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Beating the Royal Match Blackjack Side Bet

The Royal Match (RM) wager is one of the oldest blackjack side bets still available. It pays if the player’s first two cards are the same suit. If the cards form the rare hand KQ suited, then there is a premium payout.  It is intuitively clear that there must be situations where the player has the edge. Quantifying the value that can be obtained through practical methods is where the work of the AP begins.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
August 14, 2012

Card Counting the Lucky Lucky Side Bet: Update #1

A few days ago I was contacted by an advantage player who asked me to evaluate a new card counting system for Lucky Lucky (LL). I told him I would do the analysis only if he gave me permission to post the results here. He agreed. His e-mail to me was the following:

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
October 18, 2012

Blackjack Card Counting vs. Blackjack Side Bets: Six Decks

One of my informal rules for this blog is that I don’t consider ordinary blackjack card counting (BJCC). Any easy Google search reveals myriad resources that give the minutia of every aspect of BJCC. At least three generations of APs have dedicated themselves to this game. For my purposes, the question is: how does BJCC stack up against card counting blackjack side bets? In order to answer this, an analysis of BJCC using parameters similar to those used for blackjack side bets was conducted. This post gives the details of this comparative analysis.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
December 10, 2014

Discovering the Lucky Lucky Blackjack Side Bet

In 2009, I made it my mission to visit every casino in the Las Vegas area and to take note of the proprietary table games and side bets they offered. One side bet (Lucky Lucky) in particular caught my eye, both because I had never seen it before and that it was now wide-spread. I decided to contact the distributors of the game and quickly got to know the young entrepreneurs. They were highly motivated and extremely excited about the rising popularity of their side bet. It was clear that their game and their company were undergoing the type of success that few in the industry realize.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
June 24, 2012

Card Counting the Dragon/Fortune 7 Baccarat Side Bet

I first considered if the Dragon 7 baccarat side bet was susceptible to a card counting methodology in mid-2011 when it was exclusively a proprietary side bet owned by DEQ that was associated with the commission free baccarat variant EZ Baccarat. Since that time, the patent for both EZ Baccarat and the Dragon 7 bet have expired (see this post). Naturally, Shuffle Master (SHFL, Bally, whatever) pounced on the opportunity to grab the intellectual property.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
October 13, 2014

Card Counting the Super Pay Egalite Baccarat Side Bet

Many of the side bets I analyze on this blog are small-time opportunities that are unlikely to get much action from card counting APs. That is not the case with UR Way Egalite (URE) baccarat side bet or its first cousin, Super Pay Egalite (SPE). The ordinary Tie bet allows the player to wager that the result of the hand will be a tie. The Tie bet is effectively unbeatable (see this post and this post).

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
October 30, 2013