Monday, April 26, 2004

Just Say No to 6:5 blackjack

Here's a new article on 6:5 blackjack:
The casinos have so far been successful in marketing this game, because many occasional players have been told over the years that single deck blackjack is a better game than the more common 6 or 8-deck games on the casino floor. Using that single marketing angle, the casinos have drawn lots of players to the new 6:5 version, despite the fact that these single-deck games are worse for the player than the worst 8-deck game on the casino floor. Much worse.
Ultimately this sort of problem is self-correcting - people will figure out that bad games are bad and stop playing them, and casinos that go for the short-term win of misleading their customers will lose business. But that can take quite a while. For now it's player beware.

Remember, if something looks too good to be true, there's probably a catch. Make sure the game you're playing is what you think it is. Real blackjack pays 3 to 2. If your table instead sports a little placard that says "blackjack pays 6:5", that is a bad game. Avoid it.