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HOW TO GET THE EDGE WITH THE

LUCKY LADIES SIDE BET

by KC Brooks

I have been addicted to blackjack ever since reading Revereís "Playing Blackjack as a Business" when I was 15. The art of blackjack is a lifetime endeavor. I went through the learning process backwards, learning Revereís Advanced Point Count first. I found out early that the actual count system is only a small piece of the puzzle. Presently, I travel "my" Devils Triangle (Reno, Wendover, Vegas}, playing mainly single- and double-deck games. Hi Lo is my choice of strategies and "Professional Blackjack" by Wong is my bible. I worship a large spread, and have been known to wong everywhere I go. Thank God I havenít had to register as a wonger yet, but I am sure it is not too far off. I also help fellow AP Nick teach card counting at www.Blackjackclassroom.com. 

I was very excited to write an article on Lucky Ladies. I woke early, showered, and dressed in my nicest duds, hopped in my car and headed for Pahrump ... Oops, sorry about that, wrong article. The Lucky Lady Iím about to tell you about is a side bet offered alongside your regular blackjack wager on many blackjack tables. You can bet anywhere from a buck up to twenty-five dollars on this side bet. There are two pay tables for the Lucky Ladies, depending on the game. The pay tables have the nickname Lucky Ladies 10 (LL10) and Lucky Ladies 9 (LL9). LL10 is usually offered on double-deck games, and LL9 is offered on six- and eight-deck games. However, I have also seen LL10 on shoe games, and even single-deck games. (It would be nice to play in a single-deck game with two queens of hearts).

PAY TABLE

HAND

LL9

LL10

Queen of hearts pair and dealer has a BJ

1000 to 1

1000 to 1

Queen of hearts pair

125 to 1

200 to 1

Matched 20 (same rank and suit)

19 to 1

25 to 1

Suited 20

9 to 1

10 to 1

Unsuited 20

4 to 1

4 to 1

Here are a few examples of winning hands for the Lucky Ladies side bet. If your initial two cards are two unsuited 10s or A-9, you would win 4 to 1. If instead your two initial cards were a pair of suited 10s, youíd win 9 to 1(LL9) and 10 to 1 (LL10). If you are dealt a pair of unsuited queens, LL9 and LL10 pay 125 to 1 and 200 to 1 respectively. Youíll hit the jackpot if you are dealt a pair of queen of hearts and the dealer has a blackjack on same round (1000 to 1 payoff). However, donít get overly excited because the odds of this occurring in a six-deck game is in the neighborhood of 70,000 to 1, and in a double-deck game, itís about 115,000 to 1.

The house edge on the Lucky Ladies (LLís) is huge off the top, in the 25 percent range, but like blackjack, LLís can be beaten with card counting. Fortunately, we can use the same count for LLís as most counters use to beat blackjack, namely Hi-Lo...

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