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Is it even possible?
This is a typical question one might encounter in an introductory statistics class.
Because the sum of a large number of random variables always will approach a bell curve we can use the central limit theorem to source at the answer.
From my section on the we find the standard deviation in blackjack to be 1.
Any basic statistics book should have a standard normal table which will give the Z statistic of 0.
So the probability of being ahead in your example is about 18%.
I have a few questions regarding blackjack: How often can one expect the dealer to bust and how often can a player expect to win four hands in a row?
When the dealer stands on a soft 17, the dealer will bust about 29.
When the dealer hits on a soft 17, the dealer will bust about 29.
According to mythe probability of a net win is 42.
However, if we skip ties, the probability is 46.
So, the probability of a four wins in a row is 0.
First of all, I would like to add my name to the growing list of people who love your web site.
Your information is quite valuable to both the beginning and expert gambler, and you present your findings in a pleasant, understandable, and even humorous manner.
I always check out your site before I head to Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe just to remind me how to play smartly.
Anyway, on to my question.
Well, more of an observation: when the dealer pulls a 5 on a 16 for their sixth consecutive win, there's always someone who gets up and leaves the table, muttering that the dealer is a mean cruel heartless soul, and goes in search of a "hotter" table.
But is there any truth in this?
Obviously the dealer is inconsequential to the cards dealt I like to say the dealer is "simply a messenger of the cards" but are streaks in an 8-deck shoe inevitable, see more even predictable?
Or is it more like your roulette example, where the odds of each new round are exactly the same?
Thanks once again for your web site.
Thanks for your kind words.
Streaks, such as the dealer drawing a 5 to a 16, are inevitable but not predictable.
Blackjack is not entirely a game of independent trials like roulette, but the deck is not predisposed to run in streaks.
For the non-card counter it may be assumed that the odds are the same in each new round.
Putting aside some minor effects of deck composition, the dealer who pulled a 5 to a 16 the last five times in a row would be just as likely to do it the next time as the dealer who had been busting on 16 for several hours.
According to mythe probability of an overall win in blackjack is 42.
I'm going to assume you wish to ignore ties for purposes of the streak.
In that case, the probability of a win, given a resolved bet, is 46.
The probability of winning n hands is a row is 0.
So the probability of winning six in a row is 0.
Can it actually be true that what I experience has a statistical base?
It seems to me that it takes a lot longer to win X number of chips that to lose the same amount I only play blackjack.
For example, if I start with 300 chips, it might take hours to double my money my goalyet I can lost that number in what seems like almost no time at all.
Can this really be true?
Also, do you have a rule of thumb about when to leave the table when you are winning?
What you have experienced is likely the result of some very bad losing streaks.
It may also be the result of progressive betting or mistakes in strategy.
The basic strategy flat bettor should have a roughly symmetrical expectation in terms of steep ups and downs, slightly favoring steep downs due to the house edge and a 48% chance of a losing hand compared to 43% chance of winning.
If I'm playing for fun then I leave the table when I'm not having fun any longer.
In a six-deck shoe, what is the percentage of times that a blackjack ace face card or ten will come up?
Let n be the number of decks.
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I always turn to your site when I'm having questions, most of the time I will find the answer but not always.
When playing basic strategy blackjack I understand that I will have ups and downs and over the long run I will roughly break even, my question is what is really "over the long run"?
A month, a year, five years?
Thanks for the kind words.
You ask a good question for which there is no firm answer.
It is more a matter of degree, the more you play the more your results will approach the house edge.
I recently replaced my with some information about the standard deviation which may help.
For example this table shows that if you play 10,000 hands of blackjack the probability is 90% of finishing within 192 units where you started after subtracting the expected loss due to the house edge.
So in 10,000 hands you are likely to win or lose less than 2% of total money bet due to random variation.
However if we go up to one million hands the probability is 90% of an 0.
In general the variation in the mean is inversely proportional to the square root of the number of hands you play.
All of this assumes flat betting, otherwise the math really gets messy.
Please explain how to calculate the probability of a blackjack occurring in a single deck.
Do you have any idea what the "record" is for the most sevens thrown with a pair of fair dice in craps is?
I had someone tell me it was 84, but the odds against that many sevens in a row being thrown is so long I'm skeptical.
It seems it's more possible that 84 consecutive passes have come out, but even that's a million to one shot figuratively--literally, it's much worse.
I tried to look on the Web but have no idea where I would find something like that.
Since this question was submitted, a player held the dice for 154 rolls on May 23, 2009 in Atlantic City.
The probability of this is 1 in 5,590,264,072.
