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Blackjack Side Bets: Lucky Lucky

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There will never be a shortage of side bets for the game of blackjack. Walk into any casino for the first time and you’re bound to find a side bet that you have never seen before. Unfortunately, none of the side bets are good deals. As a general rule – and I have yet to find a blackjack side bet that doesn’t follow this rule – side bets have a higher house edge than the regular game. Therefore, it’s best to stick to the traditional game and avoid side bets. Since I’m sure you’re curious, though, here’s what you need to know about the Lucky Lucky side bet.

The Lucky Lucky side bet for blackjack is a bet based on the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s up card. If those three cards together make certain combinations, the player wins money. For example, if the three cards are all sevens in the same suit, the player wins 200 times their bet. If the three cards are a suited 6, 7 and 8, the payout is 100:1. Unsuited triple sevens pays out 50:1 and an unsuited 6, 7, 8 pays out 30:1.

Other winning combinations don’t pay out nearly as well. If all three cards add up to 21 but are a different suit, the payout is 15:1. If they add up to an unsuited 21, the payout is 3:1. Any cards that add up to 19 or 20 pay out 2:1 and every other combination is a losing bet.

Some of those payouts may sound good, but the odds are stacked against you. Getting a 200:1 payout would be exciting, but that only has a 0.0016% chance of happening. Even the winning combination with the best odds, a combination of 20, only has 7.5% odds of happening. Overall, the Lucky Lucky side bet has a 2.65% house edge. That’ relatively low for a blackjack side bet, but it’s considerably higher than the house edge of 0.5% for the regular game when you play using basic strategy.

Blackjack Side Bets: Instant 18

We all know that a hand of 18 is a pretty 꽁머니 good hand. After all, following basic blackjack strategy, you will always stand on a hard 18, regardless of the dealer’s up card. Even if you’re terrible at math, you probably know that a hand of 18 can only be beaten by three hands: 19, 20 and 21.

Therefore, you would probably be pretty happy to be dealt an 18. Well, what if you could be guaranteed of being dealt a hand of exactly 18 on every round? Would you take those odds?

That is the option you have if the blackjack game you are playing has the “Instant 18” side bet. This side bet has been found in casinos in California, Las Vegas and online. The side bet is simple. In addition to one regular hand, you would wager on a second hand that will be exactly 18 points. Wins on the side bet pay even money.

That may sound like a great deal, but like all side bets, it is not. Casinos don’t offer side bets out of the kindness of their hearts. They offer side bets to make money. Like all side bets, the Instant 18 bet carries a higher house edge than the regular game. One of the things that lowers the house edge of traditional blackjack to as low as 0.5% is the fact that blackjacks pay out 3:2. If you lose that extra payout by having all wins pay even money, you lose a significant amount of money.

The house edge of the Instant 18 side bet is different depending on the number of decks and whether the dealer hits a soft 17. Most blackjack tables, including online, use eight decks, though. With eight decks, the house edge is 0.66% if the dealer stands on a soft 17. That’s not too bad, but it’s worse than the 0.5% for the regular game. If the dealer hits a soft 17, though, the house edge for that blackjack side bet is 2.06%. That’s more than an extra 2% that goes to the house.

Blackjack side bets can be a fun way to try something new, but they are not good for your wallet. For that reason, wise money management suggests avoiding all blackjack side bets.

 

 

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