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Rules that improve blackjack conditions26 May 2000
So how much is this costing you in dollars and cents? If you were to play 100 hands per hour at $5 per hand, each -0.1% would cost you approximately 50¢ per hour. Playing on a game with two decks versus one will cost you $1.75 per hour, with each additional deck costing you increasingly more.
Smart blackjack players always play in a casino that offers the best rules. To avoid hostile playing conditions in blackjack, look for the following combination of rules that are favorable to the player:
a single-deck game
Because no two casinos are alike,
Stephan, no two blackjack games are created equal. The extra effort you
make finding the most favorable playing conditions will be fiscally
This column forever examines the making of any wager when good bets, with a lower casino advantage, also exist. So my reply, Marty, is ALL OF THEM!
Answering your question directly, the worst proposition bet on a crap game is the "any 7" bet. With this one-roll wager you win if a 7 rolls, but if any other number appears, you lose. The odds are 5-to-1 of a 7 rolling, but the casino will only pay you 4-to-1. This gives the house an edge of 16.7%. Ouch!
For all new players I recommend playing
at tables with low minimum bets ($1-$2) plus play at a busy table.
Besides having more fun with comrades, you will make fewer bets per
hour, which decreases your exposure to the almighty house edge.
Here is a simple test to tell if a slot machine is in good running order. Insert a few coins and if nothing comes out, it's working fine.
The machine in the picture you sent me is a Bally "EM" machine worth, in good condition, between $1,000 and $1,500. It is an electromechanical controlled slot machine, has open contact switches and was the best selling slot machine in the '60s and '70s. Unfortunately, Blaine, you reside in Pennsylvania, where it is unlawful to own machines built after 1941, even for private ownership. Though very reasonably priced at $700, this machine with its manufacturing date creates a weighty legal dilemma.
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