For the probability for any number of throws from 1 to 200, please see my.
For how to solve the problem yourself, see my site, problem 204.
The standard deviation of one hand is 1.
If the first card dealt is an ace what is the probability the dealer will have a blackjack?
There are 103 cards remaining in the two decks and 32 are tens.
There are 24 sevens in the shoe.
What piece of information am Craps buy odds missing?
If the odds of pulling a ten count card out of a deck is about 30.
Why do blackjack simulators and blackjack authors state that the odds for a blackjack are 4.
What am I missing?
You are forgetting that there are two possible orders, either the ace or the ten can be first.
Our local casino hands out promotional coupons, which act as a first-card ace in blackjack.
Do you blackjack probability question the overall expectation of having an ace as your first card?
Your question however could be rephrased as, "what is the value of the ace, given that the other card is not a ten.
I checked your web site and I could only find appendixes for multiple card hands in 1 and 2 deck games.
Is this article correct?
The fewer the decks and the greater the number of cards the more this is true.
To test the most likely case to favor hitting, 8 decks and only 3 cards, I ran every possible situation through my combinatorial program.
The following table displays the results.
So standing is the marginally better play.
Following this rule will result in an extra unit once every 1117910 hands.
It would take about 5 years playing blackjack 40 hours a week before this piece of advice saved the player one unit.
I play 6 deck blackjack in Tunica, MS.
The dealer hits on soft 17.
It seems only a 10 or face card can beat this and the odds would be in my favor if the dealer draws more than one card.
Also, since most strategies are based on millions of calculations done on a computer, I wonder if those of us who will never play a million hands can rely on slight variations like this one.
Is this a poor, fair or bad move to make?
According to my the expected return of standing is -0.
So my hitting you will save 6.
This is not even a marginal play.
There is no sound bite answer to explain why you should hit.
These expected values consider all the numerous ways the hand can play out.
The best play for a billion hands is the best play for one hand.
If you want to deviate from the basic strategy here are some borderline plays: 12 against 3, 12 against 4, 13 against free poker video, 16 against 10.
Deviating on these hands will cost you much less.
My friend and I are debating two blackjack issues that arose from his Caribbean Vacation.
House favor or player favor?
It depends on the number of decks.
Here is the exact answer for various numbers of decks.
What is the probability that you play ten hands and never obtain a two-card 21?
Assume the cards are reshuffled after each play?
If the probability of a blackjack is p then the probability of not getting any blackjacks in 10 hands is 1- 1-p 10.
For example in a six deck game the answer would be 1- 0.
If there were a shuffle between hands the probability would increase substantially.
It depends whether there is a shuffle between the blackjacks.
Dear Wizard, I was recently playing blackjack with somewhat of a card-shark who also happens to be my friend.
We played casino rules, with one deck- and switched the deal after each time the deck expired.
Later, while I was shuffling- I more info two 9 of spades side by side.
My friend obviously claimed he did not know about this, but it seems unlikely.
My question is, if you were playing in a similar scenario and were to add one card to the deck, which card would be most advantageous if only you knew about it.
Thank you for your time.
From my we see that each 9 removed from a single deck game increases the house edge by 0.
However if you were going to cheat it would be much better to remove an ace, which increases the house edge by 0.
If you were to add a card as the dealer you should add a 5, which increases the house edge by 0.
So, the best card for the player is the ace and the best for the dealer is the 5.
Occasionally I will increase the bet because I "feel" like I am going to win the next one.
I would think that just about all recreational players bet on feel once in a while at least.
I was reading through some of your past Ask the Wizard columns and saw your calculation of the probability of a string of losses in the August 4, 2002 Column.
My question though is what does that really mean?
Is it that when I sit down at the table, 1 out of my next 173 playing sessions I can expect to have an 8 hand losing streak?
Or does it mean that on any given loss it is a 1 in 173 chance that it was the first of 8 losses coming my way?
I know, I know, its some sort of divine intervention betting system I am talking about and no betting system affects the house edge.
Besides every once in awhile throwing down a bigger bet just adds to the excitement and for some reason it seems logical that if you have lost a string of hands you are "due" for a win.
I have no problem with increasing your bet when you get a lucky feeling.
What is important is that you play your cards right.
Unless you are counting cards you have the free will to bet as much as you want.
As I always say all betting systems are equally worthless so flying by the seat of your pants is just as good as flat betting over the long term.
When I said the probability of losing 8 hands in a row is 1 in 173 I meant that starting with the next hand the probability of losing 8 in a row is 1 in 173.
The chances of 8 losses in a row over a session are greater the longer the session.
