In this lesson,
there is a summary of Blackjack Side Bets, part of the Learn
Side Bet: Over/Under
This side bet
allows a player to wager that the likelihood of his two initial cards
total either over 13 or under 13 (if the total is exactly 13 the player
both the over and under bet). The house has an edge of 6.6% for the
and 10% for the under bet (typical 6 deck game).
bet is not
recommended if you are a basic strategy player.
Side Bet: Super 7’s
Here the player
makes a side bet in the hopes he is dealt one or more 7’s.
For example, if his first
card is a 7, the
payoff is 3 to 1. If his first two cards are unsuited 7’s, it’s a 50 to
payoff and if both 7’s are suited the payoff skyrockets to 100 to1.
the player is dealt three 7’s the payoff is 500 to 1 if unsuited and a
5,000 to 1 if suited.
Although the high
payoffs are inviting when you do the math the casino’s edge is around
a suckers bet in anybody’s book.
Side Bet: Royal
A player makes a
side bet and gets paid a bonus if the first two cards are suited (3 to
1) and a
10 to 1 bonus if the two suited cards are a king and queen (royal
payoffs are for single deck games and the house edge is around 4%. The
can vary from the above and the odds change if more decks of cards are
But no matter, I’ve yet to see an established payoff high enough that
the house edge to a respectable level.
Avoid this side bet.
A player wins this
side bet if his first two cards are of the same rank. For a 6-deck
payoff for an unmatched pair is 10 to 1 and if matched the payoff
15 to 1. The payoffs vary for different number of decks of cards but
casino’s edge in all cases is around 6% or more. This is another side
should be avoided.
This game combines
a Three Card Poker side bet with blackjack. Essentially the player
makes a side
bet that his first two dealt cards plus the dealer’s upcard will be a
straight, straight flush or three of a kind.
If so, the side bet pays 9 to 1.
In a six-deck
game, the casino’s edge
is 3% more respectable then most side bets but still higher then the
This side bet pays
2 to 1 if the player gets a winning 5-card hand totaling 21. There are
deviations from basic strategy for any player who wants to try for the
21 and the house edge is only 0.2%.
Here the player
bets on how many hands he will win in succession (from 2 to 5). The
is anywhere from 8 to 14%. Ouch.
Players win this
side bet if the first three cards dealt are 6-7-8 of the same suit and
the player wins the
hand. Only in the case if you hold a suited 6-7 against a dealer’s 2
violate basic strategy and hit. The basic strategy player actually has
slight edge on this side bet (0.01% or about a penny for every $100
This is a simple
side bet. You bet on the color of the dealer’s upcard. If the dealer’s
a deuce of the color you bet on then you push. This gives the house a
Blackjack Side Bet
bet a dollar
and get paid if are dealt aces. The more aces the higher the payoff.
start at 3 to 1 if a player gets an ace as his first card. Get two aces
first two cards and the payoff is 15 to 1 (if their suited it’s 50 to
payoffs keep increasing for 3 aces (suited and non-suited) and finally
If you achieve the latter and all aces are either red or
black, you win the
amount on the progressive meter. The casino’s edge varies depending
amount of the progressive jackpot but in general it’s >15%.
with side bets is that this is a way for casinos to try to increase
profits on the game. The side bets usually cost only a buck and many
than a 1 to 1 payoff.
But the casino’s edge is high and in
the long run, you
will lose a lot more than you will win.
It’s best to ignore
the side bets if
they are offered on your table and stick to just playing blackjack.
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