DWMDWM
DWMDWM
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May 22nd, 2021 at 12:53:00 PM permalink
Hi all -

New poster here. I know you should always avoid 6-5 tables but I am going on a trip with some friends and that is the only thing offered. So my question is do the odds favor you doubling your hand rather than taking the 6-5 payout for any dealer starting hands?

Thanks in advance for any and all information!
unJon
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May 22nd, 2021 at 1:28:25 PM permalink
Under basic strategy you should not double down. If you are counting, then that could be a different story.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
Dieter
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May 22nd, 2021 at 1:30:35 PM permalink
No*.

Fortunately house rules at many tables do not allow doubling or hitting a soft 21, natural or split.

They may offer a different 21 game like Super Fun 21 or Spanish 21 that does better for you. Basic strategies for these will be different than Blackjack, but if you have time to ask this on a forum, you have time to look those up.

*I won't get sore if someone has better math on this and contradicts me.*
May the cards fall in your favor.
DWMDWM
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May 22nd, 2021 at 1:54:53 PM permalink
Thank you, Dieter. This casino does allow it. The math does not support it though?
unJon
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:01:11 PM permalink
I guess my answer wasn稚 clear enough? 6/5 basic strategy says do not double down on blackjack. That means the math does not support it. Unless the count is high enough.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
DJTeddyBear
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:09:54 PM permalink
It could be worth it just for the entertainment value of all the reactions of the other players.
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DWMDWM
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:11:31 PM permalink
Sorry, I didn稚 see this reply. Thank you!
Dieter
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:19:21 PM permalink
Long run, 1.2x your bet to stand; .68x your bet to double vs 6. Other dealer hands are worse.

WoO ev data

Sometimes you miss and lose when you double.

Talk your friends into going elsewhere if you're serious; otherwise have fun spending money.
Splitting tens and then doubling your hard 11's can be quite amusing at a $3 table minimum - it's just not "the mathematically sound recommended way".
May the cards fall in your favor.
DWMDWM
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:23:19 PM permalink
Thank you for the detail, Dieter!
ChumpChange
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May 22nd, 2021 at 2:26:08 PM permalink
Casinos are quick to kick people out who split their tens, so I can't imagine the hospital bills when you double down on a blackjack.

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