I hope this answers your question.
Dear wiz, I am a blackjack dealer here in Vegas and the other night dealing, I had 4 out of the 6 ace of spades in my hand.
I had A-A-K-A-A-10, so good think is I busted, but quick calculations on the game, we figured getting 4 out of the six aces on one had is around 7mil to 1.
Is this number a little high?
However there are other ways you get four aces in the same hand, for example the last card might be an 8 or 9.
I would have to do a computer simulation to consider all the other combinations.
After performing my own infinite deck analysis for Blackjack with the same rules as yours dealer stands all 17s, re-splitting allowed to 4 hands except Aces, which can only be split once, doubling after splitting, draw only one card to split AcesI came across your site.
In comparing expected values, I obtained the same numbers as you in all cases, except for pair splitting, which were slightly different.
It took me years to get the splitting pairs correct myself.
Cindy of was very helpful.
Resplitting up to four hands is allowed.
Here is how I did it.
For each rank determine the probability of that rank, given that the probability of another 8 is zero.
Take the dot product of the probability and expected value over each rank.
The hardest part of all this is step 3.
I have a very ugly subroutine full of long formulas I determine using probability trees.
It gets especially ugly when the dealer has a 10 or ace up.
Dear wiz, How do you calculate the probability of getting three sevens, three colored sevens, and three suited sevens in blackjack?
The number of ways to draw 3 suited sevens is the number of suits 4 times the number of ways to choose 3 out of 6 sevens of that suit in the shoe.
Good job and well done.
The question: I notice from your May 5, 2003 Column that you actually CALCULATE your blackjack odds.
I am a bit surprised that you were not using your computer to SIMULATE the results.
Or is this a stupid question, i.
Yes, I calculate blackjack odds using a combinatorial approach, analyzing every possible ways the player and dealer cards can come out, taking the greatest expected value at every decision point.
This is harder to program than a simulation but I feel is more elegant and a nice challenge in recursive programming.
However I still respect my peers to do simulations.
I recently went to Vegas and had an incredible hand of blackjack.
Then was dealt blackjack on all 4 hands!
What are the odds on this?
It was a 6 card deck shoe, I was sitting in 3 seat of a 4 person game.
Assume a fresh shuffle?
Not too many places allow resplitting aces, so be glad you were playing somewhere that did.
Your seat position does not matter.
I just witnessed a friend get four blackjacks in a row starting with the first hand of a newly shuffled single deck playing head to head against the dealer.
Instead of a decimal probability, could you tell me the odds of this?
It must be astronomical.
Hope to hear from you.
I seem to get a variation of this question at least once a month.
If the probability of something happening is p then the probability of it happening n times in a row is p n.
However the actual probability is much less, because as the player gets each blackjack the ratio of aces to cards left in the deck decreases.
First I wanted to tell you how much I look at and love your web site, and admire your math skills.
Thank you very much.
Michael, a person asked you if they are not counting cards in blackjack, what difference online tip it make how many decks are being used.
You stated the difference had mostly to do with the number of stiff hands possible, due to the fact that if a small card came out it was more likely a large card would follow and vice-a-versa.
How could that be?
Would it still not be a random event with the blackjack probability question of a small or large card coming out being equal, if you are not counting?
Every legitimate blackjack expert agrees the house edge decreases as the number of decks goes down, all other rules being equal.
However it is hard to explain why.
First, it is true that you are more likely to get one small card and one big card in single-deck than multiple-deck.
Although stiffs can cut both ways the player has the free will to stand, the dealer must always hit them.
At a single deck game what is the probability all three players and the dealer get a blackjack the first round after a shuffle?
Following are the probabilities: Player 1 0.
There is a lot of useful and interesting info.
Where would you suggest that a person interested in writing something similar to your "blackjack house edge calculator" go for more info?
Thank you for your response.
Thanks for the compliment.
It took me years to get my blackjack engine to work perfectly splits when the dealer had a 10 or ace showing was very tricky.
An easier way to get the house edge for blackjack is to write a random simulation.
I am a blackjack dealer and last night I amazed my table on a single-deck blackjack game the click at this page 6 to 5.
My hand consisted of an Ace up, Ace in the hole and then I drew the other 2 Aces and then a 7 for 21!
What are the odds of this happening and I am especially interested in knowing the math.
In blackjack, what is the probability of the dealer making a stopping hand 17-21 drawing eight cards?
This happened to a friend of mine online and I think it's an extremely rare occurrence.
How about seven cards?
Thanks for the great site and keep up the awesome work!
Thanks for the compliment.
