Rules to Improve Your Blackjack Odds

The better your blackjack odds are, the better your chances of taking home some extra money. Thankfully blackjack is one such game that you can do this with.

Blackjack is a casino game in which the odds are not set in stone, like how they are with a slots game. Tables and online blackjack games can have different rules that can either help improve your blackjack odds or hurt them. Naturally, you want to look for the rules that will improve your blackjack odds.

But do you know what house rules to be on the lookout for to improve your blackjack odds?

One of the best rules to look for is blackjacks that pay 2-1. This rule can increase your blackjack odds by 2.27%. With a 3-2 payout you would be paid $15 for a blackjack on a $10 wager. But your winnings for a blackjack at a 2-1 table is $20. You are being paid more for you blackjack and that hits the house harder.

Another good house rule to be on the lookout for is an automatic win for a Five Card Charlie. A Five Card Charlie is a hand of five cards whose total value is still less than 21. If you are playing at a table that allows a Five Card Charlie to beat anything the dealer has—a natural blackjack included—your blackjack odds can increase by 1.64%.

There is another 2-1 payout offered on some blackjacks: a 2-1 payout on suited blackjacks. At a table with this rule, a normal blackjack will receive a 3-2 payout, while a suited blackjack receives a 2-1 payout. A suited blackjack means one made up of an Ace and a 10 value card of the same suit: both clubs, both spades, both diamonds or both hearts. A 2-1 payout on a suited blackjack can increase your blackjack odds by 0.57%

So while you are out cruising the casino floor or the online casinos, keep an eye out for these rules. And if you find a game that has even one of them, jump and start playing so that you can take advantage of the increase to your blackjack odds.


I know that I have said that I am not much for blackjack variations. For me side bets that hurt a player’s blackjack odds just do not seem like a good idea. But I have found a blackjack variation with a rule that can increase a player’s blackjack odds without the nasty side bet.

This variation does not have an actual name like Switch or Perfect Pairs. This blackjack variation is only a variation because of the addition of the Charlie rule. Otherwise the game is the same. See, no side bets.

A Charlie in blackjack is when a player is dealt a certain number of cards and still has a hand total of less than 21. When a play has the right number of cards for a Charlie, he automatically wins no matter what the dealer has. You can see why I like this variation.

There is a Five Card Charlie, a Six Card Charlie and a Seven Card Charlie. And each one is simple to understand. A Five Card Charlie is made up of five cards whose hand total is less than 21.

Playing in a blackjack game that acknowledges Charlies can increase your blackjack odds. A Seven Card Charlie will lower the house edge by 0.01%, while a Six Card Charlie will lower the house edge by 0.16%. But the Five Card Charlie is the best one. It will lower the house edge by 1.46%.

Unfortunately not every casino offers blackjack games that will allow a Charlie hand to win. The best that you can do is check around in the casinos near you to see who allows Charlies and when they do.

This is one blackjack variation that I can get into since it can increase my odds and take away from the house edge. If you find a blackjack table that allows for Charlie hands to have an automatic win, then you need to sit down and play a few rounds.