It’s amazing that despite being one of the oldest card games, blackjack continues to develop and new variations being invented every few years. Land based casinos are slightly more conventional when it comes to new blackjack games, but online gaming establishments feature numerous variants of the popular game, but not too many of those are more exciting than Zappit Blackjack. It won’t come as a big surprise that the game was invented by Geoff Hall, they guy behind the superb Blackjack Switch.
Zappit Blackjack looks and plays according to common Blackjack rules, but it is the Zap option that makes all the difference. What it does is it replaces your first two cards with two new cards, and it can be activated when your hard total is 15, 16 or 17. The bad news are that to compensate for that, dealer’s 22 hand is considered a push rather than bust, which seriously increases the house edge.
Currently, only Bovada, Ignition and their sister casinos have the license to offer Zappit Blackjack online, so in our review, we will focus on their set of rules.
- Played with 6 decks of cards. (In online version the cards are shuffled after each round).
- The dealer is required to hit soft 17, whereas his hand value of 22 is a push and not bust as that is normally the case.
- You can use the Zap option when you are dealt hard total of 15, 16 or 17 to replace them with two new cards. (In land based casinos you can also zap hard 18).
- Player can split up to three hands.
- Aces can be split once and receive only one card.
- Double down on any 2 cards and double after split.
- Late Surrender option is supported.
- Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
- Blackjack after using Zap pays even money.
- Insurance pays 2:1.
Free Zappit Blackjack
Limits, Odds & Mobile
Zappit Blackjack is a single-hand game that supports wagers from $1 to $500 per hand, meaning it can accommodate both casual gamers and high rollers. Similar to all products developed by Bovada the user interface is simply perfect. The games loads fast, smooth and easy to control. Same goes for mobile play. You can play Zappit on all mobile devices, iOS (iPhone and Ipad) and Android.
Regarding the winning odds, as we have mentioned Zappit house edge off 1.1% is quite high, for sure compared to other Bovada blackjack games which range between 0.75% and go as low as 0.08%. However, blackjack is not just about house odds and percentage, but about having fun, and Zappit blackjack is one of the best recent additions.
Zappit Blackjack Tips and Strategies
We would like to stress that there are many Blackjack games that offer lower house edge, Single deck blackjack, Classic and the forth mentioned Switch, but Zappit is definitely more exciting than most similar variants.
Bear in mind that your hand will not win when dealer has 22, but you will rather be given your stake back, so you need to be extra careful when dealer’s face up card is 2, since two ten-value cards would result in a push regardless of your hand total as long as it’s 21 or lower.
Zap option can be a great way to get rid of bad cards when dealer’s face up card is eight or higher, but use said feature with caution since there is a chance your new cards will be even worse than the original hand.