With more and more casinos going to a 6:5 blackjack payoff, you should  understand the significant difference this makes.

The casual blackjack player is not going to care, or may not even realize there can be a different payout on blackjack from table to table.  They may feel they would rarely get blackjack, so it’s no big deal to them.

The problem is that the difference can really hurt your potential profits.  The draw to these games is that they’re usually single-deck games, which many casual players feel is more advantageous.

The odds of hitting a blackjack are actually 1 in every 21 hands over a lifetime, coincidentally. For example, if you’re playing at a 4-handed table, for five hours, at a $10 per hand, you’ll probably hit 21 blackjacks in that time period.

Out of those 21 blackjacks, let’s say you push on 2 of them because the dealer is mean like that.  You’ll be paid on 19 blackjacks. At 6:5 on a $10 bet, you’ll be paid $12. At 3:2 on a $10 bet, you’ll be paid $15.  That makes for a difference of $57.  Because the house pays 6:5, instead of the traditional 3:2, they have ripped you off of $57!  That may not seem like a lot, but if you played 10 times, being cheated out of $57 each session, that’s $570 after 10 visits!

That payout difference gives the house about a 1.4% additional edge in the game.  If you only play once or twice a year, it won’t be a big deal to you, but if you’re going to be a regular player, it’s a killer!

Here’s a chart that shows the results of that difference:

Blackjack PayoffStandard Daily Win/Loss RangeAve. Daily ResultAverage YearStatistical Odds Against a Winning Year
3 -to- 2+$210/-$265($28)($330)2 to 1
6 -to- 5+$150/-$325($88)($1,000)9 to 1

Additional drawbacks of a 6:5 payoff:

  • If you don’t make a bet divisible by 5, your payoff will not be totally paid at 6:5.  For instance, if you bet $8, you will get $6 for the first $5, but the last $3 will be paid at even money, resulting in a payout of $9. (instead of the $9.60 it should be at full odds) At a 3:2 odds payout, any even amount bet will get the full 3:2 payout.
  • The even money payoff on a blackjack if the dealer shows an Ace, is not allowed in a 6:5 game because of the uneven payout.
  • It also impacts dealer tips. In a 3:2 game, a $1 tip to the dealer pays him $1.50, whereas as $1 tip in a 6:5 game is only a $1, because small change is not handled. (the tip should pay $1.20)
  • Not really a drawback, but you wouldn’t find a 6:5 payout on a high stakes table. The high rollers know better than to stand for that ripoff!

Final Thoughts

Remember, blackjack is popular because the house edge is low, now casinos are looking to change that and this is a simple way for them to up their edge.  They know the casual tourist player, or uninformed beginner, will not realize the difference.

Try not to play at 6:5 tables.  Don’t fall for the single-deck ploy and lower minimum bets, it’s not a better deal if blackjack pays 6:5.  Perhaps if casinos see a drop in play at the 6:5 tables, they’ll bring back more 3:2 tables, which is what we want!  Unfortunately, it will probably end up the way it’s going now…more 6:5 tables with lower minimum bets, and the 3:2 payout tables left for the high stakes players.


Have you ever thought about entering a slot tournament at a casino?  With the winning prizes getting bigger and bigger, it’s definitely worth a try. 

Those people that have entered seem to be having a lot of fun. Unfortunately, there is no real strategy to guarantee a win in a slot tournament.  There is nothing you can do to change the results of a slot machine spin, they are totally random.

Slot tournaments are run either based on a certain time limit or a certain number of credits.  The time limit format is the most common and what I will discuss here.

To improve your chance to win, you want to get in the most spins within that time period.  That’s why you see the experienced players just continually pressing the spin button.  You don’t want to wait for credits to add up, the machine will catch up with you.

You also shouldn’t get caught watching the results of a big winning spin, or a near miss, just keep pressing.  You have to keep your focus and concentration on pressing the spin button.

Keeping your focus and concentration also means not watching other players or any other distraction.  Your goal is to get as many spins in as you can.  Checking out the competition while you’re playing, is a waste of time and money!  You can find out what they did when you’re done!

Strategy in a Nutshell:

  • Get to the tournament a little bit early to relax and adjust to the atmosphere
  • If you have a lucky charm, bring it!
  • Once it starts, just keep spinning as fast as you can
  • Stay focused, keep your eyes on your machine, don’t look around
  • Have fun because it’s just a matter of luck anyway!

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Just by the name, you might be able to figure out it is another variation that combines poker with blackjack.  The game was developed by FYI Gaming Inc and is available in downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Hotel, as well as online at several casinos.