Assuming a six-deck game, where the dealer stands on soft 17, and the player plays basic strategy here are the rounded results based on a 100-million hand simulation.
Event Probability Dealer has only blackjack 1 in 22 Player doubles or splits 1 in 7.
So the larger the bankroll the better your chances.
The house edge will lower the probability of success by an amount that is hard to quantify.
For a low house edge game like blackjack, the reduction in the probability of success will be small.
It would take a random simulation to know for sure.
Forgive me if I don't bother with that.
VegasClick did a small simulation about.
As I read your analysis of the side bet inam I correct that your odds are for the first hand of the shoe?
It seems to me that if the suits get unbalanced in any direction it would slightly lessen the house edge, and the suits will certainly fluctuate through the shoe.
This is not true.
The remaining deck needs to be exhibit more than a certain degree of skewness for the odds to swing to the player's favor.
Consider a hypothetical side that blackjack probability question 3 to 1 for any suited pair in a one-deck game.
What all this shows is that if cards are removed at a uniform distribution the odds of winning go down, however at a very skewed distribution the odds go up.
As the deck is played down sometimes your odds get better, and sometimes worse, but in the long run they average out and stay at a 23.
I have been a dealer for 27 years and have seen a lot.
One of my favorites was a guy who never looked at his cards playing blackjack.
I thought he was nuts of course but some days he won and some days he lost.
Just like most people.
I tried this myself on a free gambling website and won 2 out of 3 times gambling 20 minute sessions.
My question is this: How much worse off are you doing this than trying to play basic strategy?
Under typical Vegas rules 6-deck, dealer hits soft 17 the house edge by always standing is 15.
I lost a lot of money playing Cryptologic Blackjack today.
Within 35 hands, the dealer showed a 6 seven times and won each time.
This was verified through the logs.
If the probability of a dealer bust is 56% with a six, my calculation suggests the odds of this independent event happening six consecutive times is 0.
At they use 8 decks and blackjack probability question dealer stands on a soft 17.
According to mythe probability of the dealer busting with a 6 up is 0.
So the probability of not busing is 1 - 0.
The probability of not busing 7 times out of 7 is 0.
First off, my apologies if you consider this a basic math question.
We use six decks.
Neither my player or I had ever seen this before.
What are the odds of this?
I am a pit supervisor at a local casino and recently had a dealer deal two players two seven of clubs each and give himeself the last seven of clubs as his upcard on a five-deck shoe.
What are the odds of five of the same card coming out of a five-deck shoe in order?
According to standard BJ rules and perfect basic strategy, how many percent of my DOUBLED DOWN hands should I expect to win, push and lose?
Assuming liberal Vegas Strip rules six decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double after split allowed, late surrender allowed, resplitting aces allowed the following are the probabilities of each possible outcome when doubling on the initial two cards.
This does not include doubling after splitting.
I was playing strict Basic Strategy for New Zealand conditions not counting, CSM in use.
Have you ever heard of such a horror streak?
My calculations estimate the probability of 19 straight losses as 1 chance in about 207,000; you may well correct me on this.
Had I done anything differently, I would have been cleaned out well before the 19 hands came up.
From my we see the following probabilities for each initial hand.
By way of comparison, the probability of being dealt a royal flush in video poker is 1 in 649,740, or 2.
If in an 8-deck or continuous shuffle blackjack game there is no difference in the probabilities of a card appearing at any time, why have you posted?
If the probabilities say hit on 16 vs.
I see the change if the deck is shrinking or in a game like Spanish 21 where there is a bonus for 21 with 5 or more cards, but why in an 8-deck game or continuous shuffle?
The reason the strategy changes, according to the number of cards in your hand, as shown in appendix 18, is that every card that leaves the deck changes the probabilities of every card left to be played.
A good example is the single-deck basic strategy says to surrender 7,7 against a 10; but for any other blackjack probability question you should hit.
The reason you should surrender is half the sevens have already been removed from the deck.
You need another seven to make 21, the only hand that will beat a dealer 20.
So the shortage of sevens lowers the expected value of hitting to under half a bet, making surrender the better play.
In an eight-deck shoe there are 416 cards.
That may seem like a lot, but 16 against a 10 is such a borderline hand that removal of just one card can making standing a better winning at chart />The rule is that for eight or fewer decks if your 16 is composed of three or more cards, and the dealer has a 10, then you should stand.
In a two-card 16 the average points per card is 8, with a 3-card 16 the average is 5.
With more small cards out of the deck in the 3-card hand the remaining deck becomes more large card rich, making hitting more dangerous, swaying the odds in favor of standing.
