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Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Block Pro Blackjack

Introduction

Block Pro Blackjack is a blackjack side bet based on the player's first two cards and the dealer's up card. It can be found in some casinos in South Africa on 5-, 6- and 8-deck games. Following is an explanation of the winning hands. Please note that all winning hands must be three cards of the same suit.

  • Triple Aces: Players initial two cards and dealer up card are all suited aces. Pays 100% of the progressive jackpot.
  • Triple Royal: Players initial two cards and dealer up card are all the same face card and suited . Pays 20% of the progressive jackpot.
  • Triple: Players initial two cards and dealer up card are all the same rank of 2's to 10's and suited . Pays 10% of the progressive jackpot.
  • Suited pair: Player first two cards form a suited pair and the dealer's up card is of the same suit. Pays 50 to 1.
  • Flush: Players initial two cards and dealer up card are suited. Pays 5 to 1.

Game literature by TCS John Huxley kindly explains that the jackpot reseed is $2,000 and the contribution rate can be 65% or 70%. The minimum bet to qualify for the progressive prizes is $1. Fixed wins are deducted from the jackpot meter. Contrary to what the literature says, I believe that the pays are on a "for one" basis.

The following return tables are for 5, 6, and 8 decks and contribution rates of 65% and 70%. Progressive wins shown are the average award.

5 Decks — 65% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $6,231.53 40 0.000014 0.086082
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $1,246.31 120 0.000041 0.051649
Triple 10% of Jackpot $623.15 360 0.000124 0.077474
Pair 50 $50.00 10,400 0.003592 0.179582
Flush 5 $5.00 163,800 0.056568 0.282841
Loser 0 $- 2,720,900 0.939661 0.000000
Total 2,895,620 1.000000 0.677628


Additional statistics for five decks with 65% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 46.24%
  • Cost of reseed: 2.76%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 3.45%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $289.56
  • Breakeven: $15,566.20

5 Decks — 70% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $7,679.34 40 0.000014 0.106082
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $1,535.87 120 0.000041 0.063649
Triple 10% of Jackpot $767.93 360 0.000124 0.095474
Pair 50 $50.00 10,400 0.003592 0.179582
Flush 5 $5.00 163,800 0.056568 0.282841
Loser 0 $- 2,720,900 0.939661 0.000000
Total 2,895,620 1.000000 0.727628


Additional statistics for five decks with 70% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 46.24%
  • Cost of reseed: 2.76%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 3.45%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $289.56
  • Breakeven: $15,566.20

6 Decks — 65% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $5,299.69 80 0.000016 0.084570
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $1,059.94 240 0.000048 0.050742
Triple 10% of Jackpot $529.97 720 0.000144 0.076113
Pair 50 $50.00 18,720 0.003734 0.186703
Flush 5 $5.00 284,544 0.056758 0.283788
Loser 0 $- 4,709,016 0.939301 0.000000
Total 5,013,320 1.000000 0.681915


Additional statistics for six decks with 65% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 47.05%
  • Cost of reseed: 3.19%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 3.99%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $250.67
  • Breakeven: $13,273.00

6 Decks — 70% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $6,553.02 80 0.000016 0.104570
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $1,310.60 240 0.000048 0.062742
Triple 10% of Jackpot $655.30 720 0.000144 0.094113
Pair 50 $50.00 18,720 0.003734 0.186703
Flush 5 $5.00 284,544 0.056758 0.283788
Loser 0 $- 4,709,016 0.939301 0.000000
Total 5,013,320 1.000000 0.731915


Additional statistics for six decks with 70% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 47.05%
  • Cost of reseed: 3.19%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 3.99%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $250.67
  • Breakeven: $13,273.00

8 Decks — 65% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $4,404.90 224 0.000019 0.082831
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $880.98 672 0.000056 0.049699
Triple 10% of Jackpot $440.49 2,016 0.000169 0.074548
Pair 50 $50.00 46,592 0.003911 0.195565
Flush 5 $5.00 678,912 0.056993 0.284966
Loser 0 $- 11,183,744 0.938851 0.000000
Total 11,912,160 1.000000 0.687609


Additional statistics for eight decks with 65% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 48.05%
  • Cost of reseed: 3.76%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 4.70%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $212.72
  • Breakeven: $11,050.00

8 Decks — 70% Contribution

Event Pays Average
Win
Combinations Probability Return
Triple Aces 100% of Jackpot $5,468.49 224 0.000019 0.102831
Triple Royal 20% of Jackpot $1,093.70 672 0.000056 0.061699
Triple 10% of Jackpot $546.85 2,016 0.000169 0.092548
Pair 50 $50.00 46,592 0.003911 0.195565
Flush 5 $5.00 678,912 0.056993 0.284966
Loser 0 $- 11,183,744 0.938851 0.000000
Total 11,912,160 1.000000 0.737609


Additional statistics for eight decks with 70% contribution rate:

  • Fixed return: 48.05%
  • Cost of reseed: 3.76%
  • Additional return per $1000 in meter: 4.70%
  • Meter amount equivalent to 1% in return: $212.72
  • Breakeven: $11,050.00





Written by: Michael Shackleford

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