blackhawkphil
blackhawkphil
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May 1st, 2017 at 7:41:23 PM permalink
I know a player in BlackHawk that spent this last weekend crushing a Buffalo Blackjack table.
He did it by playing the "Magic 21" side bet (matching his blackjack wager).
His strategy was simple, he hit everything 19 and lower, regardless of what the dealer had showing. He always split 10's to try for 21.
Obviously he busted more often than not, but would get big payoffs for catching 21.
(7-card 21's pay 25-1.)

I haven't been able to find odds for this strategy anywhere, I only can find odds for playing the "bust bonus" side bet which this player was not using.
ChesterDog
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May 1st, 2017 at 9:11:29 PM permalink
Here is a Wizard of Vegas thread about those bets. Also, here is a rack card for the bet.

What are the bet size limits, is the table H17 or S17, and is this the pay table?
player BJ 6:1
2 card 21 (after splitting) 6:1
3 card 21 8:1
4 card 21 9:1
5 & 6 card 21 10:1
7+ card 21 25:1

I will try to find a rough strategy (based on infinite decks) to minimize the loss assuming equal main and side bets.
blackhawkphil
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May 2nd, 2017 at 9:58:27 AM permalink
The dealer hits soft 17, and that is the correct pay table. The table uses 6 decks.
I saw the previous thread but it looks like the focus went straight to the "bust bonus" side bet.

This player was betting $100 (max bet in CO) for the main wager as well as on the Magic 21 and playing 2-4 spots per hand. He had huge wins on 4 consecutive days by playing ultra aggressive and hitting until he got 21 or busted. He always split 10s.
jackofallcards
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July 3rd, 2017 at 7:04:08 PM permalink
Was he always playing the max bet and playing late in the shoe?
Wizard
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July 3rd, 2017 at 7:10:08 PM permalink
I'm still hoping to hear how splitting affects this bet before taking time to analyze it.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
blackhawkphil
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July 3rd, 2017 at 7:29:28 PM permalink
Always played max bet from beginning to end of the shoe.
blackhawkphil
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July 3rd, 2017 at 7:30:06 PM permalink
Same pay table applies after splitting.
StrangeMage
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July 20th, 2017 at 4:00:34 PM permalink
if i get two aces and i've got $100 on the main bet, $100 on the side and i want to split my A's, do i need to add an additional $100 for the side bet split?

if not, what happens if i get a face on one ace, and a non-face on the other. i've got two hands, one with 21, one without.

@wizard , it sounds like this one might want to stay quiet for a little bit :D
ChesterDog
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July 20th, 2017 at 4:09:30 PM permalink
Quote: StrangeMage

if i get two aces and i've got $100 on the main bet, $100 on the side and i want to split my A's, do i need to add an additional $100 for the side bet split?...



Unless the rules have changed, you would need an additional $100 for the side bet split. This despite the original rule that the side bet had to be an even amount, which implied that the side bet would be split in half with 1/2 being put on each hand.

Does Colorado still have this 21 Magic side bet on Buffalo Blackjack?
CrystalMath
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July 20th, 2017 at 7:09:27 PM permalink
Quote: ChesterDog

Unless the rules have changed, you would need an additional $100 for the side bet split. This despite the original rule that the side bet had to be an even amount, which implied that the side bet would be split in half with 1/2 being put on each hand.

Does Colorado still have this 21 Magic side bet on Buffalo Blackjack?



Not sure. As of last week, casinos were limiting the amount of the bet and some told me they were removing it soon. Currently, no casino offers it for $100.

Yes, you must also match your side bet on a split.
I heart Crystal Math.

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