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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.
IntroductionTriple Up 21 is a blackjack variant found at a few casinos in Las Vegas. It allows the player to triple up (or "triple down" if you prefer) in some situations. This is at the cost of blackjack paying even money, including blackjack ties.
RulesContrary to what the rule cards may say, the following are the rules of Triple Up 21. In any game, ask the dealer about the rules if you are not sure.
- Player may triple up (triple his bet) on certain initial two-card hands. With six decks, the player may triple up on any initial two-card hand. With two decks, tripling up is restricted to hard totals of 9 to 11. With one deck, tripling up is restricted to hard totals of 10 and 11. Tripling on a blackjack with one and two decks may also be allowed, depending on the casino.
- Player blackjack always wins.
- Blackjack pays even money.
- Dealer hits soft 17.
- Surrender not allowed.
- Insurance not allowed.
- Player may re-split any equal-valued cards, including aces, up to four hands.
- Player may double on any initial two-card hand.
- Double after split may or may not be allowed, depending on the casino.
StrategyThe following three charts show the basic strategy for one, two, and six decks.
The following table shows the house edge according to the number of decks and whether double after a split (DAS) is allowed, assuming the basic strategies above and a cut-card game.
House Edge in Triple Up 21
LocationsKnown locations to have Triple Up 21 are:
- Santa Fe Station, LV (two decks)
- Texas Station, LV (two decks)
- Fiesta Rancho, LV (unknown number of decks, some sources say two, some say six)
- Fiesta Henderson, LV (two decks)
- Boulder Station,LV (two decks)
- Eureka, Mesquite (two decks)