Bodog and Bovada Casino have just debuted their newest blackjack variant: Zappit Blackjack. This one-of-a-kind variant gives you the chance to zap your bad hands into oblivion and get a second draw. If you'd like to give it a try, head over to Bodog Casino (or Bovada Casino for US players) and play for free or real money. See below for full details about this exciting new game.
Basic Zappit Blackjack Rules
Aside from the zapping twist, Zappit Blackjack has a very conventional set of rules. You and the dealer will both receive 2 cards. The dealer will turn her second card face-up. If you have a total of 21 (a blackjack), you will get paid 3:2 instantly unless the dealer also has one. Otherwise, you can do one of the following actions:
- Hit: Take another card.
- Stand: Stop taking cards and turn the action over to the dealer.
- Double: Double your wager, take one more card, and turn the action over to the dealer.
- Split: Split your first two cards of equal value into separate hands, and double your wager. You may split twice for up to three hands. Split aces only receive 1 card.
- Surrender: Forfeit your hand and receive half of your wager back.
If you go over 21, you will bust and lose your bet. If not, the dealer will then take her turn and draw cards until her total is 17 or higher. If the dealer goes over 21, or if your hand is higher than the dealer's, you will win 1:1 on your bet.
There are two exceptions. First, the dealer will hit on soft 17 (ace + 6). Second, if the dealer busts with a total of 22, it will be counted as a push for all non-busted, non-blackjack hands rather than a win.
The Zap Twist
If you are dealt a total of 15, 16, or 17, a button that says "ZAP" will appear next to your hand. If you press it, the zapping machine will turn on and obliterate your hand. You will then be given two new cards from the remaining deck. If you're getting hand after hand of poor cards, this Zap feature can really be a life saver. And best of all, it's free to use.
If you get dealt a blackjack after zapping, it will only pay 1:1. Still, it's infinitely better than having to play with a poor hand!
When to Zap
In most cases, if you are given the ability to Zap, you should. It costs nothing, and if you get dealt another poor hand after Zapping, you still have the option of surrendering. There are only two scenarios where it may be better not to Zap: when you have a soft 15, 16, or 17 against a poor dealer card where you can double down, or when you have two eights that you can split against a poor dealer card.
Try Zappit Blackjack
We're pleasantly surprised with the originality of Zappit Blackjack. The game's Zapping twist makes getting through streaks of poor hands much more tolerable, and the base rule set is still fairly generous. If you'd like to test this brand new game out for yourself, just go to Bodog Casino (non-US) or Bovada Casino (US). Here's hoping that you can have some shockingly good luck!