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Card Counting the Upcard Luck Blackjack Side Bet

The Upcard Luck (UL) blackjack side bet is a bit wacky to describe. Payouts are based on the dealer's up-card together with the two cards the player is dealt. In this sense, it is similar to both Lucky Lucky and 21 + 3. There would certainly be intellectual property issues if this bet made it big. Right now, though, it has very few placements.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
April 25, 2015

Blackjack: An Ace or Ten in the Hand

Casinos around the world are getting hit by advantage play teams involved in various schemes that allow them to predict when Aces and ten-valued cards are likely to be dealt. When I searched the literature for the edges possible from this type of play, I was surprised to find that these numbers are not publicly available. This post corrects this deficit in the literature by giving the player edge when an Ace/Ten is a known card in a hand.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
March 17, 2014

"21 News" - A Free Newsletter from 1990

In December 1990, a newsletter by the name of "21 News" first appeared.  The newsletter was a compilation of articles posted on the old Usenet group rec.gambling.blackjack. Its editor, Michael Hall, stated "The big advantage of the current nonprofit format is that there are no legal hassles with redistributing articles originally posted on computer news groups.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
September 27, 2012