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Blackjack - Odds of Winning

Blackjack is a skill-based casino game. For some games it is possible to improve your chances of winning by learning more about the game or by developing skills as a player. This is because players must make decisions that can affect the outcome of the game. For example, there are different strategies for playing blackjack. If you understand blackjack strategy, you can improve your decision-making and your chances of winning.

But don't be fooled, chance still plays a big part. No matter your skill level, you still can't control the hand you're dealt. The best players in the world know when it's time to fold.

In Blackjack, while the shuffling of the cards can produce a random deal, there is still an element of decision-making that can affect a player's results. One strategy some blackjack players use in an effort to maximize their results is a €œbasic strategy€.

Basic strategy is a set of rules that tells the player the statistically best way to play a hand based on two factors — the dealer's up card and their own cards. Basic strategy doesn't ensure a player will win every hand. Using basic strategy does however, give a player the best possible chance of winning and will help minimize the cost of play over time. Many casinos distribute basic strategy cards that a player can use while they are playing.

The house advantage in Blackjack varies from a high of 1.9% to a low of 0.54% if you are employing "basic blackjack strategy".


BLACKJACK PAYOUTS

All winning bets are paid even money except for Blackjack, which pays 3 to 2. When a push occurs, you keep your original bet.A Blackjack (two cards that equal 21) beat all other combinations of cards that equal 21. A two-card 21 on split hands is not a Blackjack.


BLACKJACK VARIATIONS PAYOUTS

All winning bets are paid even money except for Blackjack, which pays 3 to 2. When a push occurs, you keep your original bet.A Blackjack (two cards that equal 21) beat all other combinations of cards that equal 21. A two-card 21 on split hands is not a Blackjack.

Lucky Ladies Blackjack Payouts

Players are paid 4 to 1 or up to 1000 to 1, depending on the type of cards:

 

Cards        Pays
 Queen of Hearts Pair with Dealer Blackjack          
1,000:1
Queen of Hearts Pair 125:1
Matched 20 19:1
Suited 20 9:1
Any 20 4:1

Note: Only highest payout paid per player. Matched 20 are two identical cards. The minimum and maximum wagering limits of the Lucky Ladies wager are determined by the house.

Double Deck Blackjack Payouts

Double Deck Blackjack payouts are the same as Basic Blackjack or Lucky Ladies blackjack payouts.

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