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THIEF! character, Vince Eli

Wednesday, January 3, 2007


Q: What's the house advantage in blackjack?

A: Slick just called to remind me that I forgot the most important part: The player is always in the position to go bust before the dealer, which gives the house its edge or advantage.

Also, according to John Scarne, world-renowned gambling authority, the house edge is 5.9%. But that figure can change due to several variables such as:

  • The number of decks in play
  • Whether the dealer must hit or stand on a soft 17
  • Whether a blackjack pays at 2/3 or 5/6

and other house rules that make the house advantage or edge fluctuate. Check out to figure more exact odds.

Good luck!

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