Zappit Blackjack - will you zappit?
How many times have you looked at your Blackjack hand wishing that you could exchange it and take your changes with a different pair of cards? Well, in Zappit Blackjack, substituting your cards is not merely reduced to wishful thinking and you are actually allowed to get a new hand with no more than a ZAP!
The privilege does, however, come with a few restrictions – not just every hand can be exchanged – and there are no guarantees that your next hand will be an improvement or result in a Blackjack.
This adds another layer of excitement to the game, making Zappit Blackjack an optimal choice for those who are slightly tired of the traditional version of the game.
Zappit Blackjack is not all that different from its conventional version. The game is played with 6 decks (reshuffled before every next session) and the objective is to land a hand with a total of 21 or outrank the dealer without busting. The dealers will push on a total of 22 and hit on soft 17 hands.
The players are allowed to split a maximum of three hands, drawing no more than one extra card per (split) Ace. Re-splitting the aces is not an option and if the players draw a 10 on the split ace, it will not be considered a Blackjack.
Any two cards can be followed by the double down bet, increasing the player’s original wager. Insurance bet can be placed as well, protecting 50% of your stake if the dealer reveals Blackjack.
The player starts the session by selecting the chip and submitting the bet. The virtual dealer will then draw the cards from the shoe, placing one of the house cards face down, while both of the player’s cards will be facing up.
The players can then choose between the following options:
Hit – take an extra card to improve the total
Stand – decide to play with the existing hand
Surrender – give up and forfeit the bet
Double down – double the initial stake and draw an extra card
Split – split a pair of cards and play them as two separate hands
The plot twist happens when the player lands 15, 16, and 17 hands – this will immediately activate the Zap button, which will enable the players to exchange the hand for a new set of cards. The advantage that this gives to the player is curbed by the fact that the dealer’s 22 hand, which is technically a bust, is considered a push, even if the players hold a 21 hand.
Also, “zapping” the cards will not necessarily result in a better-ranked hand, and landing a Blackjack hand after zapping the card will change the payout rate from 3:2 to even pay.
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The thrust of the game is that if the player gets a 15 to either 17 or 18, depending on the rules, then he can 'zap' the hand and replace it with two random cards. To offset this rule, if the dealer gets a 22, any bets left standing will push instead of win.
Zap It is based on conventional blackjack rules, which I assume the reader is familiar with. As in blackjack, some of the rules are configurable but the two definitive rules of Zappit are:
If the player's initial two cards total within a certain range, for example 15 to 17, then he may 'zap it' and exchange those cards for the next two cards in the deck.
The player may not zap after a zap nor after splitting.
If the dealer busts with 22, then any player hands still standing shall push.
In addition to the usual configurable rules in blackjack, some new ones this game presents are:
If the player gets a blackjack after zapping, then is it an immediate winner or counted as 21 points?
If a blackjack after zapping is treated as an immediate winner, what does it pay?
Does the dealer peek for blackjack before or after the player has the opportunity to zap?
Following are the fine points of the rules as played at Bovada.
Six decks are used.
Player may zap between 15 and 17 points.
Player may zap before dealer peeks for blackjack.
A blackjack before zapping pays 3 to 2.
A blackjack after zapping is an immediate winner and pays 1 to 1.
Player may surrender.
Player may double after a split.
Split aces get one card each. Player may not re-split aces.
Dealer hits soft 17.
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