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Last Updated: November 7, 2016

Let's Play

Introduction

Let's Play is a blackjack side bet mostly based on the player's initial two cards. I have seen placements at the Eureka in Mesquite and the Orleans and Arizona Charlie's Decatur in Las Vegas. They all had different pay tables. Here an explanation of the awards all pay tables have in common:

  • Suited AKQJ: Between the player's and dealer's first two cards there must be an ace, king, queen, and jack, all of the same suit.
  • Straight flush: Two suited consecutive cards. Aces may be high or low.
  • Suited AK: Suited ace and king.
  • Suited QJ: Suited queen and jack.


Following are all the rules and analysis.

Eureka Version



I saw this version of Let's Play at the Eureka Casino in Mesquite, Nevada on January 3, 2014. It was a double deck game. The following return table shows a house edge of 11.01%.

The following table shows the pay table, probability of each event, and its contribution to the return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 11.01%.

Eureka Version — Double Deck

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
AKQJ suited 250 384 0.000014 0.003480
AK suited 20 82,352 0.002985 0.059700
QJ suited 15 82,352 0.002985 0.044775
Straight flush 4 906,512 0.032858 0.131432
Flush 2 5,624,700 0.203877 0.407753
Loser -1 20,892,456 0.757282 -0.757282
Total 27,588,756 1.000000 -0.110142


The next table shows the house edge by number of decks for the Eureka pay table.

Eureka Version — House Edge

Decks House Edge
8 9.50%
6 9.67%
5 9.80%
4 10.00%
2 11.01%
1 13.07%


Orleans Version



I saw this version at the Orleans casino in Las Vegas on November 4, 2016. The following return table shows a house edge of 10.15%, based on six decks.

Orleans Version — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
AKQJ suited (player and dealer) 1000 31,104 0.000013 0.013386
Ace-king suited (player only) 15 6,891,696 0.002966 0.044488
Queen-jack suited (player only) 15 6,891,696 0.002966 0.044488
Straight flush (player only) 4 75,860,496 0.032647 0.130587
Flush (player only) 2 485,639,748 0.208997 0.417993
Loser -1 1,748,359,080 0.752412 -0.752412
Total 2,323,673,820 1.000000 -0.101470


The next table shows the house edge by number of decks for the Eureka pay table.

Orleans Version — House Edge

Decks House Edge
8 9.98%
6 10.15%
5 10.28%
4 10.47%
2 11.46%
1 13.46%


Arizona Charlie's Decatur Version



I saw this version at the Arizona Charlie's Decatur casino in Las Vegas in October, 2016. The following return table shows a house edge of 9.55%, based on six decks.

Arizona Charlie's Version — Six Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
AKQJ suited 1000 31,104 0.000013 0.013386
AK, AQ, AJ suited 10 20,675,088 0.008898 0.088976
Straight flush 4 89,649,072 0.038581 0.154323
Flush 2 464,959,476 0.200097 0.400193
Loser -1 1,748,359,080 0.752412 -0.752412
Total 2,323,673,820 1.000000 -0.095534


The next table shows the house edge by number of decks for the Eureka pay table.

Arizona Charlie's Version — House Edge

Decks House Edge
8 9.39%
6 9.55%
5 9.68%
4 9.88%
2 10.87%
1 12.86%







Written by: Michael Shackleford

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