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Last Updated: December 5, 2022

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Golden 21

Introduction

Golden 21 is a blackjack side bet found at some tables at the Four Queens in Las Vegas. It pays based on the player's initial two cards.

Rules

The Golden 21 pays based on the player's initial two cards, as follows.

  • ace/king suited — 30 to 1
  • straight flush — 5 to 1
  • pair — 3 to 1
  • straight — 1 to 1
  • blackjack — 3 to 2

Analysis

The following table shows my analysis of the Golden 21 bet, based on six decks of cards. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 7.35%.

Six-Deck Analysis

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Ace/king suited 30 144 0.002968 0.089043
Straight flush 5 1,728 0.035617 0.178086
Pair 3 3,588 0.073955 0.221865
Blackjack 1.5 2,160 0.044521 0.066782
Straight 1 5,184 0.106851 0.106851
All other -1 35,712 0.736087 -0.736087
Total   48,516 1.000000 -0.073460

The following table summarizes the house edge for various numbers of decks.

House Edge Summary

Decks House Edge
8 7.10%
6 7.35%
5 7.54%
4 7.84%
2 9.34%
1 12.37%

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