Reason #2 why the Wizard likes Bovada: No-hassle practice games
Most online casinos spend more effort trying to separate you from your money than they do trying to give you a good experience. They have all kinds of popup windows, they usually make you download their software, and if they do offer play-in-browser games then you have to register an account before you can play. And if you register they start sending you emails trying to get you to deposit real money.
But Bovada is different. They have no popup windows at all, and their practice games play right in your browser, with no download, and no registration required. You don't even have to give up your email address. It couldn't be simpler: just one click and you're playing the game.
I wish all online casinos showed this much respect for their players. Other casinos practically ask for your first born child to play for free. Meanwhile Bovada is patient and does not twist anybody's arm to play for real money. You can play as long as you like for free with no obligation. The real-money games are available if that's your preference, but if not, you can play the free practice games for as long as you like without hassle.
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 similar expected values:
- Cacarulo's at http://www.bjmath.com/bjmath/ev/ev.htm
- Blackjack Attack by Don Schlesinger
- Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong.