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zdgp October 29th, 2009 01:29 PM

HAL blackjack now more expensive
A couple of years ago at the HAL blackjack tables the dealer stood on all 17’s, with a table minimum of $5. When they changed to dealer hits soft 17, they lowered the minimum to $3. For those who play the table minimum, the expected rate of loss remained about the same, as the two changes roughly offset each other.

They have now gone back to the $5 minimum. Therefore HAL blackjack is a less attractive form of entertainment than it once was. The house percentage is about 50% bigger with dealer hitting soft 17, compared to standing on all 17’s

Paul Motter November 26th, 2009 11:37 AM

I am surprised this one change gives the house a 50% better advantage - seems like a big jump for a relatively small change in rules.

zdgp November 28th, 2009 08:37 AM

If you play proper basic strategy (as I do), the current HAL rules (dealer hits soft 17) have a house edge of 0.66%. When the dealer stood on all 17's, the house edge was 0.44%.

dvrdude January 14th, 2010 03:11 PM

It's only expensive if you lose! ;)

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