VS BASIC STRATEGY PLAYERS
|1-dk LVS & DAS
|1-dk D10 & H17
|2-dk LVS & DAS
|2-dk D10 & H17
|4-dk LVS & DAS
|4-dk D10 & H17
|6 / 8-dk LVS & DAS
|6 / 8-dk LVS
|6 / 8-dk D10 & H17
|Double Exposure (Typical)
LVS = Las Vegas Strip rules
where you can double on any two cards and the dealer stands on Soft-17.
DAS = Double After Splits allowed.
D10 = Double on 10 and 11 only
Yes! Actually, it depends on the rules of the game and the skill of the player. A
single deck game with Las Vegas Strip (LVS) rules and double after splitting (DAS) allowed
actually gives the player a 0.1% advantage. This assumes, of course, that the player uses
the "correct" basic strategy.
It is not often that you will find casinos offering games with the
above rules, but they do occasionally surface. The Frontier casino in Las Vegas offered
this game for several years while they were on strike recently. The games were always busy
and the Frontier earned a reputation as being the local card counters hang-out.
Theoretically, the game of blackjack can offer the player the best odds
in the house. Compared with the next best gamble, the craps pass line (and dont pass
line) offer players a 1.4% disadvantage. Blackjack players would have to look long and
hard to find a blackjack game with a casino edge as high as this. If you ignore your
typical "double exposure" type games and other high casino edge blackjack
variations, the worst blackjack game that a player might run into would be an 8-deck game
with double on 10 and 11 only, dealer hits soft-17 and no resplits. Casino advantage? ...
only about 1%! Generally, as long as naturals are paid at 3 to 2, this game is probably
better than any other in the casino.
But unlike craps, which requires only a knowledge of where to place
your bet, blackjack requires skill. Players must have memorized basic strategy and be
willing to place more money on the table when called for in double down and split
situations. It is no wonder that casinos continue to offer this game. The continuous flow
of inexperienced new players and players who refuse to follow basic strategy increase the
casinos advantage upwards of 5% or so. And, if you believe in published "win
rate" figures casinos are winning over 10% of all money wagered at blackjack tables
across the country.