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Playtech 21+3 Sidebet added to Live Blackjack

August 30th 2016 – Playtech has finally added the 21+3 Side Bet to it’s Live Blackjack. This now offers a real alternative to Evolution Gaming’s Blackjack.

Playtech 21+3 side bet

Playtech has finally added the 21+3 side bet to Blackjack.

Given the size of the Playtech live casino offering it’s difficult to understand why it’s taken this long to introduce this very popular side bet.

From what I see, both in Land-Based Casinos and at online live casinos, Blackjack players really love this side bet. As a result I would expect to see Playtech based casinos like Bet Victor and Playojo, pick up more players than they currently do.

Playtech doesn’t really have a great record of releasing information about changes to their Live Casino, you’ve almost got to stumble upon it yourself, much as I’ve done with the current release.

It looks like I was ahead of the game. Playtech published a press release on the 1st of September 2016.

Kevin Kilminster, Head of Live Casino Innovation, Playtech, said:


“The 21+3 side bet is a great addition to the classic live casino Blackjack game and puts the excitement of poker into every hand.

“It will appeal both to those players who are familiar with either card game, as well as new customers who have never played Blackjack before, and we’re delighted to offer even more chances to win.”


It looks like it’s a chargeable extra for the casinos as Sky hasn’t currently taken it, but Playojo and Betfred have.

It’s available on both dedicated and generic tables.

Playtech 21+3 Side Bet Description

For those that are not familiar with this side bet here’s a quick description.

The bet is placed at the same time as the main hand bet. The side bet is paid regardless of the outcome of the main hand.

It pays out on the value of your first two cards and the dealers up card.

The hand has to form a 3 card poker-based hand, like 3 of a kind, flush, straight, straight flush and suited trips.

Playtech 21+3 Side Bet Payouts

The following payouts are paid for winning hands.

  • Suited 3 of a Kind pays 100-1.
  • Straight Flush 40:1.
  • 3 of a Kind 30:1.
  • Straight 10:1.
  • Flush 5:1.

 Blackjack with 21+3 side bet

Playtceh 21+3 Side bet at Betfair

Side Bet Comparisons

The side bet payouts compare well with the other live casino providers as can be seen in the table below.

Side BetsEvolution GamingPlaytechVisionary iGamingEzugiPragmatic PlayLuckyStreakBetConstructWirex
Perfect Pairs
Perfect Pair25:125:111:125:125:125:125:125:1
Coloured Pair12:112:111:112:112:112:112:112:1
Mixed Pair6:16:111:16:16:16:15:16:1
Suited Trips100:1100:19:1100:1100:19:1100:1
Straight Flush40:140:19:140:140:19:140:1
3 of a Kind30:130:19:125:130:19:125:1
Honey Bonus
3 of a Kind20:1
Suited Blackjack3:1
Lucky 7s
3 Suited 7s500:1
3 Unsuited 7s100:1
2 Suited 7s50:1
2 Unsuited 7s25:1
1st Card is a 73:1
Lucky Lucky
7-7-7 Suited200:1
6-7-8 Suited100:1
7-7-7 Unsuited50:1
6-7-8 Unsuited25:1
21 Suited15:1
Any 19 or 202:1
Top 3
Suited 3 of a Kind270:1
Straight Flush180:1
3 of a Kind90:1
Hot 3
7-7-7 (three sevens, unsuited)100:1
Total hand value 21, suited20:1
Total hand value 214:1
Total hand value 202:1
Total hand value 191:1
Bust It
Dealer busts with 8 or more.250:1
Dealer busts with 7 cards.100:1
Dealer busts with 6 cards.50:1
Dealer busts with 5 cards.9:1
Dealer busts with 4 cards.2:1
Dealer busts with 3 cards.1:1
Dealer busts with 8 or more with Player BJ.2000:1
Dealer busts with 7 with Player BJ.800:1
Dealer Busts with 8 or more.250:1
Dealer busts with 7 cards.50:1
Dealer busts with 6 cards.18:1
Dealer busts with 5 cards.4:1
Dealer busts with 3 or 4 cards.2:1
Perfect 11
11 Points (Suited)21:1
Any 11 Points10:1
Pair 5’s22:1
Total of 1010:1
Total of 203:1


This makes Playtech’s Live Blackjack a real alternative to Evolution Gaming’s version.

With both Vegas and European Style rules being available, I can see players adding Playtech casinos to their playing list.

Why not give it a try at Bet Victor.

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