Thanks for maintaining this web site!
I have a question about a blackjack rule that is applied in Dutch casinos: When being dealt a pair of sevens, a third seven will earn you 2:1 on your bet, regardless if you win the hand or not.
However, this only applies when the sevens have NOT been split.
I know that there are 6 dealer up cards in basic strategy that allow splitting sevens and 7 that do not, so the player should have an edge in this particular situation.
But what are the odds of being dealt 3 sevens in blackjack in the first place?
And if dealt 3 sevens, what are the odds they qualify for the 2:1 pay-out rule, based on a 4 to 6 decks, dealer stands on soft 17 basic strategy chart?
Hope you can figure this one out for me.
Keep up the good work!
I show that rule is worth 0.
Despite the incentive to hit 7,7 against a dealer 2-7, the player should still follow basic strategy and split.
I think he should wait because he could get a two, three, four, five, etc.
What do you think?
Or is my friend just a whiner?
Thank you for your time.
Maybe you can take advantage of his complaining by offering to buy his hand for less than the fair 79 cents on the dollar.
Bally Gaming has a single-deck, multi-hand, blackjack game.
The player plays seven hands against a single dealer hand.
There is an interesting rule in that if the game runs out of cards, all unbusted player hands automatically win.
What is the probability of running out of cards?
Can have suggest any strategy changes to run out the deck?
The house edge using total-dependent basic strategy is 2.
I ran a 7-player simulation, using total-dependent basic strategy, and the average number of cards used per round was 21.
In almost 190 million rounds played, the most cards ever used was 42, which happened 7 times.
It is my educated opinion that even with computer perfect composition-dependent strategy the player would still realistically never see the last card.
You could cut down the house edge much more using composition-dependent strategy, according to all the cards seen as you go along.
I wrote a letter of complaint about it to the casino manager, stating in part: I just wanted to express my disappointment in this change, if it is true.
I never had a chance to take advantage of the promotion and doubt I will be able to now.
Also, you have thirty days in which to complete the card.
I hope you understand this is not a task that is unreachable with that much time.
I THANK YOU for your letter.
Hope you can give it a try and win some money!
What is the probability of getting 30 blackjacks in four hours?
According to myblackjack players play about 70 hands per hour.
I assume a blackjack tie still gets a stamp.
The probability of filling the card in 4 hours, assuming 280 hands, is 1 in 30,000 playing one hand at a time.
I suspect any player achieving the goal in four hours was playing at least two hands at a time.
This question was raised and discussed in the forum of my companion site.
On a recent Vegas trip I saw the dealer get a 9-card 21.
The rules were six decks and the dealer stood on soft 17.
What are the odds of that?
The probability of the dealer getting exactly a 9-card 21 under those rules is 1 see more 32,178,035.
Here is the probability for various numbers of decks and whether dealer hits or stands on soft 17.
Decks Stand Soft 17 Hit Soft 17 1 1 in 278,315,855 1 in 214,136,889 2 1 in 67,291,581 1 in 41,838,903 4 1 in 38,218,703 1 in 22,756,701 6 1 in 32,178,035 1 in 18,980,158 8 1 in 29,749,421 1 in 17,394,420 Assuming six decks and the dealer stands on soft 17, here is the probability of the dealer getting a 21 or a blackjack in the case of two cardsaccording to the total number of cards.
Cards Probability 2 1 in 21 3 1 in 19 4 1 in 56 5 1 in 323 6 1 in 3,034 7 1 in 42,947 8 1 in 929,766 9 1 in 32,178,035 10 1 in 1,986,902,340 11 1 in 270,757,634,011 12 1 in 167,538,705,629,468 Not that you asked, but the next table shows the probability of the dealer making any non-busted hand under the same rules by the number of cards.
Cards Probability 2 1 in 3 3 1 in 4 4 1 in 12 5 1 in 67 6 1 in 622 7 1 in 8,835 8 1 in 193,508 9 1 in 6,782,912 10 1 in 424,460,108 11 1 in 58,597,858,717 12 1 in 36,553,902,750,535 For more discussion about this question, please visit my forum at.
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Odds and Probability in Blackjack One of the most interesting aspects of blackjack is the probability math involved.
This page takes a look at how blackjack probability works.
It also includes sections on the odds in various blackjack situations you might encounter.
An Introduction to Probability Probability is the branch of mathematics that deals with the likelihood of events.
Probability is also the branch of math that governs gambling.
After all, what is gambling besides placing bets on various events?
