Perfect Pairs Blackjack by Arrow’s Edge is a multi-hand variant with a Perfect Pair side bet that wins if the player’s initial cards form a pair. The bet is optional and can only be placed alongside Ante, featuring the same table limits - $1 to $200 per hand.
The session starts after the players confirm the bet, at which point two cards will be drawn from the shoe and placed next to the active hands. The players can submit up to 3 Ante bets, each with its own Perfect Pair side wager – a total of 6 bets.
The side bets will be resolved immediately and according to a separate paytable, and the players proceed by drawing one of the following moves:
• Hit – adding an extra card to the hand until you either achieve a desired total or bust
• Stand – no extra cards will be requested
• Double – doubling the stake and requesting an extra card. Players who decide to double the Ante will be hit with only one more card, after which the hand will automatically stand.
• Split – unlike some blackjack variants that allow the players to split any two value hands, Perfect Pairs by Arrow’s Edge activates the option only on pairs. A hand cannot be split more than once and split Aces can only be hit with one card each.
• Insurance – if the up card is an Ace, the players can wager 50% of their initial bet and win if the dealer holds a Blackjack.
Dealer must hit on soft 17 and draw on 16. The player’s and the dealer’s hand with the same value will result in a push, which means that the players will get the original bet back, without a settlement.
The RTP value of Arrow’s Edge Blackjack variant is around 99.28% and the bets are settled according to the standard payout rates:
Natural Blackjack – 3:2
Insurance – 2:1
Non-Blackjack winning hands – 1:1
Perfect Pairs side bet can increase the players’ stake by up x5, x10 or x30, depending on the combination:
• Mixed Pair (black and red) – 5:1
• Colored Pair (same color, different suit) – 10:1
• Suited Pair – 30:1
Perfect Pairs bet is known for its high house edge (over 12%), which is why most players try to reduce side betting to a bare minimum, especially if on a fixed budget. The basic strategy is simple, and the players should always:
• Hit on low-value hands, such as hard 8, soft 15 or lower
• Stand on higher totals – hard 17, soft 19, etc
• Split 8s and Aces
If the dealer’s up card is 2 through 6 or up, the players’ optimal move would be to:
• Double on 9 and soft 16 - 18
• Stand on hard 12 – 16
• Split 2-2, 3-3, 6-6, 7-7, and 9-9
Classic blackjack variant with an added value of Perfect Pairs bet which does not really change the strategy but still provides a nice change of pace every once in a while. One downside is that the players will not be able to split the two cards with the same value, which is somewhat compensated by allowing the players to double on any two cards.