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Unfavorable Blackjack Conditions

Blackjack players should always attempt to avoid the playing conditions described below.

Variations to the game of blackjack from casino to casino affects the expected win rate, or the amount the player can expect to win or lose. The players expected win rate using basic strategy depends on the casino's blackjack rules and the number of decks being used.

Some of these variations favor the house and some favor the player. The following is a list of unfavorable conditions and how they affect the players expected win rate.

  • Dealers hitting soft seventeen decreases the expected win rate by .20%
  • Playing with two decks decreases the expected win rate by .30%
  • Playing with four decks decreases the expected win rate by .48%
  • Playing with six or eight decks decreases the expected win rate by .56%
  • The inability to double down on nine decreases the expected win rate by .13%
  • The inability to double down on soft hands decreases the expected win rate by .13%
FAVORABLE GAME CONDITIONS

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