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Last Updated: September 12, 2016

Blazing 7's ™

Introduction



Blazing 7's™ is a blackjack side bet that pays based on the number of sevens in the player's first three cards. Pays start with just one seven in the first two cards and go up to a progressive jackpot for three suited sevens or three sevens in diamonds, depending on the version.

Note: Blazing 7's is trademarked by Bally Gaming.

Rules



I have heard of two versions of this side bet, as follows:

  • Version 1: Wins are based on the first three player cards. Wins for one or two sevens are based on the first two cards only. If the player hits, the first additional card shall count as the third card. If the player splits, then the first card dealt to the first hand shall count as the third card. If the dealer has a blackjack, then the player is capped at two cards.
  • Version 2: Wins are based on the first two player cards and the dealer up card. Wins for one or two sevens are based on the player cards only.

To make matters more complicated, not only are there two versions but two pay tables as well, as follow.

Pay Table 1

  • Three suited sevens: 100% of jackpot.
  • Three colored sevens: 10% of jackpot.
  • Three sevens 200 for 1.
  • Two sevens 25 for 1.
  • One seven 2 for 1.


Pay Table 2

  • Three sevens in diamonds: 100% of jackpot.
  • Three suited sevens: 10% of jackpot.
  • Three colored sevens: 500 for 1.
  • Three sevens 200 for 1.
  • Two sevens 25 for 1.
  • One seven 2 for 1.


Analysis



Between the two versions and two pay tables, there are four possible combinations. For my analysis of all four combinations, six decks of cards is assumed. All wins are on a "for one" basis, meaning the player does not get his original bet back on a win. I have heard of bet amounts of $1 and $5. For statistics where the bet amount matters, I will present them for both a $1 and $5 bet.

Version 1 — Pay Table 1



The following return table is four Version 1 and Pay Table 1.

Version 1 — Pay Table 1 — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three suited sevens 100% of Jackpot 21,735,360 0.000015 ?
Three colored sevens 10% of Jackpot 97,809,120 0.000068 ?
Three sevens 200 430,360,128 0.000301 0.060132
Two sevens 25 7,593,011,712 0.005305 0.132617
One seven 2 203,926,947,840 0.142468 0.284937
Loser 0 1,219,313,208,960 0.851843 0.000000
Total 1,431,383,073,120 1.000000 0.477686 + ?


Here is some more information about Version 1 and Pay Table 1.

  • Fixed wins = 47.77%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($1) = 2.20%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($5) = 2.44%
  • 1% in meter ($1) = $454.17
  • 1% in meter ($5) = $2,270.86
  • Break-even ($1) = $23,722.09
  • Break-even ($5) = $118,610.45


Version 1 — Pay Table 2



The following return table is four Version 1 and Pay Table 2.

Version 1 — Pay Table 2 — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three sevens in diamonds 100% of Jackpot 5,433,840 0.000004 ?
Three suited sevens 10% of Jackpot 16,301,520 0.000011 ?
Three colored sevens 500 114,110,640 0.000080 0.039860
Three sevens 200 430,360,128 0.000301 0.060131
Two sevens 25 7,593,011,712 0.005305 0.132615
One seven 2 203,926,947,840 0.142467 0.284934
Loser 0 1,219,313,208,960 0.851833 0.000000
Total 1,431,399,374,640 1.000000 0.517540 + ?


Here is some more information about Version 1 and Pay Table 2 for both $1 and $5 bets.

  • Fixed wins = 51.75%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($1) = 0.49%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($5) = 0.10%
  • 1% in meter ($1) = $2,026.33
  • 1% in meter ($5) = $10,131.66
  • Break-even ($1) = $97,762.40
  • Break-even ($5) = $488,812.02


Version 2 — Pay Table 1



The following return table is four Version 2 and Pay Table 1.

Version 2 — Pay Table 1 — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three suited sevens 100% of Jackpot 480 0.000016 ?
Three colored sevens 10% of Jackpot 2160 0.000072 ?
Three sevens 200 9504 0.000316 0.063192
Two sevens 25 158976 0.005285 0.132128
One seven 2 4285440 0.142468 0.284937
Loser 0 25623360 0.851843 0.000000
Total 30079920 1.000000 0.480257 + ?


Here is some more information about Version 2 and Pay Table 1 for both $1 and $5 bets.

  • Fixed wins = 48.03%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($1) = 2.31%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($5) = 0.46%
  • 1% in meter ($1) = $432.18
  • 1% in meter ($5) = $2,160.91
  • Break-even ($1) = $22,462.41
  • Break-even ($5) = $112,312.07


Version 2 — Pay Table 2



The following return table is four Version 2 and Pay Table 2.

Version 2 — Pay Table 2 — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three sevens in diamonds 100% of Jackpot 120 0.000004 ?
Three suited sevens 10% of Jackpot 360 0.000012 ?
Three colored sevens 500 2160 0.000072 0.035904
Three sevens 200 9504 0.000316 0.063192
Two sevens 25 158976 0.005285 0.132128
One seven 2 4285440 0.142468 0.284937
Loser 0 25623360 0.851843 0.000000
Total 30079920 1.000000 0.516161 + ?


Here is some more information about Version 2 and Pay Table 2.

  • Fixed wins = 48.03%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($1) = 0.52%
  • Return per $1000 in meter ($5) = 0.10%
  • 1% in meter ($1) = $1,928.20
  • 1% in meter ($5) = $9,641.00
  • Break-even ($1) = $100,216.92
  • Break-even ($5) = $501,084.62




For a huge list of all kinds of blackjack side bets, please see my blackjack appendix 8.





Written by: Michael Shackleford

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