Your Blackjack Advantage by the Number of Decks & Rules

By Nicholas Colon

Understanding the number of decks used and the rules being applied are a vital part of advantage player’s strategy when attacking blackjack games for profit.

  • In the late 1950s when Las Vegas and by extension casino gambling first started making an impact the only variation of blackjack that existed was the single deck game with good rules.
  • This means dealer standing on soft 17s, doubling after splitting and 3:2 payouts on all naturals.
  • The game was only a small fraction of a percentage point in favor of the house while just playing basic strategy developed by Ed Thorp in his book Beat the Dealer. After the Thorps analysis changes started being implemented to increase the houses advantage over the player.

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