How Casinos Rip Off Bettors With Single Deck Blackjack

Players are accustomed to blackjack dealers who use a six deck shoe. The shoe is an auto-shuffle device that is employed to throw off card counters. Card counting is the practice of giving plusses or minuses to an overall sum derived from the remaining number of cards and their values. For casual players, the shoe is merely a facet of the game. For more advanced players, it represents a hurdle that enables more losses than wins.

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A few years ago, many casinos reintroduced single deck blackjack. The game is played with a single deck shoe minus, as usual, the Joker. Inexperienced and veteran players alike gravitate towards single deck blackjack like birds to seed. That is exactly what casinos want. Most players don’t check the payout odds at first, and when they do ask, they still won’t move because they believe their chances are better with a single deck.

Here’s the problem with all of that. None of those tables feature favourable 3:2 odds. They feature 6:5 odds. With 3:2 odds, if a player bets ten and hits blackjack or 21, they get fifteen. With 6:5 odds, they only get twelve back. Those odds allow the casino to snatch away lots of money without the player’s notice. If that doesn’t sound unreasonable, factor in seven such hands and many dozens of bettors over the course of a standard evening and that’s a lot of money sprouting wings!

Trying to play around 6:5 odds by doubling down or buying insurance — the dealers love to offer it — per bet is also disastrous in long term play. Both are simply loopholes that allow casinos to suck money like a vacuum cleaner. Insurance simply brings in a number card x-factor that supposedly guarantees a certain amount won whether the dealer produces higher or lower than, say, a 10. The win is typically a paltry amount and only players who lack confidence buy the insurance.

Doubling down is recommended by dealers as a way to make money in mid-play against 6:5 odds. The downside is the bettor can win double, or lose double his or her bet. However, over the course of many plays, average profit gained will almost certainly net under fifty or even forty percent. It’s not as bad as buying insurance but still not as good as playing multi-deck blackjack with 3:2 odds.

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