Posted by ricardoro450
Jun 12, 2021

wager boxes 2 or 3 in blackjack

Hi, I was in a casino outside of the US where they only allow me to wager two boxes in blackjack instead of three, what is better for the player two or three boxes? Thanks in advance.


OnceDear Jun 13, 2021

Why would you want to wager in more than one box?

The house edge applies to the amount of money you place on the table. Makes no difference to the house edge whether you lay it in one box or five. Playing more than one box does tend to reduce volatility. I.e. you'll get more rounds where you pick up roughly what you put down. That may be at the expense of more won rounds, or more lost rounds.

Spreading to more than one box is only worth doing, financially, if you are card counting and just want to get more money down, or if you have some knowledge of what cards are about to come out.

ChumpChange Jun 14, 2021

If I had a buy-in of 10 units on a single spot, an American BJ table might require me to bet at least double the table minimum. So my $10 x 10 buy-in doubles to $200 for the double minimum, then doubles again because I'm playing two spots, so it's a $400 buy-in at a $20 table. Some American casinos require 5X the table minimum to play 3 spots. So my $10 x 10 buy-in at one spot quintuples because of the 5X minimum then triples again because I'm playing 3 spots, so it's a $1500 buy-in at a $50 table.

Since table minimums are elevated because of COVID, I'll put that in $25 terms. $250 buy-in for one spot; $1,000 buy-in for two spots; and $3,750 for 3 spots.

(a 1X, 4X, 15X ratio of buy-ins)

Of course if you were gonna play at or over 5X the table minimum no matter what, the buy-in ratios would be 1X, 2X, 3X.

Posted by ricardoro450
Oct 29, 2018

Triple 7 Side Bets

Whats better for the house edge to offer triple 7 side bonus bets with eight decks or six decks. i only found info relating 6 decks


gordonm888 Nov 01, 2018

The House Edge for the Triple 7 side bet is smaller with an increased number of decks.

Posted by ricardoro450
Mar 22, 2018

swap card in 5 card poker

In a previous casino that I visit, they offered the option to the player to swap one card by placing the equal amount of your ANTE wager.
What’s the house advantage or game odd by offering this side kick.
Thanks in advance !!


gordonm888 Mar 25, 2018

I think the game you saw is called Oasis Poker. See this page: Oasis Poker. House advantage is about 1.0%

Posted by ricardoro450
Apr 11, 2015

what its the real cost of $5 demo slot ticket used for promotional purpose..?

i was in a casino that they gave the hotel guest $5 DEMO slot ticket, whats the impact of this promotion in the slot hold percentage ? can you actually control this promotion so only one person plays only one ticket.


rdw4potus Apr 12, 2015

A $5 freeplay voucher is worth about $4.50 in cash. The slot machine holds about 10% of the play on this ticket just like it does on any other plays. Usually, the issuance of the tickets is somewhat tightly controlled. So only one ticket is released per hotel reservation. That being the case, it doesn't really matter who plays what tickets.

odiousgambit Apr 14, 2015

If Ricardo ever came back to see if anyone answered, he did not sign in

ricardoro450 Apr 18, 2015

thank for the answer rdw4potus.