The biggest mistake, and the most sure way to lose your money in blackjack is to play on tables that pay out blackjack at 6:5.
DO NOT PLAY 6:5 BLACKJACK
It really doesn’t matter if you play for fun, play perfect basic strategy, or count cards professionally, you can’t win money if the blackjack table you are playing at pays blackjack wins at 6:5.
Your blackjack table must pay blackjacks 3:2, or else you will lose money.
So what’s 3:2 blackjack? That simply means that if you’re dealt a blackjack (Ace/10 or Ace/face card) you’re paid, for example, $15 for a $10 bet, or $150 for a $100 bet.
The 6:5 payout is written on the table, a sign, or in tiny letters under the mandatory minimum amounts.
There has been a terrible trend in Las Vegas the last year or so. That is blackjack games that before paid 3:2, are now paying 6:5. 6:5 means that for every blackjack you get, you’re only paid $120 for a $100 bet. This payout change has a tremendous statistical effect on the entire game of blackjack. I won’t bore you with the math, just understand 6:5 makes blackjack impossible to beat. 6:5 blackjack makes blackjack unbeatable like any other game in a casino.
YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN WIN MONEY PLAYING BLACKJACK IF BLACKJACKS PAY 3:2, AND YOU COUNT CARDS.
IF YOU NEED PROOF CARD COUNTING WORKS, JUST KNOW THAT CASINOS WILL KICK YOU OUT IF THEY CATCH YOU.
(This, and much more, in my ebook How To Win Playing Blackjack)
In the past, most casinos only had 6:5 on their single deck games. They did this because the public thinks single deck is easier to beat so its very popular. It’s not easier to beat because (1) 6:5 payout, and (2) terrible penetration, and (3) horrible rules. The casinos make a ton of money off of naive single deck blackjack players.
But now casinos are putting 6:5 on all their blackjack games, double deck, 6 decks, and 8 decks.
At least in Las Vegas, the casinos seem to think the economy is better and people are back to gambling. About a year ago, The Venetian and Palazzo changed all their $10, and $15 tables to 6:5. For years The Venetian was a great place to play blackjack because on any night of the week, the casino is crowded. But when they changed to 6:5, I stopped playing there immediately.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, a month ago I was at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas, and found myself at a 6:5 table. I’ve played at the NYNY for years because they always had good rules with $10 minimums. I didn’t even check the payout amounts because I’ve played there so much.
( Note: Because I count cards, and you should too, I play the lowest minimum possible. I do that because I’m waiting for high positive counts to do my real betting.)
Ironically, I was winning without getting any blackjacks. The first blackjack I got, I said wait, you didn’t pay me right. Then they showed me a tiny LED graphic saying 6:5.
Anyway, after this blackjack, my first thought was to leave immediately, but remember my rule in Never Leave a Hot Table – never leave until you have 3 losses in a row because you never know when lady luck is upon you and you’re starting an epic streak.
But after 3 losses in a row I left.
I apologize to the millions of blackjack players because I continued to play for about 15 minutes. I should have left immediately.
The only way the casinos will change back to the fair 3:2 payout is if people refuse to play.
Tip: if you have the bankroll, say $2,500, you can play $25 minimum tables because for the most part, these games are still 3:2. As everyone knows, scared money don’t make money, and even if you count cards, you need 100x your minimum bet to ride the ups and downs in blackjack. As I stated in How To Win Playing Blackjack, this is called “Variance.”
Do not play 6:5 Blackjack, your bank account will thank you.