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(also known as Twenty-one, Vingt-et-un (French
for Twenty-one), or Pontoon) is one of the most
popular casino card games in the world. Much of
blackjack's popularity is due to the mix of chance
with elements of skill, and the publicity that
surrounds card counting (calculating the probability
of advantages based on the ratio of high cards
to low cards). The casino version of the game
should not be confused with the British card game
Black Jack (a variant of Crazy Eights).
strategy provides the player with the optimal
play for any blackjack situation based on millions
of hands played in the long run. However in the
short run, as the cards are dealt from the deck,
the remaining deck is no longer complete. By keeping
track of the cards that have already been played,
it is possible to know when the cards remaining
in the deck are advantageous for the player.
counting creates two opportunities:
The player can make larger bets when he or she
has the advantage. For example, the player can
increase the starting bet if there are many aces
and tens left in the deck, in the hope of hitting
* The player can use information about the remaining
cards to improve upon the basic strategy rules
for specific hands played. For example, with many
tens left in the deck, the player may double down
in more situations since there is a better chance
of making a strong hand.
all card counting systems do not require the player
to remember which cards have been played. Rather,
a point system is established for the cards, and
the player keeps track of a simple point count
as the cards are played out from the dealer.
on the particular blackjack rules in a given casino,
basic strategy reduces the house advantage to
near 0 with some single-deck games, and less than
one percent in a multi-deck game. Card counting,
if done correctly, can give the player an advantage,
typically ranging from 0 to 2% over the house.
To counter card counting, many casinos switched
from a single deck to multiple decks, with the
cards dealt out of a container known as a "shoe".
most US jurisdictions, card counting is legal
and is not considered cheating. However, most
casinos have the right to ban players, with or
without cause, and card counting is frequently
used as a justification to ban a player. Usually,
the casino host will simply inform the player
that he is no longer welcome to play at that casino.
Players must be careful not to signal the fact
that they are counting. The use of electronic
or other counting devices is usually illegal.
Martingale (betting system)
strategy is based on a player's point total and
the dealer's visible card. A player's ideal decision
may depend on the composition of his hand, not
just the information considered in the basic strategy.
For example, a player should ordinarily stand
when holding 12 against a dealer 4. However, in
a single deck game, the player should hit if his
12 consists of a 10 and a 2; this is because the
player wants to receive any card other than a
10 if hitting, and the 10 in the player's hand
is one less card available to cause a bust for
the player or the dealer.
in situations where basic and composition-dependent
strategy lead to different actions, the difference
in expected value between the two decisions will
be small. Additionally, as the number of decks
used in a blackjack game rises, both the number
of situations where composition determines the
correct strategy and the house edge improvement
from using a composition-dependent strategy will
fall. Using a composition-dependent strategy only
reduces house edge by 0.0031% in a six-deck game,
less than one tenth the improvement in a single-deck
other than card counting can swing the advantage
of casino blackjack towards the player. All such
techniques are based on the value of the cards
to the player and the casino, as originally conceived
by Edward O. Thorp. One technique, mainly applicable
in multi-deck games, involves tracking groups
of cards (aka slugs, clumps, packs) during the
play of the shoe, following them through the shuffle
and then playing and betting accordingly when
those cards come into play from the new shoe.
This technique, which is admittedly much more
difficult than straight card counting and requires
excellent eyesight and powers of visual estimation,
has the additional benefit of fooling the casino
people who are monitoring the player's actions
and the count, since the shuffle tracker could
be, at times, betting and/or playing opposite
to how a straightforward card counter would.
Snyder's articles in Blackjack Forum magazine
brought shuffle tracking to the general public.
His book, The Shuffle Tracker's Cookbook, mathematically
analyzed the player edge available from shuffle
tracking based on the actual size of the tracked
slug. Jerry L. Patterson also developed and published
a shuffle-tracking method for tracking favorable
clumps of cards and cutting them into play and
tracking unfavorable clumps of cards and cutting
them out of play. Other legal methods of gaining
a player advantage at blackjack include a wide
variety of techniques for hole carding or gaining
information about the next card to be dealt.
is an English variation of blackjack with significant
rule and strategy differences. However, in Australia
and Malaysia, Pontoon is an unlicensed version
of the American game Spanish 21 played without
a hole card; despite the name, it bears no relation
to English Pontoon.
