CAN YOU STAND THE SWINGS?
BLACKJACK VOLATILITY CAN BE BREATHTAKING
by Basil Nestor
Basil Nestor is author of The Smarter Bet Guide to Craps, The Smarter Bet Guide to Blackjack, and other comprehensive gambling guides. Got a question? Visit SmarterBet.com and drop him a line.
Letís say I give you $100. Am I a great fellow or what? However, there are some conditions to this proposed gift. I point toward a couple of gaming tables. One of them offers baccarat and the other is single-deck blackjack. The conditions are simple: you must attempt to double your money (or better) with one bet, one decision, win or lose. Since both games sometimes result in a push, whichever game you choose, you are required to try again until a decision is reached. In addition, a BJ split will cost you nothing. Nada. Zero. You get a second split-hand free for the price of one. A double down is free, too. Those are the conditions. Here is the Ben Franklin.
If you want the best chance to walk away with money, which game should you play?
"Wait a second," you might say, "What are the rules for the games?"
Okay, but note that this isnít a "trick scenario" where some minor rule variation will change the overall answer. Anyway, here are the rules: The baccarat game is dealt with eight decks and uses a standard "American" draw (the game is not chemin-de-fer). The blackjack game is dealt from a single deck. Naturals pay 3:2, H17, DA2, NR, NDAS.
Decision time. Which game should you play?
Than answer is...
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