-Blackjack Rules

  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Dealer checks for 21 if 10 or Ace showing
  • Double allowed on any two cards
  • Split allowed once
  • Double after split allowed
  • Insurance allowed on blackjack bet only
  • Surrender not allowed
  • Busted blackjack hands still play as poker hand
  • Blackjack pays 3:2

-Poker Rules

  • Dealer must have Queen high or better to qualify, if not the player wins even money on the ante bet and pushes on the additional bet
  • Only the first two cards are used, therefore only pairs and high cards play
  • If a player has split his cards for the blackjack play, the first two dealt cards are used for poker
  • A player’s natural blackjack can be a win/loss/tie on the ante, but a push on the additional bet
  • Tie hands are a push
  • Poker bonus side bet is based on whether you’re dealt a pair with the first two cards
  • Poker wins pay 1:1


Unlike 21 + 3 blackjack, you must play both the blackjack side and the poker side of the game.

The hand starts with the player making two bets, one for the ante or poker side, and one for the blackjack side. The bets are placed separately in the two clearly marked betting circles, “Ante” or “21”.  The ante bet cannot be more than the 21 bet. There is a third betting circle for an additional side bet called the poker bonus side bet.

The players are dealt two cards face down, the dealer receives one card face down, one card face up.

The players then decide if they want to play their two cards for the poker hand.  If the player wants to play the poker portion, an additional bet must be laid out, if not, the ante bet is lost.

The blackjack hand is played out first, with each player deciding to double, split, hit or stand. Once all players have completed their hand, the dealer finishes out his hand.

Once the blackjack portion is finished, cards are left on the table and the poker portion is finally decided and payoffs made.


This bet considers the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s up card.  The dealer’s card is only used to determine a 3 of a kind payout, not pairs.

If the first two cards are not a pair, the bonus side bet is automatically lost.

There are different payouts based on different versions, but the range is as follows:

  • Three Aces of Spades: $5000 – $10,000
  • Three Suited Aces: $1000 – $5000
  • Suited 3 of a Kind: $250 – $750
  • Unsuited 3 Aces: $100 – $200
  • Unsuited 3 of a Kind: $40 – $50
  • Suited Pair of Aces: $25 – $30
  • Unsuited Pair of Aces: $10 – $15
  • Suited Pair: $5 – $15
  • Unsuited Pair: $3 – $5


I’d say it’s another interesting version that combines two of the most popular casino games, blackjack and poker.  It’s an exciting attention grabber, that should provide a good challenge to the top blackjack players.


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Let’s take a look at this new, live dealer, game by Playtech, for a new way to play online blackjack. It’s totally scalable and adds an inventive new twist to blackjack to enhance player level interaction.

The game features two different modes, Majority Rules and Best Strategy, with the mode being determined by the number of players.

Majority Rules allows all players to vote on the player’s move, in terms of Hit, Stand, Double, etc., and then the action that receives the majority vote, is the play that will be made. The Best Strategy mode takes place when there are fewer players and the player’s action is done automatically based on pre-determined, best strategical blackjack moves.


The table has two seats that can hold an unlimited number of players. Whether the particular seat is playing Majority Rules or Best Strategy modes, depends on the number of players in the seat.

  • Bets are placed on the betting positions, betting on both seats is allowed
  • You will see indicators to show if enough players are betting to invoke the Majority Rules mode
  • If Majority Rule is played, voting on each action is taken, and will continue as long as there is action to take. (hit, double, stand, etc)
  • If Best Strategy is played, there is no action round for the players, the hand is completed automatically
  • Insurance (if enabled by particular provider) is not decided by Majority Rule or Best Strategy, but offered separately to each player
  • If every player busts, the dealer does not draw additional cards


Because these two actions require additional bets, the decision about how they are handled are made at the beginning of the game.  At the beginning, you decide if split and double actions are to be made automatically if that move received majority vote, or in certain circumstances applied using best strategy. 

If the action of split or double is voted and automatic decision was agreed upon, money is instantly taken from your bankroll.  If you haven’t agreed on automatic split/double or lack the funds, you will automatically follow the right hand for splits, and hit and stand for a double.

Exception: If you have picked not to follow automatic decisions, but also cast your vote in Majority Rules mode, the chosen action will be applied to you as well.


There are side bets available which can be made, once a main bet is placed:

  • 21 + 3 – This is a bet that takes the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s first card and hope to combine for a ranking poker hand, such as suited 3 of a kind, straight flush, 3 of a kind, straight, and flush
  • Pairs – Betting on the first two cards, forming player’s pairs, dealer’s pair, perfect pairs, colored pairs, and red/black pairs
  • Buster Blackjack – Betting that the dealer busts, and the more cards he has when he busts, the higher the payoff
  • Lucky Lucky – Betting on your first two cards and the dealer’s first card forming a specific combination of: Suited 777, Suited 678, unsuited 777, unsuited 678, suited 21(3 card total other than 777, 678), 21 (3 card total other than 777, 678), Any 20 combo, Any 19 combo.


