Blackjack rules aren’t the same from casino to casino. I’m sure most casinos are happy if you believe this, but it’s not the truth.
The rules of the game can sometimes vary from casino to casino. Some rules will be casino favorable while others are favorable to the players. Some casinos try to give themselves an edge business-wise by offering players blackjack games with rules that favor the players.
Over the next few blogs posts I’ll cover what some of these player favorable rules are and why you want to play in games with these rules.
Single Deck Games
The first type of game for you to look for is a single deck game. When blackjack was first played in casinos it was played with only one deck. Over time the casinos figured out that they could increase their edge if they had each game played with more decks of cards. And that’s how we got to the six and eight deck games we have today. These multi-deck games give the house an increased edge by 0.5%.
But the single deck game has never died out. Over the last few years, casinos have begun offering single deck games to compete with their neighbors. But you would have to know that a single deck offers better player odds than a multi-deck game. The casinos that are not offering single deck games are hoping that players will remain ignorant and assume the there’s no difference between the two types of games.
But the one thing you want to watch out for when looking at single deck games are the ones that offer a 6-5 payout. The 6-5 payout actually cancels out the player favorable odds from the single deck game; in fact, the 6-5 payout actually increases the house edge.
When looking for a blackjack game, keep an eye open for single deck games, just not those with 6-5 payouts.
Keep an eye open for Player Favorable Blackjack Rules—Part II