Sette e Mezzo (which means seven and a half in Italian) is a famous Italian card game that’s fairly similar to Blackjack. The main aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand by reaching as close to 7½ points without going bust. The game is played with a special deck of cards, and there are 10 cards in each deck. The main suits are Coins (Denari), Cups (Coppe), Swords (Spade), and Clubs (Bastion).
The King of Coins is a Wild Card, and its purpose is to bring your hand value as close to 7½ points as possible. The Ace (Asso) is worth 1 point. The King (Re), the Cavalier (Cavalllo), and the Jack (Fante) are all worth ½ point, and the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all worth their face value in points. You can draw up to 7½ points, and the player will always draw automatically until the dealer’s initial card has been beaten.
The dealer draws up to 5, and a tie pushes on 5½. If you end up tying on 5 points, you will lose your main bet, and if you beat the dealer’s score, you’ll win 1:1. The Sette e Mezzo Royal is basically a two-card combination that includes the King of Coins card and pays 3:2. Don’t forget that you can also take advantage of two side bets – Mano di Poker and Partita Perfetta.
Let’s start by taking a quick look at the Partita Perfetta side bet, which wins if your and the dealer’s first cards create a pair of the same value. For example, a pair of 7’s pays 55:1, a pair of face cards pays 10:1, and a pair of 1’s to 6’s pays 5:1. The other Side Bet, Mano di Poker, awards you when your first two cards and the dealer’s first card form a specific hand. For example, a Royal Flush pays 150:1. A Straight Flush pays 75:1. Three of a Kind pays 50:1. A Flush pays 6:1, and a Straight pays 5:1. The good news is that your Side Bets can win even if you lose your main hand.
Low rollers can play Sette e Mezzo from as little as NZ$1.00 per hand, and high rollers can spend up to as much as NZ$1,500 per hand. Just like all other live dealer games from Playtech (and most other software providers), you can only enjoy playing on this game in the real money mode. If you fancy having a few hands of this new Italian Blackjack-style game right now, go to Slots Heaven Casino or Casino.com. This game is available on desktop and mobile, and it can be launched either instantly in your web browser or from within the Playtech casino download client.