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Blackjack rating question

Discussion in 'Comps' started by hallra, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. hallra

    hallra Tourist

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    If I am betting $100 per hand of blackjack, am I better off playing one hand at $100 ea or is there a difference playing 2 separate hands at $50 ea? How does tis effect ratings, if at all?

    Thanks!
     
  2. h0und10

    h0und10 Low-Roller

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    It is exactly the same.
     
  3. hallra

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    Thank you. I was thinking so but wasn't positive.
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    If you're looking to lower your variance play 2 x $50, otherwise play 1 x $100. Also if there is a favorable rule change at the $100 level, I would consider playing that game.
     
  5. hallra

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    Just out of curiosity, what rules could possibly change?
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    At higher end casinos, $50 may be hit soft 17, but $100 may be stand soft 17.
     
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  7. TrewBrew

    TrewBrew Low-Roller

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    A $100 min. table could have 3:2 odds for blackjack where a $25 or $50 minimum could be paying 6:5

    or maybe there is a tie goes to the gambler that we are not supposed to know about
     
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  8. hallra

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    Thank you!
     
  9. h0und10

    h0und10 Low-Roller

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    Care to explain how playing two hands changes the variance?
    The variance is the same.


    But like someone else mentioned, you should be able to find better rules at the 100 dollar minimum table.. like the dealer staying on soft 17 and what not.
     
  10. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    In terms of dollars your variance is less.

    Consider a more extreme example. You can either play 1 hand for $1000 or 1000 hands for $1 each. The total amount wagered is the same, but the 1000 hands at a dollar each has much less variance. It's virtually impossible to go broke or double your money in that dollar per hand scenario. But in the one hand case, you're going broke or doubling (or more with splits/doubles) your money over 90% of the time.
     
  11. h0und10

    h0und10 Low-Roller

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    Well that actually makes sense, why doesn't everyone do that to get better comps and have less variance?
     
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    Well, there are some rules to prevent more from doing that. A lot of time you have to bet double the table minimum when betting two hands. So in that case, you're looking for the same rules between a $25 table and a $100 table, and for the strip those rules sometimes change. Mainly between hit or stand on soft 17. But I think I heard Aria recently went to 6:5 even at the $25 tables.
     
  13. joehypnosis

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    I first read about this in the book The Blackjack Life, by Nathaniel Tilton. Great book....
     
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  14. Nittany1

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    Yeah I was there in August right after it happened.The dealers and PB were acting somewhat apologetic about it.
    If I recall correctly there were two $50 tables and one was 6:5.
    $100 and up were 3:2