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Blackjack Average: 2% house advantage Basic Strategy: 0.1-0.7% Rules vary from location to location: Las Vegas downtown single deck .17% Las Vegas strip 2 deck .20 Las Vegas strip 6 deck .36-.55 Reno single deck .43 Reno 2 decks .75 Atlantic Cty/Foxwoods 6-8 decks .44Spanish 21
According to The Wizard of Odds, Spanish 21 is a variation of blackjack that is one of the best bets in a casino. In locations where the dealer stands on a soft 17 or redoubling is allowed, Spanish 21 is probably a better bet than blackjack, depending on the specific blackjack rules.
The 10's are removed form a Spanish 21 deck (Face cards remain). This puts the odds in favor of the casino, but they make up for it with more liberal rules such as:
In some locations there is a side bet available if the either or both of the player's first two cards match the dealer's up card. In a six-deck game a non-suited match pays 4 to 1 and a suited match pays 9 to 1. In an eight-deck game a non-suited match pays 3 to 1 and a suited match pays 12 to 1. The six-deck game side bet has a house edge of 3.06%, with eight decks it is 2.99%.
Pass: 1.4% house edge. max odds casino edge Pass + odds: 0.85% single 0.85 place bets: 4,10 6.7% double 0.61 5, 9 4.0% triple 0.47 6, 8 1.5% 5-times 0.33 10-times 0.18 Big 6/8, Hard ways, any craps 9-11% Interactive Craps Table with explanation of bets.
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Video Poker First number payoff for a flush, second number payoff for a full house, and third number payoff for a royal flush. 5/6/800 5% 6/9/800 .46% ("Full pay") 6/9/1000 -0.07% Odds by game according to Wizard of Odds: House Edge Jacks or better simple strategy: 0.54% Jacks or better intermediate strategy: 0.48% Jacks or better optimal strategy: 0.46% Deuces wild simple strategy: -0.71% (odds in your favor) * Deuces wild optimal strategy: -0.77 (odds in your favor) * * Requires higher odds payouts. Most casinos only have a few of these machines. See strategy at the Wizard of Odds and Poker Odds here.
There are more sophisticated rules at the Wizard of Odds.The game is played almost strictly by Asians, and the rules and strategy are rather difficult to learn. The game is played on a blackjack-sized table, and is played with dominos, not cards.
To minimize the overall house edge the ratio of money wagered as banker is much more important than the strategy used. Assuming the player banked half of his/her total bets and used the same strategy as the dealer and other players the house edge would be about 1.5%.
See: Pai Gow at DiceDealer.com
House Advantages at Internet Gaming Commission
Bad Bets at casinoplayer.com
Practical Casino Math
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