On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was quite surprised with the number of players I saw at the blackjack tables where the house was paying only 6 to 5 for a blackjack. I heard some players say “its only single deck, so it must be a good game.”
However, you should know that the house advantage with this rule goes from a small percent (less than one percent) for the normal single-deck game to almost one and a half percent.
Here is the math: the traditional 3-2 payout for a blackjack will get the player $7.50 for a $5 bet. With the 6 to 5 rule the player is only paid $6 for a $5 bet. Reducing blackjack payouts from 3:2 to 6:5 adds a substantial 1.4% to the casino's advantage. That difference in the payout will rate the game as a poor one for the player.
Al Rogers, manager of the website bj21.com and a semi-retired professional gambler is quoted as saying "People are being scammed, and I don't like to see them being ripped off." Going back in time when Doctor Edward Thorps’ great classic blackjack book “Beat The Dealer” came out, (1962) casinos panicked and changed the game's rules, which greatly increased the house edge. Well, players stayed away from the game since the odds were so bad and that forced the casinos to suspend those poor rule changes. Today, if players would avoid blackjack tables with a 6 to 5 payout they could again get the rule changed and return blackjack to a reasonable game.
So don't you be a sucker. Never play those 6-to-5 games and that's an order; they are bankroll killers!
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW
From 1976 to 1997 Washington State allowed commercial card room to operate throughout the state. Those card rooms offered mostly poker and blackjack, and were player-backed instead of house-backed.
Some casinos have a spot on its blackjack rating slips, which can be marked to indicate that a player knows blackjack basic strategy.
When playing at a shoe game of blackjack you will play the same number of hands in one hour as you would in three hours against a single deck.
Edwin Thorp, The man that revolutionized casino blackjack is quoted as saying “It would have taken roughly ten thousand man-years to do the same calculations with the aid of a desk calculator.” Thorp had used the IBM 704 main frame computer at MIT to do all his blackjack calculations.
Howard Stern, a popular radio/TV personality, was once refused by all casino owners in Las Vegas when he requested to place a $1 million bet on a single Blackjack hand.
Numerous surveys have shown that blackjack dealers prefer that you bet their tip instead of just passing it to them, even if the house sometimes wins it.
A $5 player at blackjack will wager about $300 to $350 and hour. A 25 cent slot player, playing 5 coins each pull, will wager about $500 to $600 an hour.
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