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Table Games Looking For Something New? Maybe Zombie Blackjack Is For You

Discussion in 'Casino Gaming' started by Bungadin, Jun 5, 2017.

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  1. Crambone

    Crambone Gnaeus Pompey Magnus

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    https://www.blackjackonline.com/850/looking-something-new-maybe-zombie-blackjack/

    .........Players may have a chance to bring a busted hand “back to life” (like a zombie) depending on the dealer’s upcard. If the player busts and the dealer’s upcard is a 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, or Ace the original hand can be brought “back to life” (like a zombie).

    When the “dead” (like a human before it becomes a zombie) hand is brought back, it’s isn’t replayed. The hand is just no longer “dead” or busted. If the dealer busts with exactly a 23, 24, 25, or 26 then the player is paid even money, or 1 to 1, on the bet for the “dead” hand. We can all use a second chance, eh?..................


    Doesn't sound too tempting to me, but I don't play much Blackjack.
     
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    jimboguy My sloppy joe is all sloppy and no joe.

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    Hopefully the weather will be nice.
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    Crambone Gnaeus Pompey Magnus

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    The article didn't specify any. Coming soon to a desperate casino in your home town if gambling is legal and the appropriate kickbacks have been paid.
     
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    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    This sounds like an attractive novelty game for amateur BJ players. I know that when I first started out with the game, before I learned basic strategy, hitting stiff hands was something I never did out of fear of busting. To place a side bet where I could "un-bust" my hand would definitely have gotten me interested. Ever since I've taken up the finer aspects of the traditional game, this doesn't appeal to me at all. But I could see this being popular for the tourist gambler crowd. Perhaps one property could get an exclusive license for it, and that could be their selling point.
     
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    topcard Re-Open Vegas!

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    ...just another blackjack gimmick that has the appearance of being player-friendly, but in reality has a huge house advantage.
    Notice they exclude 22?
    So, a ten-hit bust to a dealer 9-3, 8-4, 7-5, 10-2, J-2, Q-2, K-2, and a double-ten hit bust to an Ace-Ace are all player losses. That's 110 busts, compared to the ones that pay off with a 10-hit bust: 10 through K, along with 3-4-5-6 + 8-8, 8-7, 8-6, 8-5, 7-9, 7-7, 9-4, 9-5 & 9-6. That's a total of 96 busts.
    So, on the remote chance (30%?) that the dealer ten-busts at all with a 7 or better showing, over half of those busts are with 22 - which loses for the player.
    So, the odds are about 6-to-1 against you & they pay 'even money' on the original bet (which I assume you have to match with your bet in order to get this).
    So, for a $10 hand, you must risk $20 total in order to have a (roughly) 1-in-6 chance of being (effectively) paid $20 on your $20 bet.

    Bets that are more player-friendly than this: Royal Match, Lucky-Ladies, any slot machine, the Big-6 Wheel, Keno, Pair-Plus in 3-card or LIR, Trips in UTH, field-bet in craps, any hard-way bet, Freebet blackjack, blackjack-switch, Mississippi Stud, High-Card Flush, 4-Card poker...even Caribbean Stud.

    I may be off on the exact odds (I only factored in 10-hits for the dealer bust), but the ratios should be same even for other hits.

    Someone more math savvy can compute the actual number, but I'm probably close.
     
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    topcard Re-Open Vegas!

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    ...think in terms of a single hit causing a 23+ bust... we'll look at a dealer 7-up as an example.
    7-6, 7-7, 7-8 & 7-9. That's it. 4 possible hole cards versus 9. That's a 30.77% that he'll bust with a single hit.
    How about a 10/face showing? 3-4-5-6 versus 2-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K. 33.33% (since the Ace doesn't hurt you if it's in the hole).
    Point is that the house has at least a 2-to-1 advantage over you on this bet before they even flip up their hole-card.

    But even if you survive to that point, 3 of those 4 possible hole cards give him a better than 50/50 chance of still beating you on one hit. (With a 7-up, if has the 6, 7 or 8 in the hole, there are more cards that do not bust him with 23+ than there are that do...)
     
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