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Power Blackjack Review

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Overview

Power Blackjack is a variant of Blackjack that is only available at WagerWorks casinos, but comes highly recommended by use here at The POGG for both its low house edge and for being far more fun that standard Blackjack.

Power Blackjack differs from Blackjack is two ways for the player and one for the dealer.

Power Doubling : When doubling a 9, 10 or 11, the player can now exchange the double card for another if they don’t like the card they received.

Power Splitting : When the player receives a two card hard (no ace) 15, or 16 they are now allowed to split the cards to form two separate hands, regardless of whether or not the cards match.

Both of these options provide the player with a hefty advantage and to rebalance the game, any time the dealer draws a 22, they push all player hands except Blackjack.

As with Blackjack, there is an optimal strategy for Power Blackjack that will ensure that you lose less in the long run which you can find below;

Player’s Hand Dealer’s Upcard
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
5-8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 PD18 PD18 PD18 PD18 D18 PD18 PD18 PD19 H H
10 D19 D19 D19 D19 D19 D18 D19 PD19 PD19 H
11 D19 D19 D19 D19 D19 D18 D19 D19 PD20 PD19
12 H H H H H H H H H H
13 H H H S S H H H H H
14 H S S S S H H H H H
15 (8-7) P P P P P P P H H H
15 (9-6) P P P P P P P P H H
15 (T-5) P P P P P P P P P H
15 (Other) S S S S S H H H H H
16 (9-7) P P P P P P P P H H
16 (T-6) P P P P P P P P P H
16 (Other) S S S S S H H H H H
17+ S S S S S S S S S S
A2 H H H H H H H H H H
A3 H H H H H H H H H H
A4 H H H H H H H H H H
A5 H H H H H H H H H H
A6 H H H H D H H H H H
A7 S S S Ds Ds S S H H H
A8 PD18s PD18s PD18s PD19s PD18s PD18s PD18s PD19s S S
A9 PD19s PD19s PD19s PD19s PD19s PD19s PD19s S S S
22 H H H P P P H H H H
33 H H H P P P H H H H
44 H H H H H H H H H H
55 D19 D19 D19 D19 D19 D18 D19 PD19 PD19 H
66 H H H P P H H H H H
77 H P P P P P H H H H
88 P P P P P P P P H H
99 S S P P P S P P S S
TT S S S S S S S S S S
AA P P P P P P P P P H
H Hit
S Stand
D Double else Hit
Ds Double else Stand
D18 Power Double, change if total is less than 18. If Power Double not possible, Double, if Double not possible Hit
D19 Power Double, change if total is less than 19. If Power Double not possible, Double, if Double not possible Hit
PD18 Power Double, change if total is less than 18. If Power Double not possible Hit.
PD19 Power Double, change if total is less than 19. If Power Double not possible Hit.
PD20 Power Double, change if total is less than 20. If Power Double not possible Hit.
PD18s Power Double, change if total is less than 18. If Power Double not possible Hit.
PD19s Power Double, change if total is less than 19. If Power Double not possible Stand.
P Split

To learn more about Power Blackjack see our sister site – Power Blackjack.

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