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May 6th, 2015 at 6:37:10 AM permalink


In doing a review of Soft Magic Dice I came upon a blackjack game with the following rules:

  • Single deck.
  • Blackjack pays 3-2.
  • No dealer hole card.
  • Dealer stands on soft 17.
  • EARLY SURRENDER against 10 and ace.
  • Player may double on 9 to 11.
  • Player may double on three or more cards.
  • Double after split allowed.
  • Player may not re-split.


These rules can be found on the Classic and Surrender versions of blackjack.

I haven't seen rules this good ... ever. The old Unified Gaming software of the late 90's had similar rules except didn't allow doubling on three or more cards.

Assuming total-dependent basic strategy, the player advantage is 0.71%. You can bump it up to 0.75% with composition-dependent strategy.

Here is the basic strategy:



The maximum bet under these rules is $20. If that is too low, the Royal Blackjack table has a max bet of $200 and a player advantage of 0.60%.

There is also a 444% sticky bonus for new players.

This casino and software are both new so haven't earned Wizard approved status yet. Neither do we have anything bad on them. If you're interested in playing please click through this link and you will enjoy Wizard player protection.

If any of you play, please let me know how you did. Personally I deposited $200, which was matched with $888, and I eventually lost it all. I'm currently working through my second deposit of $300 and am up a little bit.

Update: Since writing this post I have added Mission2Game to my online casino blacklist. So play at your own risk. The "Wizard Guarantee" no longer applies to this casino.
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:15:50 AM permalink
So how does any casino offer a game like this? I am asking this question with all honestly trying to see what I am missing. Options I am coming up include inexperienced operators who didn't do the math, arrogant owners who feel most people wont play correctly and they will overcome the positive edge and still make money, crooked owners who wont pay out it they take a large hit, or any combination of all of these.

I am not looking for a reason not to play, I just am looking at the too good to be true angle. As always, Thanks for your information.
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:16:07 AM permalink
Great find, Mike. Indeed sounds too good to be true. How do you know it is in fact Single Deck?

Edit: Very small amount of data, but giving it a little test thus far I think I've won 10 out of 100 hands =P. Oh boy, variance, or...
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:48:13 AM permalink
Quote: Boz

So how does any casino offer a game like this?



I think it is ignorance of the rules. They probably just didn't know that mixing the European no hole card and surrender is very powerful in the player's favor. Also, allowing doubling on three or more cards tell me that they just didn't know the rule is normally for two cards only.

My advice is hit it while you can.
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:49:23 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I think it is ignorance of the rules. They probably just didn't know that mixing the European no hole card and surrender is very powerful in the player's favor. Also, allowing doubling on three or more cards tell me that they just didn't know the rule is normally for two cards only.

My advice is hit it while you can.


Down $500 (of my bonus) in about 45 minutes... betting $20/hand. I'm trying =/. Does it explicitly state somewhere that it IS in fact single deck?

EDIT: I also noticed the "Gamble" feature when you win. It takes you to another screen where you have your original bet + winnings and you can bet on the color of the card (at a 2-1 payout) or the suit (at a 4-1 payout). Wouldn't the color be 50-50? Thus, either they ensure you don't win 50% of the time, or this 2-1 "gamble" is hugely profitable?
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:53:09 AM permalink
Quote: Romes

Down $500 (of my bonus) in about 45 minutes... betting $20/hand. I'm trying =/. Does it explicitly state somewhere that it IS in fact single deck?

EDIT: I also noticed the "Gamble" feature when you win. It takes you to another screen where you have your original bet + winnings and you can bet on the color of the card (at a 2-1 payout) or the suit (at a 4-1 payout). Wouldn't the color be 50-50? Thus, either they ensure you don't win 50% of the time, or this 2-1 "gamble" is hugely profitable?



Unless the game is rigged...
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May 6th, 2015 at 7:56:53 AM permalink
Quote: bobsims

Unless the game is rigged...


As I mentioned: "either they ensure you don't win 50% of the time, or..." Also, with this "double up" feature, you can keep doing it. So you could bet $1 on the BJ hand, which you have a .71% advantage on, then you could parlay your $2 winnings as many times as you want, getting 2-1 on an even money bet...?
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May 6th, 2015 at 8:05:12 AM permalink
Yep, 0-10 (.098%) when "gambling" anything over $20... lol. I know it's early, with little data... but I'm fairly confident being down $1000 in 1 hour at a single deck game betting an average of about $15/hand, when I have a supposed advantage of .71%, is BS. Proceed with caution.
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May 6th, 2015 at 8:10:55 AM permalink
Finally won 1 double up (1 out of 15, on a 50% 'gamble)... It pays 1-1 even though it says it pays 2-1. False advertising.
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May 6th, 2015 at 8:20:12 AM permalink
Quote: Boz

So how does any casino offer a game like this? I am asking this question with all honestly trying to see what I am missing. Options I am coming up include inexperienced operators who didn't do the math, arrogant owners who feel most people wont play correctly and they will overcome the positive edge and still make money, crooked owners who wont pay out it they take a large hit, or any combination of all of these.

I am not looking for a reason not to play, I just am looking at the too good to be true angle. As always, Thanks for your information.

It's just like anything else in casino's where they make a mistake.

There have been online casino's that have made mistakes and the casino got crushed and paied everyone.

I don't know anything about this patiparticular Casino. The last really good VP The Wizard posted about was gone very soon after it was posted.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪

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