as Casino Midas for New Zealand players. The game is in fact two games in one – a classic blackjack game with an extra side bet for the perfect pairs game. Blackjack fans will enjoy this game with its classic rules and extra bit of excitement on the side.

The Aim of the Game

Perfect Pairs can be divided into two separate games. The main game is a classic blackjack game with the aim of achieving a hand total of closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand without going over. Each card has a value that is added to the other card values in your hand to create a total hand value. Cards two through ten have their face value, face cards are valued as ten and Ace is one or eleven depending on the total value of your hand. The aim of the perfect pairs side bet is to bet that you will be dealt a pair in your first two cards.

How to Play Perfect Pairs?

To begin a game of Perfect Pairs you need to place a bet. At this time you are also able to place the side bet for perfect pairs. If you do not place the side bet, you cannot win on pairs, but it is optional to play the side game. You will then be dealt two cards. Your side bet will be paid out if you win on perfect pairs or you will lose the side bet if you have no pair. You will then play the main game.

For the regular blackjack game you will then need to play your hand. You can choose to:

  • Hit – receive one more card. You can continue to hit until you go bust or you stand.
  • Stand – Receive no more cards and end your turn.
  • Double down – on your first two cards you can choose to double your bet and receive one more card to end your turn.
  • Split – you can choose to split two cards of the same rank into two separate hands with separate bets. The hands are played individually. You can only hit once for each hand if the split was made for Aces.
  • Insurance – if the dealer’s up-card is an Ace, you can take out an insurance bet against them having Blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack, your insurance bet will pay out 2:1.

Once the player has completed his hand, the dealer will play. The dealer must play his hand according to the house rules. The dealer must hit on any total of 16 or less and must hit on a soft 17 or less. The dealer must stand on any total of 17 or more. The two hands will then be compared and the winner will be paid out for a win.

How to win at Perfect Pairs?

Being this a blackjack variation there are 3 ways to win:

  • If you get Blackjack (Ace and ten)
  • If your hand total is closer to 21 than the dealer’s without going over.
  • If the dealer goes bust, while your hand does not.

Getting Blackjack pays out 3:2, while winning a regular blackjack hand pays out even money.

There are three ways to win the Perfect Pairs side bet:

  • Mixed pair – a pair of cards that are the same numerical value, but one card is red and one card is black. This pays out 6:1.
  • Coloured pair – a pair of cards that are the same numerical value and the same colour, but different suits. This pays out 12:1.
  • Perfect pair – a pair of cards that are identical in both value and suit. This pays out 25:1.