Gambling Rules: Good and Bad
by Frank Scoblete
every table game has gambling rules where good and bad rules apply.
Play in games with good rules or conditions and you have a good chance
of winning some money; play in casino games with bad rules and
don’t have as good a chance to take home the money.
Here are the gambling rules to look for certain casino games.
Good rules or conditions
for basic strategy players:
Double on any first two cards
Split all pairs
Double after splits
Double after resplitting
Resplitting aces allowed
Dealer stands on soft 17
Blackjack pays 3 to 2
Bonus hands with no side bet
Bad rules or conditions
for basic strategy players:
Restricted doubling, usually on two-card 10 or 11 only
No pair splitting allowed
No resplitting allowed
No doubling after splits
Dealer hits soft 17
Blackjack pays 6 to 5
Blackjack pays even money
Bonus hands require a side bet
Automatic continuous shufflers
will note that I put “shallow penetration” as a “good condition.” If
you read publications geared to card counters or even general interest
gambling publications, you’ll note that “deep penetration” (penetration
being how far the dealer deals into the deck or shoe) is considered the
single most important factor for success.
Deep penetration is what
card counters want; the fewer cards behind the “shuffle card” the
better. Just about 99.99% of blackjack players do not benefit from deep
penetration, just the opposite.
Deep penetration means more hands
played; more hands played means more money lost for 99.9999 % of the
blackjack players – and more money won by the casinos.
So unless you are among the small elite of blackjack players, you want
to play at casinos with shallow penetration.
many casino executives are so frightened that one of those 1,100 card
counters might show up in their places that you’ll find shallow
penetration in most casinos across the land.
That’s a good gambling rule.
game of craps is perhaps the most exciting game in the casino. While
all craps games are the same in terms of their gambling rules, not all
are the same in terms of their payouts.
For example, in Atlantic
City, you can buy the 4 or 10 for $35, paying a $1 commission. That
translates into an approximately 3 % house edge. However, in Tunica you
can only buy the 4 or 10 for $25, paying that same $1 commission. You
would think Atlantic City is offering the better deal. Well, think
You see, in Tunica and most Vegas casinos, you only pay
your $1 commission if the bet wins, while in Atlantic City, you pay
whether the bet wins or loses. The house edge in Tunica is therefore
about 1.3 %, much better than Atlantic City.
The Field is
generally a bad bet, coming in as it does with a 5.26 % edge in favor
of the house. Most casinos pay 2 to 1 on the 2 and 12. However, some
casinos will pay 3 to 1 on the 12 or sometimes the
reduces the house edge in half on the Field bet.
The most glaring
example of difference in craps games comes when we look at
the odds bet. Some casinos, mostly cruise ships and the like,
allow single odds behind your Pass Line or on your Come bets; while
most American casinos allow double odds.
However, some casinos
allow 3X, 5X 10X, 20X and even 100X odds. The difference between single
odds and 100X odds is staggering – if you can afford to take 100 times
your line bets that is.
Roulette is a game of numbers, two of which are green, the 0 and the
you can find a roulette wheel with a single green 0, you reduce the
house edge from 5.26 to 2.7 %. If you can find casino games where
gambling rules allow you to “surrender” your even-money bets (odd/even,
red/black, high/low) when the green zero(s) hit, you reduce the edge
further in half. Not bad at all.
So, repeat after me, “I will look for casino games with good gambling
rules and good payouts.”
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