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Since that time I have seen it displayed at the Global Gaming Expo, where I have been given rule updates. Streak is a simple bet on winning a specified number of consecutive bets.
If the player splits then it is the net win that counts toward whether the hand as a whole won or lost. For example if the player split and won one hand and pushed the other the hand would count as a net win. In the event of a push or breaking even after a split the hand would not count for purposes of the side bet, neither advancing the number of consecutive wins nor breaking the winning streak.
The player may bet on a winning streak from 2 to 5, or as many of these as desired. My blackjack appendix 4 addresses the probability of a net win or loss. However that table includes surrender, which is usually not offered, and a player may decline to take anyway, if a Streak bet were on the line. So I reran my simulation with the following rules: Here are the results of the simulation. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 0.
This may look a bit high for the rules, especially against my blackjack calculator. Most house edge figures, including those of my calculator are based on a continuously shuffled game. The use of a cut card, as was the case in this simulation, adds 0. For more information on the cut card effect please see my blackjack appendix The probability of winning n hands in a row is simply 0.
The following return tables show the pay table, probability of winning, and return for all four streak bets, under both the new and old rules. The table above shows that under the new, more liberal, rules the best bet is on a streak of 4, with a house edge of 3. This pair of side bets pay even money if the player can correctly bet if the sum of the player's first two cards will be over or under Aces count as 1.
At the Majestic Casino in Panama City, Panama, the player may also bet on exactly 13, which pays 10 to 1. The following is the house edge according to the number of decks. The house edge for exactly 13 is calculated at 10 to 1. It wins if the player's first two cards are a pair, usually more for a suited pair. I have seen or heard of a number of pay tables through the years. Following are return tables for some of them.
The next table summarizes the house edge for all known pay tables by number of decks. A negative house edge denotes a player advantage, for a combination of pay table and number of decks you're unlikely to ever see, but let me know if you do. Pair Play is a simple side bet by Pala Interactive that pays 11 to 1 if the player's first two cards form a pair.
It is mathematically the same as the two pair bets in baccarat. The following table shows the possible outcomes in a six-deck game, the number used in the Side Bet Blackjack game by Pala Interactive. The lower right cell shows a house edge of It was dealt from a six-deck game.
The bet wins if the player has a pair for his initial two cards, more if they are suited. Unlike the normal Bet the Set, if the player has a pair he has a chance for big wins if the dealer also has a pair of the same rank.
If the player gets a colored four of a kind not only is he paid to 1, but also wins a progressive jackpot. In addition, there are envy bonuses if another player gets a colored four of a kind. The following table shows the odds for a six-deck game, before considering the jackpot and envy bonuses.
When I first saw this bet years ago at Caesars Palace it was just called the "tie. The bet wins if the player and dealer do tie and pays 10 to 1. If the player splits he must also split the side bet. If the player doubles, he does not double the side bet. For the analysis I assumed for the following blackjack rules: Winning blackjack pays 3 to 2.
Dealer hits soft Double after split allowed. The following table shows the proper basic strategy assuming the maximum side bet is played and the rules above. Assuming the rules and strategy above, I show an overall house edge of 0.
If a winning blackjack paid , then the house edge would be 1. In August I noticed another version of side betting on a tie in blackjack at Harrah's Las Vegas. Unlike version 1, where all ties pay 10 to 1, at Harrah's you could bet on all six possible ties individually, or on a low or a high tie. As I recall, the rules were:. The layout has betting circles for 17, 18, 19, and LS left side tie wagers on the left of the betting circle for the blackjack wagers.
The other four tie wagers are on the right side. The player may bet up to half his blackjack wager on the sum of the four left side tie wagers, and likewise up to half on on the right side. If the player does bet a tie, it significantly changes the strategy. The player will do more hitting, and less of everything else. There is a separate strategy for each tie wager. I won't bother to publish them unless the game gets a significant number of placements. I spent all day trying to analyze this one, but the doubling and splitting rules made it too difficult.
So I'm quoting below pay table 4 from the game owner's web site, blackjacktie. It is played with a six-deck shoe and pays based on the player's first two cards. The following table shows each paying hand, the probability, payoff, and contribution to the total return. The lower right cell shows a return of Here is the house edge for other numbers of decks. It simply pays 11 to 1 if the player's first two cards are a pair. Six decks are used.
The probability of a pair is 0. Please see my page on Lucky Ladies for more information on this side bet. As the name implies, this is a blackjack side bet with a progressive jackpot. I saw this side bet at the New York New York casino, where they had three tables tied into the same progressive. At this time, I was told they recently put it in place and nobody had hit the jackpot yet.
Before dealing a new hand, the dealer presses a button, the dollars vanish, and a light designates who made the bet. The following table shows what each winning hand pays, the probability based on the dealer peeking for blackjack , and the contribution to the return. The above table shows an expected return of The general formula for the return is Also note there are no basic strategy deviations for this side bet. If the player gets two aces, then he should split anyway, which guarantees two more cards.
It is unclear to me what events cause the meter to go up and down. If this is the case, then the meter contribution rate is Mikohn also mentions that part of each dollar goes to a higher reseed of the next jackpot. Here is another version that has been seen at Internet casinos using Cryptologic software. The game uses eight decks of cards. The general formula for the return is 0. Twin blackjack is not a side bet, but a variation of the game of blackjack.
I saw the game at the Stardust in August, Each position has two betting spots. If the player makes a bet in both of them he will play out two hands against the dealer's up card. In the event the player gets two blackjacks called twin blackjacks they both shall pay If the player gets two identical blackjacks called identical twin blackjacks both shall pay The lower right cell in the table shows the twin blackjack rules add about 0.
However, as usual with novelty games, you give more than you get back. In this case, the player may NOT double after a split and the number of splits per hand is lowered from 3 to 2.
Under the normal Stardust 6-deck rules the house edge is 0. Under these rules, not including the twin blackjack bonuses, the house edge is 0. Overall the house edge is 0. Perfect Pairs is a blackjack side bet found in casinos in Australia, Macau, and London.
It pays if the player's first two cards are a pair. The following table shows the specifics. A "perfect pair" is two identical cards like two ace of spades.
A "colored pair" is two cards of the same rank and color like the ace of spades and ace of clubs. There are four pay tables that I am aware of, which are referred to as A to D below.