Reason #3 why the Wizard likes Bovada: Excellent Odds
In my opinion many online casinos are too stingy when setting the odds on their games. They think they will make more money that way but I believe they are misguided, because when players lose too quickly it's not fun, and those players might not come back.
Bovada is one of the few casinos that understands this. They offer generous odds to let you play longer and get you a better chance of winning. Among their generous offerings are Full-Pay Jacks or Better returning 99.54%, five other video poker games paying over 99%, single-zero roulette, and my favorite, Double Jackpot Poker, returning 99.63%!
Kudos to Bovada for not being afraid to give their players a good gamble.
The following menu is for tables that list the expected value for every initial hand in blackjack. The values in the table are "composition dependent", meaning at every point the best decision was made according to the exact cards held in the players hand, as opposed to just the total points.
All numbers in the tables assume the dealer already peeked for blackjack, with a ten or ace up, and did not have it.
- 1 deck, dealer stands on soft 17
- 1 deck, dealer hits on soft 17
- 2 decks, dealer stands on soft 17
- 2 decks, dealer hits on soft 17
- 4 decks, dealer stands on soft 17
- 4 decks, dealer hits on soft 17
- 5 decks, dealer stands on soft 17
- 5 decks, dealer hits on soft 17
- 6 decks, dealer stands on soft 17
- 6 decks, dealer hits on soft 17
- 8 decks, dealer stands on soft 17
- 8 decks, dealer hits on soft 17
Other sources for these expected values are Cacarulo's at http://www.bjmath.com/bjmath/ev/ev.htm and Cindy's former site, gamblingtools.net. Among Cacarulo, Cindy, and me we seem to agree exactly for standing, hitting, and doubling. For splitting we are all slightly off from one another. Blackjack Attack by Don Schlesinger has such tables but are total dependent. Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong has similar tables for 1 and 6 decks but are simulation based.