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 have 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 Betfair, Bet365 and Paddy Power pick up more players than they currently do.

Playtech don’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 like I’ve done with the current release.

It looks like I was ahead of the game. Playtech published a press release on the 1st 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 haven’t currently taken it, but Bet365, Betfair and Paddy 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 out come 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.

 Betfair Blackjack with 21+3 side bet

Playtceh 21+3 Side bet at Betfair

Bet365 Blackjack 21+3 Side Bet

Playtech 21+3 Side Bet at Bet365

Paddy Power Blackjack 21+3 Side Bet

Playtech 21+3 Side Bet at Paddy Power

Side Bet Comparisons

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

Side Bets Evolution Gaming Playtech Visionary iGaming Ezugi Extreme Gaming NetEnt LuckyStreak BetConstruct Wirex
Perfect Pairs
Perfect Pair 25:1 25:1 11:1 25:1 25:1 30:1 25:1 25:1 25:1
Coloured Pair 12:1 12:1 11:1 12:1 12:1 10:1 12:1 12:1 12:1
Mixed Pair 6:1 6:1 11:1 6:1 6:1 5:1 6:1 5:1 6:1
Suited Trips 100:1 100:1 9:1 100:1 100:1 100:1 9:1 100:1
Straight Flush 40:1 40:1 9:1 40:1 40:1 40:1 9:1 40:1
3 of a Kind 30:1 30:1 9:1 25:1 30:1 25:1 9:1 25:1
Straight 10:1 10:1 9:1 10:1 10:1 10:1 9:1 10:1
Flush 5:1 5:1 9:1 5:1 5:1 5:1 9:1 5:1
Honey Bonus
3 of a Kind 20:1
Straight 10:1
Flush 5:1
Suited Blackjack 3:1
Lucky 7’s
3 Suited 7’s 500:1
3 Unsuited 7’s 100:1
2 Suited 7’s 50:1
2 Unsuited 7’s 25:1
1st Card is a 7 3:1
Lucky Lucky
7-7-7 Suited 200:1
6-7-8 Suited 100:1
7-7-7 Unsuited 50:1
6-7-8 Unsuited 25:1
21 Suited 15:1
Any 19 or 20 2:1
Top 3
Suited 3 of a Kind 270:1
Straight Flush 180:1
3 of a Kind 90:1
Hot 3
7-7-7 (three sevens, unsuited) 100:1
Total hand value 21, suited. 20:1
Total hand value 21, unsuited. 4:1
Total hand value 20, suited. 2:1
Total hand value 19, suited. 1:1
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. 78:1
Dealer busts with 5 cards. 4:1
Dealer busts with 3 or 4 cards. 2:1


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 Betfair or Bet365.

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