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Blackjack Side Bets

14 March 2020

Across the country with a little over 900 casinos with blackjack tables you will find over 40 different side-bets available to the player at the table. With loads of players leaning and practicing “Basic Strategy” and others moving to different table games like Let-It-Ride, and 3-Card Poker, casinos began to introduce side bets to help keep players at the blackjack table. It has helped to add more excitement to the game and maintain a profit to the casinos bottom line, but it has also brought a high price to the player.

The real problem with side-bets is they all have high house odds against the player. Playing basic strategy at blackjack can reduce the house odds to well below one percent. However, some of the side-bets start at 2.5 percent and go as high as 30 percent against the player. Remember, taking Insurance is also a side-bet in blackjack. Basic Strategy allows you to reduce the house edge to 0.5 percent, but then you take Insurance and that drives the edge way up on that bet.

In the end, its best to avoid side-bets when playing blackjack. The odds are pretty high against the player. You’ll find that you will lose more chips than you will win, no matter which side-bet you make.


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• Want to know where the closest bingo hall is? Just go to your computer and type in “bingo hall directory.” You’ll find all the hall’s in the US, listed by states and towns.

• A report in early April 2007 revealed the 22 casinos on the Macau strip in China generated more than $7 billion in revenues in 2006, this compares to Las Vegas’s $6.6 billion, a deficit of $400 million. This data showed that Macau has now become the number one gambling capital of the world.

• Long before Las Vegas became the gambling Capital, Saratoga Springs, New York, located at the foothills of the Adirondacks, was called the “Monte Carlo of America” in the late 1800s. It was America’s first and finest gaming and entertainment resort in the country. Some of the foremost names of the century were patrons including Mark Twain, Civil War Generals Sherman and Sheridan, several Presidents, and early industrialists such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, “Diamond Jim Brady”, and “Bet-A-Million” Gates.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel