House Of Blackjack
Enjoy A Free Game On The House
Enjoy A Free Game On The House
The house of blackjack - home of the world's most popular card game. The Hard Hand, Red Sevens, a Soft Hand, the Push, taking Insurance, Early Surrender, a Hot Deck - sweet music to the ears of avid blackjack gamblers.


Blackjack odds are of particular interest than those of other games due to the fact that blackjack is a game of skill. The house edge, or the odds against you, are not hard and fast like they are for other individual bets at other games. Each decision you make in blackjack changes your odds of success, and over time if you make more good decisions than bad decisions, you will have won more, or lost less.

There are a number of ways people attempt to bring blackjack odds into check, some more useful than others. The most consistent way to play blackjack as close to fair as you can without being mischievous is to follow basic blackjack strategy. Using these suggestions consistently for the table you're at will bring the house edge down to almost even. It's also not considered cheating, which is nice.

The biggest blackjack odds killer is card counting. Counting is the process of tracking large and small value cards as they leave the shoe, to gain a general sense of what's left in the deck. This knowledge lets you know when you have a slight advantage and a slight disadvantage, which you can use to lower the odds by betting big or betting small appropriately.

This approach is usually considered cheating, although truly, it isn't. You only ever use knowledge the casino presents to you. Even Vegas knows blackjack can be beat this way, and it's taking measures to prevent it. Playing at a major strip casino these days you see auto-shuffling shoes that shake the deck by its heels every few hands. Going downtown is a better bet to find a card counting friendly table.

Different rule changes can alter the house edge different amounts. Take a look at this very revealing chart of how much a rule change affects blackjack odds:

Rule Effect on Player Expectation
Two decks -0.32%
Four decks -0.48%
Six decks -0.54%
Eight decks -0.58%
Dealer hits soft 17 -0.20%
Double down only on 11 (no soft, no 10, no 9, no 8) -0.78%
Double down only on 10 or 11 (no soft, no 9, no 8) -0.26%
Double down only on 9, 10, 11 (no soft, no 8) -0.14%
No re-splitting of any pairs -0.03%
Dealer wins ties -9.00%
Natural pays 1 to 1 -2.32%
Natural pays 2 to 1 +2.32%
Double down on any number of cards +0.24%
Double down after splitting pairs +0.14%
Late surrender +0.06%
Early surrender +0.62%
Six-card winner +0.15%
Players 21 pushes dealer's 10-up Blackjack +0.16%
Re-splitting of aces +0.06%
Draw to split aces +0.14%

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