Power Blackjack is a live dealer game that has put a simple spin on traditional Blackjack by removing all 9’s and 10’s, and introducing the option of quadrupling down any two cards.
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- RTP: 98.80%
- Maximum win: 2.5x (250x with side bets)
- Time per round: 120 seconds
- Betting range: ₹100 – ₹5 lakh
- Release date: 2020
The Game in Short
Power Blackjack is a fairly simple game that plays identically to traditional Blackjack, with a few exceptions. The double down feature has been boosted as it now allows you to choose if you would like to double, triple or quadruple down. You can also do this on any two cards, including pairs that have been split. This usually isn’t the case in traditional Blackjack.
In addition to this, the gameplay has been changed with all 9’s and 10’s being removed. Not the face cards that are valued at 10 (Jacks, Queens and Kings), but only the actual 10’s.
While it isn’t a feature unique to Power Blackjack, you should know that the game has four types of side bets, which is more than you’ll usually find on Blackjack tables. All players on the table also play the very same hand. However, you can, of course, make individual choices in terms of splitting, hitting, standing, and doubling.
Fun Factor and Payouts
As Power Blackjack is Blackjack with a small twist, there isn’t that much to be said. Since I already enjoy traditional Blackjack, I like the game. It allows me to mix things up instead of only playing the same old. I do, however, prefer Quantum Blackjack and Lightning Blackjack over this, but that’s all about personal taste. Those particular games offer a livelier environment as the dealers are more engaging than in Power Blackjack.
If there’s one thing to complain and be nit-picky about, it is the RTP in Power Blackjack. If you play with an optimal strategy, this is 98.80%, which is lower than many other Blackjack games found at gambling sites. Generally, the RTP in Blackjack ranges from 99.30% – 99.60%. Not a huge difference, of course, and 98.80% is still very high, but if you’re looking to maximize profits, it does matter.
What I find to be an amusing addition to Power Blackjack is the many side bets of the game. It can certainly make the gameplay a lot more fun as not only do you have plenty of new ways of winning, but the payouts can also reach 250x. This is 100 times more than you can normally win from the game.
Like any type of Blackjack, there is a perfect strategy in Power Blackjack that can be used to maximize your chances of making a profit. It’s all about making the right mathematical decisions based on the cards you’ve been dealt compared to what the dealer is showing.
The perfect strategy in Power Blackjack is presented within the game itself, making it easy to apply. I have also summarized it in the three tables below. These cover the optimal strategy for pair splitting, quadrupling down and hitting or standing.
The pair splitting strategy is as follows:
✔️ = split your pair, ❌ = don’t split
The quadruple strategy is as follows:
|Pair of 5’s||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||❌||❌|
✔️ = quadruple down, ❌ = don’t quadruple down
Do note that you should always quadruple and never use the double or triple option if you want to play with the perfect strategy in Power Blackjack. Also note that any type of hand not mentioned above should never be quadrupled in optimal play.
The hit and stand strategy is as follows:
|Hard 4 – 14||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Hard 18 – 20||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
|Soft 2 – 17||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️||✔️|
|Soft 19 – 20||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌||❌|
✔️= hit, ❌ = stand
When you apply strategies in Power Blackjack, always start with the pair splitting table. If you don’t have a pair or your pair shouldn’t be split, go to the quadruple strategy. If your hand shouldn’t be quadrupled, go to the hit and stand strategy.