  • Blackjack – 3:2
  • Winning Hand – 1:1
  • Insurance – 2:1
  • Side bet-Suited 3 of a kind – 100:1
  • Side bet-Straight Flush – 40:1
  • Side bet-3 of a kind – 30:1
  • Side bet-Flush – 5:1
  • Side bet-Perfect pair – 25:1
  • Side bet-Colored pair – 12:1
  • Side bet-Red/Black pair – 6:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 8+ cards and player has Blackjack – 2000:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 7 cards and player has Blackjack – 800:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 8+ cards – 250:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 7 cards – 50:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 6 cards – 18:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 5 cards – 4:1
  • Side bet-Buster BJ 3 or 4 cards – 2:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky Suited 777 – 200:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky Suited 678 – 100:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky 777 – 50:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky 678 – 25:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky Suited 21 – 15:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky 21 – 3:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky Any 20 – 2:1
  • Side bet-Lucky Lucky Any 19 – 2:1


I can see this game version catching on quickly.  First, if you’re a beginner, you can test your strategy knowledge. You would hope the majority of players are knowledgeable and know the correct play and therefore you can test your knowledge by seeing how often you agree with the majority or not.

Second, while side bets are usually sucker bets, the odds for these side bets are highly enticing and how great would it be to hit a 2000:1 side bet?

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It’s almost that time where the casinos can open up to us gamblers again.  Woohoo! I can hardly wait…what about you?

The real question should be, have you kept your game up by at least playing online?

I hope so, but let’s take a look at how you can come back to the land based casinos and return to your winning ways.

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Simple Card Counting

As we all know, card counting is not illegal, only highly frowned upon.  The casino heads know that card counting provides a distinct advantage to the player.  It doesn’t totally take away the house edge, but severely decreases that house advantage.

There aren’t many competitive activities where if you take the time to make it easier for you, you’re actually penalized.  It hardly seems fair that, card counting is not against the rules, yet you’re asked not to use that skill you have worked hard to acquire.

I’m going to present a very simple method of card counting that will make your win percentage slightly higher than just going with basic strategy and no card counting.  A slight advantage is always better than no advantage.

Simple Mathematical Analysis

First of all, you have to be alert at the table, and clearly aware of all the cards of all the players.

Also realize that most casinos use a 6-deck shoe, meaning there are 312 cards, with 96 of those cards valued at 10.

Why does that matter? You can make the assumption that the dealer will cut 1.5 decks (78 cards) out of play after the shuffle, with 24 of them being 10-value cards.  That leaves 72, 10-value cards among the 234 cards left in play.

Because of the Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, we can assume only 3 players, plus a dealer are at the table.  Not a bad thing in my mind! So, let’s estimate 12 cards dealt per hand, therefore 20 hands dealt before a shuffle is required.  If 10-value cards come out proportionally, you should see 3, 10-value cards dealt per hand.

How It Works

You start with the premise that you should see at least three 10-value cards each hand.  If you see 3, 10-value cards, your count is zero. if you see 2, 10-value cards, your count is -1. (one short of the expected 3)  After each hand, you add or subtract that round’s total from the previous running total.

For example, the first hand had 3, 10-value cards, running count total 0, the next hand had 2, 10-value cards, total -1, running count total -1, and the next hand had 2, 10-value cards, total -1, running count total -2.

As you keep your running count, a plus number indicates a shoe with more 10-value cards, meaning advantage player, so bet bigger. A negative number indicates a shoe with fewer 10-value cards, meaning advantage house, so bet smaller.

Since that is such a simple counting method, you can also try to track Aces, noticing how many have been played. If it seems like a large number have been dealt the first half of the shoe, you should keep your bets smaller during the second half because the chance of hitting a blackjack is definitely smaller.  If you haven’t seen many Aces, then increase your bet, hoping to hit a blackjack and payoff of 3:2.

One more card to consider tracking are fives. A five is considered dealer friendly because it allows him to draw to a stronger hand.  If you think there are plenty of 5’s still in the shoe, bet small because it’s advantage dealer, if it’s vice versa, bet bigger.

BONUS TIP: If you have a hard time keeping track of the count, a good tip is to use an extra stack of chips, to add to when the count is plus and subtract from when the count is negative.  As the dealer is running out of cards and you notice your extra stack is high, time to bet bigger!


Remember, there are many different card counting methods, and it doesn’t have to be complex.  With blackjack, knowing when it would be more likely to hit a blackjack, for a 3:2 payout, is what can make the game exciting.  Card counting gives you that advantage and it doesn’t have to be hard.

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