Get Better Blackjack Hands with Zappit Blackjack
Imagine going through life zapping away obstacles? That’s basically what you get to do in Zappit Blackjack – a modified version created by Geoff Hall. The popular table games inventor must have hated getting bad blackjack hands because in his version, the three worst hands in the game can be effortlessly eliminated and replaced with new cards. Now that’s a feature we can get behind.
The basic gameplay is almost the same as regular six-deck blackjack. The dealer hits on soft 17, blackjack pays 3-2 (although a zapped blackjack pays 1-1), and you can split up to three hands per round. You can also double any two cards – just like our other blackjack variants. What makes this game unique, though, is your ability to zap hands of 15, 16, and 17. These hands are too low to be competitive, but too high to hit and risk busting.
The zapping feature gives you a huge advantage and will happen approximately 20% of the time. Basic Zappit Blackjack strategy suggests zapping all hard 15s, 16s, and 17s. There is one scenario where you’re advised to split instead of zap, and that’s with Eights when the dealer’s upcard is a Six or Seven. For the rest: zap away.
To counter the increased player edge, Zappit Blackjack utilizes the same Push 22 rule used in Free Bet Blackjack. When the dealer busts with 22 and you have less than 22, the outcome is a push and your bet is returned. This should happen approximately 7% of the time, resulting in a house edge of 1.15%.
Although Classic Blackjack will always have a place in our hearts, Zappit Blackjack is a fun twist that’s worth playing for the liberation that comes from zapping subpar hands. With Zappit, you don’t settle when you’re dealt a bad hand – you throw it back.