21 provides players with many liberal blackjack
rules, such as doubling down any number of cards
(with the option to 'rescue', or surrender only
one wager to the house), payout bonuses for five
or more card 21s, 6-7-8 21s, 7-7-7 21s, late surrender,
and player blackjacks always winning and player
21s always winning, at the cost of having no 10
cards in the deck (though there are jacks, queens,
Century Blackjack (also known as "Vegas Style"
Blackjack) is commonly found in many California
card rooms. In this form of the game, a player
bust does not always result in an automatic loss;
there are a handful of situations where the player
can still push if the dealer busts as well, provided
that the dealer busts with a higher total.
rules changes are employed to create new variant
games. These changes, while attracting the novice
player, actually increase the house edge in these
games. Double Exposure Blackjack is a variant
in which the dealer's cards are both face-up.
This game increases house edge by paying even
money on blackjacks and players losing ties. Double
Attack Blackjack has very liberal blackjack rules
and the option of increasing one's wager after
seeing the dealer's up card. This game is dealt
from a Spanish shoe, and blackjacks only pay even
French and German variant "Vingt-et-un"
(Twenty-one) and "Siebzehn und Vier"
(Seventeen and Four) don't include splitting.
An ace can only count as eleven, but two aces
count as a Blackjack. This variant is seldom found
in casinos, but is more common in private circles
Blackjack is played by many in Asia, having no
splitting of cards, but with other card combination
variant is Blackjack Switch, a version of blackjack
in which a player is dealt two hands and is allowed
to switch cards. For example, if the player is
dealt 10-6 and 10-5, then the player can switch
two cards to make hands of 10-10 and 6-5. Natural
blackjacks are paid 1:1 instead of the standard
3:2, and a dealer 22 is a push.
Multiple Action Blackjack the player places between
2 or 3 bets on a single hand. The dealer then
gets a hand for each bet the player places on
a hand. This essentially doubles the number of
hands a single dealer can play per hour. Splitting
and Doubling are still allowed.
thanks to the popularity of poker, Elimination
Blackjack has begun to gain a following. Elimination
Blackjack is a tournament format of blackjack.
casinos offer optional side bets at standard blackjack
tables. For example, one common side-bet is "Royal
Match", in which the player is paid if his
first two cards are in the same suit, and receives
a higher payout if they are a suited queen and
king (and a jackpot payout if both the player
and the dealer have a suited queen-king hand).
Another increasingly common variant is "21+3,"
in which the player's two cards and the dealer's
up card form a three-card poker hand; players
are paid 9 to 1 on a straight, flush or three
of a kind. These side bets invariably offer worse
odds than well-played blackjack.
April of 2007 a new version of Blackjack, called
Three Card Blackjack™ was approved for play
in the State of Washington. Three Card Blackjack
™ is played with one deck of 52 cards. In
Three Card Blackjack the players place an ante
bet. The players and dealer are then dealt 3 cards
each. The players make the best blackjack (21)
hand they can using 2 or all 3 cards. If the player
likes their hand they make a play bet that is
equivalent to their ante bet. The dealer must
qualify with an 18 or better. If the dealer qualifies
and the player beats the dealer, the player is
paid 1-1 on both the Ante and Play bets. If the
dealer does not qualify, the player is paid 1-1
on their Ante bet and their Play bet pushes. There
is no hitting and no busting. At the same time
that the player makes the Ante bet, they have
the option of making an Ace Plus bet. If the player
has 1 Ace in their hand of 3 cards, they get paid
1-1. An Ace and any 10 or Face Card pays them
3-1. An Ace and any two 10's or Face cards is
paid 5-1. Two Aces pays 15-1 and Three Aces pays
Blackjack Hall of Fame
2002, professional gamblers around the world were
invited to nominate great blackjack players for
admission into the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Seven
members were inducted in 2002, with new inductees
every year afterwards. The physical hall of fame
is located at the Barona Casino in San Diego,
California. Members include Edward O. Thorp, author
of the 1960s book Beat the Dealer which proved
that the game could be beaten with a combination
of basic strategy and card counting; Ken Uston,
who popularized the concept of team play; Arnold
Snyder, author and editor of the Blackjack Forum
trade journal; Stanford Wong, author and popularizer
of the "Wonging" technique of only playing
at a positive count, and several others. (Credit: