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May 29th, 2010 at 1:53:12 AM permalink
A casino near me regularly mails out coupons that players can use as a "Free Ace" on any one hand. If a player uses it, he is dealt only one card for that round, with the second card being an automatic Ace. For example, if the player gets a 5, he plays his hand as a soft 16. The coupon is good for bets of up to $100.

What is the expected value of this coupon for non-card counters?
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May 29th, 2010 at 3:48:56 AM permalink
The Wizard's Blackjack Appendix 14 gives the expected value of each card as the initial player card. As you can see, the expected value of this coupon is just over $50.
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May 29th, 2010 at 4:58:43 AM permalink
Quote: ZPP

value of this coupon is just over $50.

IF it is used in conjunction with a 100.00 wager.

Rarely do casinos put such high value coupons in their mailers. They must think it will be redeemed for a smaller bet.
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August 2nd, 2011 at 2:12:46 PM permalink
I just got one of these coupons in the mail with the stipulation that Blackjack pays even money. You may bet up to $100. The WoO chart referenced above must assume 3-2 pay on BJ. I am thinking it will still be worth mazimizing? Any opinions?
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August 20th, 2011 at 1:26:16 PM permalink
A couple of players I know will double down after getting an even money blackjack on a free play coupon. This of course has to be in a casino that allows doubling a natural.

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