While blackjack may have started out a single deck card game years and years ago, it has evolved since those days into a mere shadow of its former self. The odds have changed and so have so has its payout.
Which is why I shook my head and laughed when I read an article written by someone who obviously knew nothing about blackjack. According to them the best thing about single deck blackjack and their best reason for choosing a single deck game was because you got to hold the cards and could literally slap down a blackjack on the table.
Really? That is your reason for opting for single deck blackjack?
Well, buddy, you can enjoy that slapping and card holding but there are some things about single deck blackjack that will make a seasoned blackjack player who knows the truth about modern single deck games are more likely to seek out a multi deck game. And here is why:
Single deck blackjack games will, nine times out of ten, will offer a 6-5 payout as opposed to the good ol’ 3-2 payout for a natural blackjack. And that 6-5 payout is a pretty hefty hit to a player’s blackjack odds. Just playing in a game of blackjack with a 6-5 payout on a natural drives the house’s edge up by 1.39%.
Remember, yesterday I talked about what the house edge really is and how it is a reflection on a player’s expected loss on a wager. So let’s say that the game you are playing in is a single deck game with a house edge of 5%, meaning you can expect to lose 5% of your wager. Playing in a blackjack game with a 6-5 payout will increase the house edge to 6.39%. And that is the truth about single deck blackjack.
Just sitting down and allowing yourself to be tempted into playing in a single deck game will increase the amount of your wager that you can expect to lose on average. Why would you do that to yourself?