When you can analyze the payoff of the bet in blackjack probability question to the odds of winning, you blackjack probability question determine whether or not a bet is a long term winner or link />The Probability Formula The basic formula for probability is simple.
You divide the number of ways something can happen by the total possible number of events.
Here are three examples.
Example 1: You want to determine the probability of getting heads when you flip a coin.
You only have one way of blackjack probability question heads, but there are two possible outcomes�heads or tails.
Example 2: You want to determine the probability of rolling a 6 on a standard die.
You have one possible way of rolling a six, but there are six possible results.
Example 3: You want to determine the probability of drawing the ace of spades out of a deck of cards.
A probability is always a number between 0 and 1.
An event with a probability of 0 will never happen.
An event with a probability of 1 will always happen.
Here are three more examples.
Example 4: You want to know the probability of rolling a seven on a single die.
There is no seven, so there are zero ways for this to happen out of six possible results.
Example 5: You want to know the probability of drawing a joker out of a deck of cards with no joker in it.
There are zero jokers and 52 possible cards to draw.
Example 6: You have a two headed coin.
Your probability of getting heads is 100%.
A fraction is just one way of expressing a probability, though.
You can also express fractions as a decimal or a percentage.
You probably remember how to convert a fraction into a decimal or a percentage from junior high school math, though.
Expressing a Probability in Odds Format The more interesting and useful way to express probability is in odds format.
Here are a couple of examples of this.
Example 1: You want to express your chances of rolling a six on a six sided die blackjack probability question odds format.
There are five ways to get something other than a six, and only one way to get a six, so the odds are 5 to 1.
Example 2: You want to express the odds of drawing an ace of spades out a deck of cards.
Odds become useful when you compare them with payouts on bets.
True odds are when a bet pays off at the same rate as its probability.
He bets a dollar on every roll of a single die, and he gets to guess a number.
In the short run, of course, anything can happen.
If you changed the equation slightly, you could play this game at a profit.
But his winnings would be large enough to compensate for those 5 losses and then some.
The difference between the payout odds on a bet and the true odds is where every casino in the world makes its money.
The only bet in the casino which offers a true odds payout is the odds bet in craps, and you have to make a bet at a disadvantage before you can place that bet.
A roulette wheel has 38 numbers on it.
Your odds of picking the correct number are therefore 37 to 1.
A bet on a single number in roulette only pays off at 35 to 1.
You can also look at the odds of multiple events occurring.
Here are some examples of how that works.
To get a blackjack, you need either an ace-ten combination, or a ten-ace combination.
You have four aces in the deck, and you have 52 total cards.
There are 16 cards in the deck with a value of ten; four each of a jack, queen, king, and ten.
You want to know if one or the other is going to happen, so you add the two probabilities together.
That translates to approximately 0.
In all 4 of those hands, no ace or 10 has appeared.
What is your probability of getting a blackjack now?
There are only 28 cards left in the deck.
Again, you could get a blackjack by getting an ace and a ten or by getting a ten and then an ace, so you add the two probabilities together.
This last example demonstrates why counting cards works.
The deck has a memory of sorts.
The House Edge The house edge is a related concept.
Your house edge is 16.
With blackjack, calculating this house edge is harder.
After all, you have to keep up with the expected value for every situation and then add those together.
Luckily, this is easy enough to do with a computer.
What does the house edge for blackjack amount to, then?
It depends on the game and the rules variations in place.
It also depends on the quality of your decisions.
If you play perfectly in every situation�making the move with the highest possible expected value�then the house edge is usually between 0.
If you just guess at what the correct blackjack probability question is in every situation, you can add between 2% and 4% to that number.
Even for the gambler who ignores basic blackjack probability question, blackjack is one of the best games in the casino.
Of course, this expected hourly win or loss rate is an average over a long period of time.
Over any small number of sessions, your results will vary wildly from the expectation.
Effects of Different Rules on the House See more The conditions under which you play blackjack affect the house edge.
For example, the more decks in play, the higher the house edge.
If the dealer hits a soft 17 instead of standing, the house edge goes up.
Getting paid 6 to 5 instead of 3 to 2 for a blackjack also increases the house edge.
Luckily, we know the effect each of these changes has on the house edge.
Using this information, we can link educated decisions about which games to play and which games to avoid.
Rules Variation Effect on House Edge 6 to 5 payout on a natural instead of the stand 3 to 2 payout +1.
There are multiple rules variations you can find, some of which are so dramatic that the game gets a different name entirely.
Examples include Spanish 21 and Double Exposure.
The composition of the deck affects the house edge, too.
We touched on this earlier when discussing how card counting works.
But we can go into more detail here.
