Bad Rules to Look Out For

The rules of blackjack are not consistent across every casino. Many casinos, online and live casinos alike, have incorporated rules that give the house the advantage. Therefore, it is important to look out for these rules, as they will decrease the likelihood of you going home a winner.

The following rules are house advantage rules that you should avoid when playing blackjack in a live or online casino:

  • 6:5 Payout for Blackjack

    In the not-so-distant past, nearly all casinos offered a 3:2 payout for players who are dealt "Blackjack." However, many casinos are beginning to change this payout from the standard of 3:2 to a smaller payout of 6:5. As a result, players' winnings are cut. Therefore, it is important to read the rules before you begin playing to check the payouts to avoid losing out on your winnings. If possible, always choose a game with a 3:2 blackjack payout.

  • Dealer must hit on "Soft 17"

    Many blackjack game rules state that the dealer must stand on a hand valued at 17 or higher. However, many casinos are beginning to employ a rule that states that the dealer has to hit, rather than stand, on "soft 17", which is a hand made up of an Ace and a 6. Whereas a player has better odds of winning when the dealer's hand is 17, this rule makes it more likely for the dealer to obtain a hand of 18, 19, 20, or even 21. Therefore, this rule decreases players' odds of winning at blackjack and should be avoided.

  • Limit for Doubling Down

    When a player doubles down in blackjack the player doubles his or her bet and takes only one additional card from the dealer. Different blackjack games offer different rules when it comes to doubling down. Most casinos allow players to double down on hands totaling 10 or 11, and many casinos also offer players to double down on 8 or 9 as well. However, you may find a casino that allows doubling down on 11 only. These games should be avoided, as they increase the house edge.

By always reading the rules and avoiding games with unfavorable rules you can avoid missing out on the winnings you deserve.