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Positive Off-the-Top online blackjack games
Matchplays are not the only online blackjack games opportunity. There are a few other games to be found with such liberal rules that they are positive off the top. An example would be a single-deck games with surrender that allows doubling on any two-card hand, including after splits. Assuming no counterweight from unusual negative rules, perfect play on this games has a player edge of around 0.15 percent or about a tenth of what card-counters aim for. Betting $5 a hand, that adds up to $1.50 an hour. A micro-edge like that takes awhile to show itself. The paper-thin margin of profit is also susceptible to being erased by playing errors.

It is necessary to confirm that a game really is single-deck. Watch carefully for many hands to make sure no duplicate cards show up in the same round. The heart of this advantage play is the rules, which also require careful scrutiny. The chart on what games to play is a start. Also valuable are Peter Griffin's Theory of online blackjack games, and Fundamentals of online blackjack games by Chambliss and Roginsky. There is also a reasonably priced spread-sheet program that will calculate house advantage for any set of conditions. Stanford Wong's BJEdge is $19.95. There is a simple-to-use rule-evaluation engine included in Casino Verite, which is a well-loved counting simulator and practice package. Casino Verite is available at <>, as are the other websites and software programs mentioned above.

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