Every card that should ever in blackjack removed from the deck moves the house edge up or down on the subsequent hands.
This might not make sense initially, but think about it.
If you removed all the aces from the deck, it would be impossible to get a 3 to 2 payout on a blackjack.
Card Rank Effect on House Edge When Removed 2 -0.
Looking at these numbers is telling, especially when you compare these percentages with the values given to the cards when counting.
The low cards 2-6 have the most dramatic effect on the house edge.
The middle cards 7-9 have a much smaller effect.
Then the high cards, aces and tens, also have a large effect.
The most important cards are the aces and the fives.
Each of those cards is worth over 0.
You can also look at the probability that a dealer will bust based on her up card.
This provides some insight into how basic strategy decisions work.
Players generally stand more often when the dealer has a six or lower showing.
Summary and Further Reading Odds and probability in blackjack is a subject with endless ramifications.
The most important concepts to understand are how to calculate probability, how to understand expected value, and how to quantify the house edge.
Understanding the underlying probabilities in the game makes and easier.
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Can we create a flawless winning strategy in a Casino using Data Science?
Otherwise, all the data scientists out there would be sitting on piles of cash and the casinos would shut us out!
But, in this article we will learn how to evaluate if a game in Casino is biased or fair.
We will understand the biases working in a casino and create strategies to become profitable.
We will also learn how can we control the probability of going bankrupt in Casinos.
To make the article interactive, I have added few puzzles in the end to use these strategies.
If you can crack them there is no strategy that can make you hedge against loosing in a Casino.
If your answer for second question is more than half of question one, then you fall in same basket as most of the players going to a Casino and you make them profitable!
Hence, the expected losses of a trade in Casino is almost equal to zero.
Why do our chances of gaining 100% or more are less than 50% but our chances of losing 100% is a lot more than 50%.
My recent experience with BlackJack Last week, I went to Atlantic City � the casino hub of US east coast.
BlackJack has always been my favorite game because of a lot of misconceptions.
For the starters, let me take you through how BlackJack is played.
There are few important things to note about BlackJack.
Player tries to maximize his score without being burst.
There are a few more complicated concepts like insurance and split, which is beyond the scope of this article.
So, we will keep things simple.
I was excited about all the winning I was about to get!!
I will try not to talk a lot in that language.
So if you are scared of probabilities you are fine.
No knowledge of R is required to understand the output.
What to expect in this article?
Here are the questions, I will try to answer in this article.
Is it more than 50% as I thought, or was I terribly wrong?
I can certainly use that when I go to Casino the next time.
What would https://juegoenelmundo.com/blackjack/pokerstars-table-size.html do?
By now, you will know that your cards are really poor but do you take another card and expose yourself to the risk of getting burst OR you will take the chance to stay and let the dealer get burst.
Simulation 1 Let us try to calculate the probability of the dealer getting burst.
This function will take input as the initial hand and draw a new card.
There are 6 possible blackjack probability question for the dealers - getting a hard 17, 18,19, 20, 21 or getting burst.
Here is the probability distribution given for the first card of the dealer.
The probability of the dealer getting burst is 39.
This means you will loose 60% of times � Is that a good strategy?
With this additional information, we can make refinement to the probability of winning given our 2 cards and dealers 1 card.
Define the set for player's first 2+ sure card sum.
It can be between 12-21.
If the sum was less than 12, player will continuously take more cards till he is in this range.
And if the dealer does not have the same, the Player is definite to win.
The probability of winning for the player sum 12-16 should ideally be equal to the probability of dealer going burst.
Dealer will have to open a new card if it has a sum between 12-16.
This is actually the case which validates that our two simulations are consistent.
To decide whether it is worth opening another card, calls into question what will be the probability to win if player decides to take another card.
Insight 2 � If your sum is more than 17 and dealer gets a card 2-6, odds of winning is in your favor.
This is even without including Ties.
Simulation 3 In this simulation the only visit web page from simulation 2 is that, player will pick one additional card.
Favorable probability table if you choose to draw a card is as follows.
So what did you learn from here.
Is it beneficial to draw a card at 8 + 6 or stay?
Favorable probability without drawing a card at 8 + 6 and dealer has 4 ~ 40% Favorable probability with drawing a card at 8 + 6 and dealer has 4 ~ 43.
Here is the difference of %Favorable events for each of the combination that can help you design a strategy.
Cells highlighted in green are where you need to pick a new card.
Cells highlighted in pink are all stays.
Cells not highlighted are where player can make a random choice, difference in probabilities is indifferent.
Our win rate is far lower than the loss rate of the game.
