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Ask The Slot Expert23 November 2000
Thanks for your kind words about our site.
I've forwarded your message to Frank to get his take on this video blackjack game. I'm a blackjack novice myself, but it sounds terrible to me. I don't think the rules make the game bad. I think the 3-to-2 payoff on non-blackjack winning hands is the real killer.
Although a good game occasionally sneaks by in a multi-game machine, most of the time the paybacks are similar for all of the games in the machine. If the best video poker you could find pays back about 93%, I would guess this blackjack pays back about the same, if not even a bit less.
I'll let you know if Frank has anything to add about this game.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
If blackjack didn't pay 3:2 in the real world, the casino would have about a nine percent edge. So the fact that a regular 1:1 pay has now become 0.5:1 makes me think that the game probably has a 10 percent edge for the casino. That's just a guess of course. I figure that 5:1 payoff for the blackjack that comes up once every 21 hands on average just isn't a big enough bonus to make up for the awful payout on the normal hands. I'd avoid this game like the plague. Maybe some of the computer simulators on Wong's page might want to have a go at this game and give the accurate results.
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