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The house edge is low, and as such is fine for BJ type games, - but it is the feel of the game, the "Gambler's GFE" that counts.

Quote:Romes....P(odd hand) = P(getting 1 odd and 1 even card) = P(odd) * P(even) = (5/13) * (8/13) = .3846 * .6154 = .2367 = 23.67% chance of getting an odd hand...

Your other points are also valid, but to me the worst "feel" of this game is going to be losing this mandatory side bet 75%+ of hands right after the initial deal with a maximum upside on the win of 2-1.

When I analysed it quickly using infinite deck I recall there were only two squares where the strategy depended on whether you had an Odds bet still running. So it might be easier to have one strategy card. Note that I separated hitting from Doubling - the latter knows whether you've started Even or Odd!Quote:WizardOpen 21...I welcome questions, comments, and especially corrections...

(i) There seems to be a misalignment in the Basic Strategy For Even Starting Hands s17 as the double 11 row is marked 13.

(ii) I think it's worth mentioning whether you split or double with (say) 3,3 vs 16 or similar.

(iii) The rules state the dealer stands on Soft 17 - so there's an argument to leave out that bit (or just say this is only in the UK at the moment).

(iv) 17-21 could be handled as "Stiffs" catering for both hard and soft totals where the final dealer's total is known (although I can see card dependent strategies may be different if there were any close decisions).

Note : I haven't checked my strategy and it comes out with a different House Edge, so there's probably something that I've missed.

Quote:Hunterhill

The odds bet is resolved before the player starts taking hits,so I don't think it will be that confusing.

Hi Hunterhill,

Thanks for pointing this out.

Open 21® Blackjack is very Easy and Simple. Just follow the 4 Simple steps (Dealing Procedures) as show below:

1. Each Player must make both a main wager and an Odds-Win wager equal to half his main wager.

2. Each Player and the Dealer receives two cards (All Face-up).

3. If the Player’s two-card hand total is Even then his Odds-Win wager loses; otherwise it remains in play.

4. Play continues as normal Blackjack and the Odds-Win wager (if any) is resolved in the following way:

a. If the Player wins on his hand, his Odds-Win wager (if any) wins 2 to 1.

b. If the Player pushes on his hand, his Odds-Win wager (if any) will push.

c. If the Player loses on his hand, his Odds-Win wager (if any) loses.

Even if the dealer has a natural 21?Quote:Rule 7If the player draws or doubles to 21 points, it shall be an immediate winner and pay 1-1.

Quote:DJTeddyBearEven if the dealer has a natural 21?

Yes, Even if the dealer has a natural 21 (Blackjack).

Quote:ParadigmYour other points are also valid, but to me the worst "feel" of this game is going to be losing this mandatory side bet 75%+ of hands right after the initial deal with a maximum upside on the win of 2-1.

Hi Paradigm,

The Probability of a Odd Total on the initial 2 card dealt in a 6-Deck game is 47.4895%.

Notes: (An odd number + even number = odd number) or (A even number + an odd number = odd number).

Quote:DJTeddyBear...Even if the dealer has a natural 21?

The players and dealer will see the dealer's natural 21 as soon as it is dealt, and thus the dealer will not allow any player to take hits or double-down.

Edit: I defer to Mr. Casino Games on this one. The dealer's natural is just counted as a regular 21, and will be beaten by players' 21s.

Quote:ChesterDogThe players and dealer will see the dealer's natural 21 as soon as it is dealt, and thus the dealer will not allow any player to take hits or double-down.

Hi ChesterDog,

In Open 21® Blackjack:

* A Dealer’s two-card total of 21 does not count as a natural blackjack, and only acts as an ordinary total of 21; the player will still be able to play out their hand.

* Any other player total of 21 (including after hitting, splitting and/or doubling) pays at a rate of 1:1 and wins against any dealer hand.

Quote:MrCasinoGamesHi Paradigm,

The Probability of a Odd Total on the initial 2 card dealt in a 6-Deck game is 47.4895% (Notes: An odd number + even number = odd number).

Thanks MCG, I was going off of Romes calculation above. His number is about 1/2 of your number and makes me think he didn't consider that order of whether an Odd or Even card comes first is irrelevant...so should his calculation should be multiplied by 2? This is a better number than his for sure ;-).