Modern Blackjack
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  Lucky Lucky A side bet with a complex payoff on 678, 777, 21, 20, or 19 suited or unsuited.

  Pair Square Bet that the first two cards are of the same rank

  Perfect Pairs Bet the first two cards are a pair with various payoffs.

  Sweet 16 Bet the first two cards are a low pair, ace or 16-21 points.

  Streak Bet on streaks of wins.

  Push Your Luck Bet that the player's hand ties with the dealer's hand. The player wins 10 times the side bet.

Note: Casinos are constantly coming up with new side bets. Michael Shackleford keeps an up to date list and analyses of such bets on his excellent site at: www.wizardofodds.com/blackjack/appendix8.html.

Blackjack Win/Play Variations

  Player 21 ties dealer 10 up Blackjack If the dealer has a ten up and an ace down and the player has any 21, there is a push.

  Dealer wins tied 17 This awful option causes tied 17 hands to be lost instead of pushed.

  Dealer wins ties With this option, you lose your bet on a tied hand. This awful rule sometimes is added to counteract another unusual option that heavily favors the player.

  Five cards unbusted wins (Five Card Charlie) With this rule, the player always wins when he receives five cards without busting. Very rare.

  Six cards unbusted wins With this rule, the player always wins when he has received six cards without busting.

  Seven cards unbusted wins With this rule, the player always wins when he has received seven cards without busting. This rule makes almost no difference and can be ignored.

  Player 22 counts as 21 With this rule, the player does not bust with a total of 22.

  Dealer ten up exposes hole card Where this rule exists and the dealer up card is a ten, the dealer flips over the hole card. This is a very valuable rule and will not be found in a casino without some other option that hurts the player.

 

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