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Suit’Em Up BJ Side Bet @ Venetian, LV

Posted in +EV, blackjack sidebets by stephenhow on May 16, 2013

I saw this blackjack side bet in the Venetian last month, and it looked pretty you-know-what. I forgot to post about it until now. I’m pretty sure they use 8-deck shoes at the Venetian.

Suit’Em Up BJ Side Bet (8 Decks)
Hand Combinations Frequency Payout Return
Suited Aces 112 0.001297 60 0.077850
Suited BJs 1,024 0.011863 10 0.118628
Suited Pairs 1,344 0.015570 5 0.077850
Suited 11’s 1,024 0.011863 3 0.035589
Other Suited 17,920 0.207560 2 0.415199
nothing 64,896 0.751807 -1 -0.751807
total 86,320 1.000000 -0.026691
Suit’Em Up EORs (8 Decks)
Removed Card EOR Balanced Count Unbalanced Count
Deuce +0.000767 +1 +1
Trey +0.000767 +1 +1
Four +0.000767 +1 +1
Five +0.000767 +1 +1
Six +0.000767 +1 +1
Seven +0.000767 +1 +1
Eight +0.000767 +1 +1
Nine +0.000767 +1 +1
Ten +0.000116 0 +1
Jack +0.000116 0 0
Queen +0.000116 0 0
King +0.000116 0 0
Ace -0.006601 -8 -8

Using the unbalanced taps, the bet is +EV for RC >= +34 (assuming two decks behind the cut card). This yields 16% betting opportunities, with an average edge of +2.8%/bet. The theoretical max (using full shoe composition, including suits) is 17% opportunities @ +3.0%/bet. It’s not worth much.

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