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Favorite Blackjack Side Bet?
Posted: 07 January 2009 09:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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What is your favorite Blackjack side bet?

My favorite is Field of Gold where the first 2 cards that each player has are used for wins. I have never been able to get an Ace/Jack Suited, but it is my dream! It’s actually pretty good, and the house advantage isn’t too high. I know some of the side bets have a huge house advantage, but this one isn’t too bad.

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Posted: 08 January 2009 01:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Here is my system, for me so far it isn’t a loser, I call it: the lose less progression.

Where I play the house advantage is .69% if I play perfect basic strategy (well, I play an almost perfect basic strategy; I haven’t memorised all multiple hands of 16 vs 10, have you?)

Anyway, the house advantage is very small, but it is still there. I figure if I could lose less money than the flat better, I would be well off and I would challenge the house advantage. Can it be done without counting? Yes and no. My negative progression aims at loosing less money, not winning; here it is:

(10$ table, DAS, H17, 8 decks, no surrender, peek, max bet 500$)

10-10-11-12-15-20-30-50-90-170-330

Anytime the progression goes up and you win, you go back to minimum bet. Notice (do the arithmetic) anytime you win when the progression goes up, you lose less money than the flat better. Say you win at 11$, you have lost 9$; the flat better has lost 10. Double or split according to basic strategy, but if you have a small bankroll, you need not double, but splitting with the no DAS rule would be a good defensive measure.

How often do you lose 11 hands in a row excluding pushes? It will happen, sometime in someone’s lifetime. Again, my progression is called LOSE LESS, not win more.

Try it, good luck and have fun!

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Posted: 08 January 2009 04:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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TIE BREAKER

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at one time offered a side bet on a tie at two of their blackjack tables. If the player and dealer do tie the side bet pays 10 to 1. The player may bet no more than 50% of their original blackjack wager on the side bet. If the player splits he must also split the side bet.

The combined house edge of the blackjack wager and the side bet is about 0.5% of the blackjack wager. For example if the player bets $100 on the blackjack wager and $50 on the side bet the total expected loss is 50 cents. It is based on 8 decks and the dealer hitting a soft 17.

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Posted: 08 January 2009 08:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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My method is use a 50% positive progression.

Although a lot of people say that this is no different than flat betting, I still do it.

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Posted: 16 January 2009 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I love… Pair Play

Just like the Macau casinos, this is a bet that you will be dealt any pair. It doesn’t matter how you play your hand or if you win. If a pair comes up you are paid 11: 1.

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Posted: 17 January 2009 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Same pinch regi21, I too love playing pairs. Its adds spice to blackjack. BTW I am interested to visit HK & Macau pretty soon and I might visit a casino there. Can you refer a good casino in macau? I would love earning 11:1 wink)

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Posted: 23 April 2009 10:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for your advice bodog. I will go to the casino this night and I will try your technique. Actually, I’m experimenting different techniques, maybe this one is better.

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Posted: 28 August 2010 02:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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You guys should come to Mississippi and play single deck and 2 deck black jack with me.  Forget 8 decks, right?  Min is $5 a hand max is $1,000.  Come make a killing

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Posted: 30 December 2013 11:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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regi21 - 16 January 2009 11:11 AM

I love… Pair Play

Just like the Macau casinos, this is a bet that you will be dealt any pair. It doesn’t matter how you play your hand or if you win. If a pair comes up you are paid 11: 1.

There is an online version called Perfect Pairs at Wild Jack Casino. It works like this. Mixed Pair (different colors) pays 7:1. Colored Pair (same color) pays 15:1. Perfect Pair (same suit) (it’s a 2-deck game) pays 30:1. I enjoy playing it; it adds a little something extra to the regular blackjack game. In my experience, Perfect Pairs are rare (I have hit it a few times) but Mixed Pair and Colored Pair pay out pretty regularly.

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