View Full Version : multiple hand BJ

05-04-2005, 09:37 PM
can someone explain (mathmatically) why it is better to play one hand of blackjack instead of 3 at one table?
i know it has to do with the dealer getting a blackjack, but need a little help.

05-04-2005, 10:01 PM
Wouldn't the casino have triple the edge since you are playing 3 times as much?

05-04-2005, 10:40 PM
true but.....
it is worse to play 3 ten dollar hands than one $30

05-04-2005, 11:12 PM
it is worse to play 3 ten dollar hands than one $30

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There is no appreciable difference. Maybe you are thinking of the cut card effect, which I imagine may be slightly bigger if playing multiple hands. This effect is negligible.


05-04-2005, 11:43 PM
If neither the house nor the player changes its strategy, I think the "doing business reduces variance but does not change EV" argument we see every few weeks in the poker threads applies here.

I can think of a couple very tiny possibilities - one, the player sees more cards before he decides whether to take insurance, split, double down, which to an expert counter might save him a few extra pennies. On the other hand, the house might be shuffling just a tad earlier in the shoe since more cards are used per deal, which costs the counter a few pennies.