With casino gaming being one of the most attractive recreational activities in the United States and over 500 casinos to choose from, AY About You Magazine would like to help you enjoy your gaming experience when playing blackjack by letting you ask professional player and author of “Ask Dr Blackjack”, Sam Barrington, your puzzling questions.
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My last post with AY Magazine had me giving seminars at the Tunica casinos. I have since pulled out of there with the dying casino trend there. At one time they had ten casinos operating there at full capacity. Now, they have six casinos. Increased competition is killing them. When the completion of Oaklawn and Southland is finished, it is rumored another two Tunica casinos will close.
So, let’s get to the questions:
From George in Memphis, Tenn.:
Question: “When should I hit on my 15?”
Sam says: “Always hit a hard 15 when the dealer’s up-card is a 7 through an ace.
If you stand on that 15, you will win 25.36 percent of the time and lose 74.64 percent of the time. That makes a net loss of 49.28 percent.
Now, by hitting that 15, you will win 29.02 percent of the time and lose 66.46 percent of the time and push 4.52 percent of the time.
All totaled up, you are 11.84 percent better off hitting the hard 15.
From Rufus in Little Rock:
Question: “What are the rules on hitting a “hard 16?”
Sam says: “This is a tricky play you have to watch out for or it can cost you a little money. To sum it up, never do it. Just sit there like a lump.
The “hard 16” is the worst hand you can get, so as the saying goes. You work with what you got when facing the dealer’s up-card of 7 through an ace.
If you hit the 16, you will win 25.23 percent of the time, bust out 69.31 percent of the time and push 5.46 percent of the time for a net loss of 44.08 percent of the time.
By standing on the “hard 16” you will win 29.01 percent of the time and lose 70.99 percent of the time for a loss of 41.98 percent of the time.
You end up 2.10 percent better off by “standing”.
That’s the same as winning two more hands out of every 100 times you face that scenario.
That’s better than the annual return on a CD, and you can do this hundreds of times a year.