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Upcard Luck is a blackjack side bet found on Dynasty blackjack games by IGT. The premise is that it wins if the player is in a good situation after the initial cards are dealt. To win, the dealer must have a 2 to 7 showing and the player a blackjack or total of 9 to 11 or 18 to 20.
To win, the dealer must have an up-card of 2 to 7. In addition, the player must have one of the hands below.
- Jacks of spades and ace of spades — pays 78 to 1.
- Any other blackjack — pays 7 to 1.
- Total of 9 to 11 — pays 3 to 1.
- Total of 18 to 20 — pays 3 to 1.
Following is a picture of the rules screen, if my explanation wasn't clear.
I presume the game is played with eight decks and the cards are shuffled after every hand, but I am not sure.
The following table shows my analysis based on eight decks of cards. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 14.36%.
Upcard Luck — Eight Decks
|Ace of spaces and jack of spades||78||12,288||0.000344||0.026820|
|Total of 9 to 11||3||2,042,912||0.057166||0.171498|
|Total of 18 to 20||3||3,817,472||0.106823||0.320468|
The next table shows the house edge for other numbers of decks.
Upcard Luck — House Edge
It is easy to see that this side bet would be very vulnerable to card counters. I presume IGT shuffles the deck after every hand to defend against this.
Discussion about Upcard Luck in my forum at Wizard of Vegas.
Written by: Michael Shackleford