ChicagoSkinny
ChicagoSkinny
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February 21st, 2011 at 9:58:00 AM permalink
I've recently been playing blackjack that offers two side bets that I've never seen before. I never take them, obviously, but was surprised by the amount of people that do. I wanted to know if anyone had seen them before and had calculated the house advantage on them.

The first side bet offers 11:1 if your first two cards are a pair (KK, 77, etc.)

The second side bet offers 9:1 if your first two cards AND the dealers upcard are a "rummy" (3 of a kind, 3 card flush, or a 3 card straight (A23 and QKA BOTH count as winners).

Has anyone seen these two bets before or done any calculations on their house advantage?
mkl654321
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February 21st, 2011 at 10:04:55 AM permalink
Quote: ChicagoSkinny

I've recently been playing blackjack that offers two side bets that I've never seen before. I never take them, obviously, but was surprised by the amount of people that do. I wanted to know if anyone had seen them before and had calculated the house advantage on them.

The first side bet offers 11:1 if your first two cards are a pair (KK, 77, etc.)

The second side bet offers 9:1 if your first two cards AND the dealers upcard are a "rummy" (3 of a kind, 3 card flush, or a 3 card straight (A23 and QKA BOTH count as winners).

Has anyone seen these two bets before or done any calculations on their house advantage?



The first bet is wretched: it is 16-1 against getting a pair in a single deck game, slightly better in a shoe game. The second bet is probably just as bad.
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ChicagoSkinny
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February 21st, 2011 at 10:15:36 AM permalink
Forgot to mention that it is a 6 deck shoe.
Croupier
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February 21st, 2011 at 10:25:06 AM permalink
Quote: ChicagoSkinny

I've recently been playing blackjack that offers two side bets that I've never seen before. I never take them, obviously, but was surprised by the amount of people that do. I wanted to know if anyone had seen them before and had calculated the house advantage on them.

The first side bet offers 11:1 if your first two cards are a pair (KK, 77, etc.)

The second side bet offers 9:1 if your first two cards AND the dealers upcard are a "rummy" (3 of a kind, 3 card flush, or a 3 card straight (A23 and QKA BOTH count as winners).

Has anyone seen these two bets before or done any calculations on their house advantage?



These sound like the Perfect Pairs and 21+3 side bets.
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