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What I call "TVBET Blackjack" could loosely be described as a blackjack variant by TVBET, a provider of live dealer games for Internet casinos. They call the game just "blackjack," I wanted to differentiate it from conventional blackjack, thus the name "TVBET Blackjack.
The game is pits a single player hand against the dealer. Both draw until 17 or more. Players may wager on the winning outcome of the hand and various other proposition bets.
- The game is played with a single 52-card deck.
- All cards are scored as in conventional blackjack, as follows:
- 2 to 10 = Pip value
- Face cards = 10 points
- Aces = 1 or 11 points
- The following is a list of bets available and what they pay (on a "for one" basis):
- Player wins — Pays 2.3
- Dealer wins — Pays 1.93
- Tie — Pays 10
- Player wins with blackjack — Pays 20
- Dealer wins with blackjack — Pays 29
- Either side wins with blackjack — Pays 12
- Either side busts — Pays 2.01
- Neither side busts — Pays 1.8
- Winning side has two cards — Pays 3.1
- Winning side has three cards — Pays 4.13
- After betting is closed, the dealer shall deal two cards to the player hand and one to the dealer hand.
- If the player hand has a blackjack, then the dealer shall deal a single card to the dealer hand, if a blackjack is possible in that hand, for the possibility of a blackjack tie.
- If the player hand is not a blackjack, then the dealer shall deal cards to the player hand until that total is 17 or more. This includes standing on a soft 17.
- If the player busted, then the dealer hand shall automatically win. No further cards shall be dealt to the dealer hand, even if the dealer had a 10 or ace up.
- If the player hand didn't bust and the winning outcome isn't obvious, then the dealer shall offer players to make new wagers with adjusted odds.
- After the second round of betting is closed, the dealer shall deal cards to the dealer hand until that hand has 17 or more points.
- If the dealer hand busts, then the the player hand shall win.
- Otherwise, if neither hand busted and neither had a blackjack, then the higher hand shall win.
Here are some additional comments on the various bets:
- Player wins — The bet shall win if the player hand wins in any way. This bet shall lose in the event of a tie.
- Dealer wins — The bet shall win if the dealer hand wins in any way. This bet shall lose in the event of a tie.
- Tie — This bet wins in the event of any tie.
- Player wins with blackjack — Note that this bet loses in the event of a blackjack tie.
- Dealer wins with blackjack — Note that this bet loses in the event of a blackjack tie.
- Either side wins with blackjack — This bet also loses on a blackjack tie, as neither side won.
- Either side busts — Note the dealer hand will not draw any cards if the player hand is a blackjack.
- Neither side busts — Note the dealer hand will not draw any cards if the player hand is a blackjack.
- Winning side has two cards — This bet loses in the event of a tie. The dealer hand does not draw if the player busts.
- Winning side has three cards — This bet loses in the event of a tie. The dealer hand does not draw if the player busts.
In case you are wondering why a dealer blackjack pays much more than a player blackjack, it is because the dealer will not play out his hand, even if a blackjack is possible, if the player busts.
The following table shows the results of a random simulation of 3,363,000,000 rounds played. The right column shows the best bet is on either side to bust at a return of 95.09%.
|Player BJ win||20||156,359,378||0.046494||0.929880|
|Dealer BJ win||29||109,267,906||0.032491||0.942245|
|Win with two cards||3.1||1,029,352,213||0.306082||0.948853|
|Win with three cards||4.13||773,946,265||0.230136||0.950460|
I looked at the mid-state odds of six hands where it was offered. The returns ranged from 94.3% to 95.1%, with a mean of 94.9%.
A press release about this game mentioned there are supposed to be bets on the total points in the winning hand. However, I could find no such bets.
As long as I had to analyze the bets on 2 and 3 cards in the winning hand, here is a table showing all possibilities of 9 or less. When the player hand busts, I count it as a one-card win, since the dealer hand got one card only.
Cards in Winning Hand
TVBet has a very similar game called 21 Bet.
Written by:Michael Shackleford