casinos offering special rules like surrender and double-after-split may actually be offering a positive expectation to basic strategy players; they are counting on players making mistakes to make money.
The following rules are beneficial to the player:1. Doubles are permitted on any two-card hand except a blackjack.2. Doubles are permitted after splitting.3. Early surrender; the ability to forfeit half your wager against a face or ace before the dealer checks for blackjack.4. Normal (aka “late”) surrender.5. Resplitting Aces.6. Drawing more than one card against a split Ace.7. Five or more cards with the total still no more than 21 as an automatic win (a “Charlie”)The following rules are detrimental to the player:1. Less than 3:2 payout on blackjacks (as is the case with Las Vegas Strip single-deck blackjack, paying out 6:5)2. Dealer hits on soft seventeen (ace, six)3. Splitting a maximum of once (to two hands)4. Double down restricted to certain totals, such as 9-11 or 10,115. Aces may not be resplit6. No-Peek (European) blackjack—player loses splits and doubles to a dealer blackjack7. Player losing tiesThere is one thing hapenning in black jack game when a someone can win in blackjack by looking for warps. In the casino industry, is is called a “dealer tell,” meaning, a dealer who gives away information that the casino believes players shouldn’t possess. When a dealer checks the hole card under tens or aces, some inexperienced dealers will unknowingly bend those cards upwards and this will cause the tens and aces to have a different shape than the rest of the cards in the deck. With this information, the sharp-eyed player believes he knows the dealer’s hole card by its disfigured state-which is known as “playing the warps.”The worst move a player can make with a hand while playing blackjack, is its actions like doubling down on a natural blackjack. Actually for the average player in the casino, it’s standing on a pair of eights versus a dealer upcard of 7 instead of splitting them. A player making this basic strategy error will lose 70% of the