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 www.wizardofodds.com/blackjack/house-edge-calculator to figure more exact odds.
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