In this lesson, Blackjack Two Spots Betting is discussed included
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Often when you play, you'll see someone playing two spots
instead of one. Is there any advantage to this? Let's see.
Most of the time that players switch from one spot to two or
more, they do so because of the misconception that by ‘changing
cards’ they will presumably change the luck of the table. Unfortunately
not so. You are just as likely to keep on losing, as you are to start
when you switch to blackjack two spots.
There is no
for this and it is
definitely not one of the reasons you would want to play blackjack two
One obvious thing that happens when you play more than one
spot is that you will be dealt more hands per hour. Gaming expert Alan
developed this nice rule of thumb for determining how many decisions
will average per hour.
If N is the number of positions in
action, then each
player will be dealt 420/(N+1) hands per hour.
For example, suppose you play
up blackjack with the
can expect to have 210 decisions per hour (420/2).
If you decide to play blackjack two spots,
will get 140 hands per hour (420/3). That means you'll be getting 280
per hour on your two spots compared to 210 hands per hour by playing
spot. That's an increase of 25%.
Getting more decisions per hour is not necessarily good
especially when the casino has the edge. Say you are a basic blackjack
and your average bet is $10 per hand. Suppose you are playing with
players. Using the above rule, you can expect to average 105 decisions
(420/4). Wagering $10 per decision means you will bet on average a
over the course of an hour.
If the casino has a 0.5% edge,
then your expected
hourly loss is about $5. By playing two spots instead of one, the
decisions you will get per hour on each spot is 84 (420/5).
amounts to a
total of 168 decisions per hour for the two hands. At $10 bet per
will average $1680 worth of bets with an expected loss of $8 per hour.
Therefore betting the same amount on blackjack two spots when
casino has the edge
compared to betting half as much on one spot will increase your hourly
However, there is one benefit of playing blackjack two spots compared
to one. You will experience less fluctuation in your bankroll. Your
fluctuation occurs when you bet $20 on one hand and the least
occurs when you bet $10 on two hands.
The reason for this is
that sometimes one
hand will win and the other will lose. Therefore, if you want to
swings in your bankroll, you can do so by betting two spots instead of
one caveat. By decreasing your fluctuation, or variance as
to call it, you will not win as much when Lady Luck smiles on you.
will not lose as much when she is frowning on you.
The biggest advantage for
playing blackjack two spots occurs
are card counting. If you know you have the edge on the next hand, it's
advantage to play more than one spot.
If you are playing
heads up with the
dealer, by playing two spots you will have twice as much chance of
high value cards as the dealer because you are playing two spots
Also, instead of betting say a top bet of $100 on one
hand, you'll have
the same risk by betting 75% of that amount on two hands (i.e. bet $75
of two hands). This technique also allows counters to get more money on
table when they have the edge on the next hand without drawing too much
attention from the pit bosses. Having $100 bet on one hand looks more
than $50 bet on two hands.
I generally play two hands when I count, not only when I
have a big edge, but also sometimes when the count is neutral or barely
positive. By jumping from one hand to two hands early on, it creates
perception that I am a gambler. I sometimes bet two hands on the
after a shuffle where the house edge is very small.
usually increase my bets
on one of the hands if it wins and the count is still neutral or
positive while keeping my bet size the same on the other hand if it
course, I'm still betting a relatively small amount even on two hands
to when I have a very positive advantage.
And when this occurs, I try
bet the same amounts on each spot. For example, I rarely bet $50 on two
Instead, I may bet $60 or $70 on one spot and $40 or $30 on the other.
will sloppily place a rainbow of chips in the betting spot (i.e., place
of different denomination chips in the betting spot). Again, this
perception that I am a gambler rather than a skillful card counter.
Card counters will also bet more than one spot if they have
the edge and it looks like the next hand will be the last one before
Here it's to your advantage to bet as many hands as you think you can
on that last round. When you do so, you’ll be getting a better
this is good. But don’t do this too often in the same session since it
attract attention from the pit.
Another technique used by the blackjack pros is to play as
three playing spots with small bets when the count is negative.
accomplishes two things. First, it consumes the ‘small’ cards so the
go positive faster and the counter can then bet up on one hand only.
if a pit boss suspects the player is counting and observes him
three hands, then back to one hand with a big bet he may have second
about his playing abilities.
The bottom line is that playing more than one spot can be a
bad move if the casinos have the edge over you, but a smart move if you
the edge over the casinos.
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