Blackjack Betting trigger

Blackjack Card Counting vs. Blackjack Side Bets: Six Decks
March 31, 2014 – 11:10 am
Betting trigger review

BJCC_01One of my informal rules for this blog is that I don’t consider ordinary blackjack card counting (BJCC). Any easy Google search reveals myriad resources that give the minutia of every aspect of BJCC. At least three generations of APs have dedicated themselves to this game. For my purposes, the question is: how does BJCC stack up against card counting blackjack side bets? In order to answer this, an analysis of BJCC using parameters similar to those used for blackjack side bets was conducted. This post gives the details of this comparative analysis.

One way to view BJCC is that the main game of “blackjack” is its own side bet. In this case we imagine a player who is watching a table with one player on it, and whenever the count hits the trigger, he wagers $100 behind the player on the table. In its pure form, this is the most direct comparison. The AP is either wagering $0 or $100 on BJCC.

In practice, blackjack-as-a-side-bet does not happen. Therefore, I also analyzed the case when the player wagers $5 below the trigger count and then makes an additional $95 wager on “blackjack” when the count is at +1 or above. In other words, this AP is spreading $5 to $100.

For an AP with a maximum bet of $100, these two methods of play will generate the maximum profit possible for the AP, regardless of the counting system he uses or the number of indices he uses. This is the “binary” approach. Either bet $0/$100, or bet (table minimum)/$100. No bet ramp. No Kelly. No ROR. Just pure profit-potential.

There is some comedy to this analysis. Any pit boss who can butter toast would pick out an AP spreading from to 0 before the butter began to melt. Meanwhile, no AP would spread his bets this way as an ordinary card counter, both for bankroll reasons and for cover reasons. Still, when APs play against blackjack side bets, they are “spreading” from There is some comedy to this analysis. Any pit boss who can butter toast would pick out an AP spreading from $5 to $100 before the butter began to melt. Meanwhile, no AP would spread his bets this way as an ordinary card counter, both for bankroll reasons and for cover reasons. Still, when APs play against blackjack side bets, they are “spreading” from $0 to $100, and doing so without care or cover. A true comparison demands this exaggeration.

In this analysis, I assumed the player was using the High-Low card counting system and all card-counting indices for varying his play. This is a perfect counter. He knows everything about High-Low and bets and plays perfect High-Low strategy. I assumed that the blackjack rules were standard:

to 0, and doing so without care or cover. A true comparison demands this exaggeration.

BJCC_02In this analysis, I assumed the player was using the High-Low card counting system and all card-counting indices for varying his play. This is a perfect counter. He knows everything about High-Low and bets and plays perfect High-Low strategy. I assumed that the blackjack rules were standard:

  • Six decks, cut card placed 52 cards from the end
  • Dealer hits soft 17
  • Player can double on any first two cards
  • Player can double after split
  • Split aces receive one card each

I asked the acclaimed blackjack analysis expert Norm Wattenberger for help with the analysis of BJCC. He generously agreed. Norm’s software, Casino Verite, has long been the top product on the market for evaluating various approaches to BJCC. Norm ran a simulation of 210, 108, 096 six-deck shoes for me. I used Norm’s data to cull the comparative results for BJCC vs. side bets.

The full data Norm provided to me is available here:

The following table gives the analysis of the “blackjack-is-a-side-bet” AP. This is the AP who is watching a table with one player on it, and whenever the count hits the trigger, he wagers $100 behind the player on the table, otherwise he makes no wager.

Source: apheat.net
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Interesting facts

Switch, also called Two Four Jacks or Black Jack, Irish Switch, is a shedding-type card game for two or more players that is popular in the United Kingdom, and as alternative incarnations in other regions. The sole aim of Switch is to discard all of the cards in one's hand; the first player to play his final card, and ergo have no cards left...

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