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Perfect Pairs @ Barona Casino, CA

Posted in blackjack sidebets by stephenhow on March 7, 2009

Barona Casino is offering a new “promotion” called Perfect Pair blackjack.  The various taglines are “The Best Blackjack in the U.S. is getting even better” and “Your odds have never been better”.
What it is, of course, is just another “bonus” sidebet that some players like, and the house loves.  A quick analysis of the odds reveals:

Hand Frequency Probability Payout Return
suited pair 780 1.6077% 30 0.482315
colored pair 936 1.9293% 10 0.192926
other pair 1872 3.8585% 5 0.192926
nothing 44928 92.6045% -1 -0.926045
total 48516 100% -5.7878%

The house edge on this game is 5.8%. That’s pretty bad, and most people bet accordingly.

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  1. Cesar said, on June 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Is there anyway this side bet is slightly beatable? I was thinking something along the line of the Lucky ladies side bet? When the TC gets high enough, bet on the chances of getting a pair of K’s for example?

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