30 Nov

BetSoft Blackjack with Super Seven

How to play Super 7 Blackjack, featuring a super-sized side bet.

How to Play Super 7 Blackjack, a 21 Game with a Super Sized Side Bet

Super 7 is a blackjack game found numerous online and walk-in casinos. On the web, it’s available at all iGaming sites powered by BetSoft and/or Nucleus Gaming software. On the surface, these two software brands don’t appear to be affiliated, but I suspect they are. It’s more than a suspicion, really. Not only are they sharing the name of this game, the house rules are identical, right down to the most intricate details, and despite a different color scheme, even their 3D environments look and feel exactly the same. But I digress…

Like all BetSoft blackjack games, players can enjoy a single hand or participate in up to 3 hands at once. A betting circle is provided for all hand positions – simply click the corresponding bet circle to activate the dealing of that hand. Next to each bet circle is a smaller circle labeled “Super 7”. This is where the game earns its name, by offering the Super 7 side bet.

In the following sections, we’ll talk about this game’s specific house rules and theoretical return to player (RTP), its namesake side bet, and a precision strategy to get the most out of each session.

How to Play Super 7 Blackjack

Apart from the side bet, which we’ll discuss in greater detail below, Super Seven is a pretty typical game of 21. If you know the classic rules of the game, you’ll pick this one up easily enough. The house rules aren’t anything out of the ordinary, dishing up an RTP of 99.54% (house edge 0.46%). It’s not the best online blackjack game, nor the worst, being about one-tenth below the average RTP for a favorable game.

The static rules of Super 7 21 are as follows:

Specific Rules of Play

  • Decks: 6
  • Soft 17: Dealer Stands
  • Doubling: Yes, on any 2 cards
  • Splitting: Yes, 1x only
  • Double after Split: Yes
  • Resplit Aces: No
  • Draw to Split Aces: No
  • Surrender: No
  • Dealer Checks for Blackjack: Yes
  • Blackjack Pays: 3 to 2

Super 7 Side Bet

This is the same side bet found in a lot of blackjack games, both on land and online. It can go by various names – Super 7, Super Sevens, Crazy Sevens, Lucky Sevens, etc. The pay tables between them may differ, but the hand rules are always the same.

In BetSoft’s rendition, the following table is applied. Note that the player’s very first card must be a 7 in order for any payout to be triggered. Higher payouts require additional 7s to be dealt successively. Only the player’s cards count, not the dealer’s up-card. Because the dealer will peek for blackjack, if he has it, the player will not be given the opportunity to hit a 7-7. On the bright side, if a player splits 7-7 and receives a third 7 as the first card of the additional hand, it will count towards the 7-7-7 payout.

By these rules, the Super Seven side bet carries an RTP of 12.16%.

Player hand, starting with first card Payout
7-7-7 Suited 5,000 to 1
7-7-7 Mixed Suits 500 to 1
7-7 Suited 100 to 1
7-7 Mixed Suits 50 to 1
7 3 to 1
House Edge = 12.61%

Super Seven 21 Strategy

The very first thing you need to know is that placing the side bet is a horrible idea. As stated above, the house edge on this wager is an abysmal 12.61%. Unless you have a sack full of extra cash to throw away, don’t do it.

As for the base game, you’ll find three strategy charts below. Each chart is designated for deciding different types of hands hard hands, soft hands, or paired hands. Choose the appropriate chart for your hand type, select your current total, then look to the right of the chart to determine the correct action based on the dealer’s up-card.

The number of hands you play will not effect the RTP, nor will card counting since there are 6 decks in the shoe being reshuffled after every hand. Following these charts without err will grant you the highest possible theoretical RTP of 99.54%.

How to Decide a Hard Hand

A hard hand total is one that cannot be reduced by counting an 11-point Ace as 1. Hitting a hard total of 12+ can bust the hand.

Hard Total Correct Action by Situation
8 & Under Hit
9 Double against Dealer’s 3-6; otherwise Hit
10 Double against Dealer’s 2-9; otherwise Hit
11 Double against Dealer’s 2-10; otherwise Hit
12 Stand against Dealer’s 4-6; otherwise Hit
13-16 Stand against Dealer’s 2-6; otherwise Hit
17-21 Stand

How to Decide a Soft Hand

A soft hand total is one that contains an 11-point Ace, which can be reduced to 1 if necessary to avoid busting. Therefore a soft hand cannot bust when hit.

Soft Total Correct Action by Situation
13-14 Double against Dealer’s 5-6; otherwise Hit
15-16 Double against Dealer’s 4-6; otherwise Hit
17 Double against Dealer’s 3-6; otherwise Hit
18 Double against Dealer’s 3-6; Hit against 9-A; otherwise Stand
19-21 Stand

Conditions for Splitting Pairs

Alongside doubling down, splitting pairs is the best way to maximize your ROI in a blackjack game. This last chart is specifically geared towards teaching you how to play Super 7 Blackjack when faced with a pair-splitting decision.

Note that the game rules only allow for a hand to be split one time. If you split a hand and receive an additional pair, you will not be able to split again. In such cases, please refer to the above hard/soft hand charts for further direction.

Pair Correct Action by Situation
Ace-Ace Split
2-2 Split on dealer’s 2-7; otherwise Hit
3-3 Split on dealer’s 2-7; otherwise Hit
4-4 Double on dealer’s 5-6; otherwise Hit
5-5 Double on dealer’s 2-9; otherwise Hit
6-6 Split on dealer’s 2-6; otherwise Hit
7-7 Split on dealer’s 2-7; otherwise Hit
8-8 Split
9-9 Split on dealer’s 2-6 or 8-9; otherwise Stand
10-10 Stand

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