It would have been much better if we just tossed a coin.
The biggest difference is that the dealer wins if both the player and the dealer gets burst.
Insight 3 � Even with the best strategy, a player wins 41% times as against dealer who wins 49% times.
The difference is driven by the tie breaker when both player and dealer goes burst.
This is consistent with our burst table, which shows that probability of the dealer getting burst is 28.
Hence, both the blackjack probability question and the dealer getting burst will be 28.
Deep dive into betting strategy Now we know what is the right gaming strategy, however, even the best gaming strategy can lead you to about 41% wins and 9% ties, leaving you to a big proportion of losses.
Is there a betting strategy that can come to rescue us from this puzzle?
The probability of winning in blackjack is known now.
We know that the strategy that works in a coin toss event will also work in black jack.
However, coin toss event is significantly less computationally intensive.
What got me to thinking was that even though the average value of anyone leaving the casino is same as what one starts with, the percentage times someone becomes bankrupt blackjack probability question much higher than 50%.
Also, if you increase the number of games, the just click for source times someone becomes bankrupt increases.
On your lucky days, you can win as much as you can possibly win, and Casino will never stop you saying that Casino is now bankrupt.
So in this biased game between you and Casino, for a non-rigged game, both you and Casino has the expected value of no gain no loss.
But you have a lower bound and Casino has no lower bound.
So, to pull the expected value down, a high number of people like you have to become bankrupt.
Let us validate this theory through a simuation using the previously defined functions.
Clearly the bankruptcy rate and maximum earning seem correlation.
What it means is that the more games you play, your probability of becoming bankrupt and becoming a millionaire both increases simultaneously.
So, if it is not your super duper lucky day, you will end up loosing everything.
Imagine 10 people P1, P2, P3, P4 �.
P10 is most lucky, P9 is second in line�.
P1 is the most unlucky.
Next in line of bankruptcy is P2 and so on.
In no time, P1 and P2 would rob Read article />Casino is just a medium to redistribute wealth if the games are fair and not rigged, which we have already concluded is not the case.
Insight 4 � The more games you play, the chances of your bankruptcy and maximum amount you can win, both increases for a fair game which itself is a myth.
Is there a way to control for this bankruptcy in a non-bias game?
What if we make the game fair.
Now this looks fair!
Let us run the same simulation we ran with the earlier strategy.
Again mathematician style � Hence Proved!
The Bankruptcy rate clearly fluctuates around 50%.
You can decrease it even further if you cap your earning at a lower % than 100%.
But sadly, no one can cap their winning when they are in Casino.
And not stopping at 100% makes them more likely to become bankrupt later.
Insight 5 � The only way to win in a Casino is to decide the limit of winning.
On your lucky day, you will actually win that limit.
If you do otherwise, you will be bankrupt even in your most lucky day.
Exercise 1 Level : Low � If you set your higher limit of earning as 50% instead of 100%, at what % will your bankruptcy rate reach a stagnation?
Exercise 2 Level : High � Martingale is a famous betting strategy.
The rule is simple, whenever you loose, you make the bet twice of the last bet.
Once you win, you come back to the original minimum bet.
You win 3 games and then you loose 3 games and finally you win 1 game.
For such a betting strategy, find: a.
If the expected value of winning changes?
Does probability of winning changes at the end of a series of game?
Is this strategy any better than our constant value strategy without any upper bound?
Talk about bankruptcy rate, expect value at the end of series, probability to win more games, highest earning potential.
High number of matches can be as high as 500, low number of matches can be as low as 10.
Exercise 3 Level � Medium � For the Martingale strategy, does it make sense to put a cap on earning at 100% to decrease the chances of bankruptcy?
Is this strategy any better than our constant value strategy with 100% upper bound with constant betting?
Talk about bankruptcy rate, expect value at the end of series, probability link win more games, highest earning potential.
End Notes Casinos are the best place to apply concepts of mathematics and the worst place to test these concepts.
As most of the games are rigged, you will only have fair chances to win while playing against other players, in games like Poker.
If there was one thing you want to take away from this article before entering a Casino, that will be always fix the upper bound to %earning.
You might think that this is against your winning streak, however, this is the only way to play a level game with Casino.
I hope you enjoyed reading this articl.
If you use these strategies next time you visit a Casino I bet you will find them extremely helpful.
If you have any doubts feel free to post them below.
Now, I am sure you are excited enough to solve the three examples referred in this article.
Make sure you share your answers with us in the comment section.
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The odds in a casino are not in line with the odds of winning.
Or we could just go random as well in the game and yet come out even every time.