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May 2nd, 2017 at 4:19:52 PM permalink
I wanted to learn something about Half Back Blackjack. I didn't find much googling, but I did see a short video with the Wizard. There does not appear to be an analysis on Wizard's site, unless I am missing it. Any info from the group? Thanks.
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May 2nd, 2017 at 4:34:46 PM permalink
Half Back BJ rack card

It's a fun spin on BJ where a player places two equal wagers, and on weak starting hands from 13-16 the player has the option of pulling back one of the two wagers, effectively taking "half back" on their weak hand...

Where did you see/learn of the game? It took second place at last year's (2015) cutting edge conference.
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May 2nd, 2017 at 6:15:19 PM permalink
Quote: mrsuit31

Half Back BJ rack card

It's a fun spin on BJ where a player places two equal wagers, and on weak starting hands from 13-16 the player has the option of pulling back one of the two wagers, effectively taking "half back" on their weak hand...

Where did you see/learn of the game? It took second place at last year's (2015) cutting edge conference.




Thank you for the link and the reply, Mr. Suit. I'm going to send you a personal message if you don't mind. Thanks.

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May 2nd, 2017 at 6:40:55 PM permalink
Not a problem BB
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May 3rd, 2017 at 2:26:57 AM permalink
Interesting observation for Paradigm, and in looking at the game again, I see a single main bet variation of this:

any one main bet may be returned half on a dealer's 13 to 16 (helped with an even amount bet, or 50c pieces in the rack), and splits given the option for the main bet to be split in half also; splitting 8's against an Ace or ten, for example. This way, it's a single main bet game, and not an "ugg, I gotta play two units to play" game. Hmm. Might also be good as a $6 min or $10 min single bet game.

Kind of like "surrender AND free splits allowed," with free splits not increasing the amount to be won like in Free Bet, (as removing the dealer stiff card doesn't return as much as Geoff's Push-22 mechanism to do so).
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May 3rd, 2017 at 5:17:32 AM permalink
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I wanted to learn something about Half Back Blackjack...



Hi bobbartop. I'm a co-inventor and developer of the game.

Mr. Suit's general description of the game is accurate, but the 'linked to' rack card on Paradigm's website is not updated to include the 'Upcard Bonus' side bet that offsets the compensating rule in the game: that the dealer replaces (one time) any upcard 3 through 6 with the next card in the shoe. The added side bet has a scaled paytable that essentially pays if the replaced upcard improves the player's hand (7 - A), with the highest pay being for a resulting dealer blackjack. Also, the rack card that I use has a simple strategy on the front and no full strategy on the back.

Currently, the only place to play Half Back Blackjack is at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, CA, where it survived its trial and is doing well.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 5:45:10 AM permalink
Quote: Paigowdan

Interesting observation for Paradigm, and in looking at the game again, I see a single main bet variation of this:

any one main bet may be returned half on a dealer's 13 to 16 (helped with an even amount bet, or 50c pieces in the rack), and splits given the option for the main bet to be split in half also; splitting 8's against an Ace or ten, for example. This way, it's a single main bet game, and not an "ugg, I gotta play two units to play" game. Hmm. Might also be good as a $6 min or $10 min single bet game....



PG Dan: I'm not very active here, but since Paradigm's away on a one-week cruise, I'll respond on his behalf.

Yes, the game is designed as a $10 game to avoid a rack cluttered with silver. But $6 would indeed be appropriate for some 'locals' casinos, especially at certain times of the day and week.

Benefit-wise, the feature that I believe is most appealing to players is the feeling that they get to 'double down' on 19s, 20s and 21s, which is not technically correct, but is a perception since they get to pull down half on their 'crappiest' hands.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 11:00:11 AM permalink
Harry,
True, perception counts a great deal.

Good game design is a scenario of the "very best player view and sense" of the game play, and I think you guys nailed it down as is, and you guys make the call; just an observation here.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 11:15:20 AM permalink
Thanks Dan. Always good to get your professional input.
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May 3rd, 2017 at 12:01:01 PM permalink
Quote: Lucky

Hi bobbartop. I'm a co-inventor and developer of the game.

Mr. Suit's general description of the game is accurate, but the 'linked to' rack card on Paradigm's website is not updated to include the 'Upcard Bonus' side bet that offsets the compensating rule in the game: that the dealer replaces (one time) any upcard 3 through 6 with the next card in the shoe. The added side bet has a scaled paytable that essentially pays if the replaced upcard improves the player's hand (7 - A), with the highest pay being for a resulting dealer blackjack. Also, the rack card that I use has a simple strategy on the front and no full strategy on the back.




Thank you for the reply, Lucky. I was hoping you could shine some light on house edge. I have not actually seen it in action yet but hear that it has been received well. Hope to give it a spin in a few days. Wish you and it success. Thanks.

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