In this article you will learn openly and honestly why blackjack Side Bets are for losers and you should never risk money on them. I'll also explain why side bets exist in the first place and why they are so popular anyway!
Why do casinos offer side bets?
Every offer in the casino has only one purpose: to make money for the casino.
Casino make money with blackjack because the Rules are designed to give the casino an advantage.
The advantage is that the dealer's turn comes after all the players have already made their decisions.
So some players have already lost before the dealer even takes his turn.
However, casino bosses are constantly thinking of ways to make even more money and ensure that players lose even more money.
At some point, someone had a brilliant idea:
Great idea, but no one would do that! Someone might have said. Far from it! A lot of people do it. And make sure that Black Jack brings more money to the US casinos than any other game. YES, even more than slot machines, which as "one-armed bandits" do not exactly have the reputation of being particularly generous.
So the catch with side bets in blackjack is: the odds are slim. So is the profit.
While it seems attractive to win your $5 bet tenfold, twentyfold or even 100fold.
And of course that happens often enough. But just much rarer than that you could win something with it.
As with all casino games.
With such side bets, however, you destroy any chance of being successful at blackjack in the long run.
The casino's normal house edge in blackjack can be as low as 0.5% when played ideally. Practice making the correct decisions in the Black Jack Table.
WIN MEGA MONEY WITH SIDE BETS
Of course, as soon as you say anything against side bets, you immediately come up with a super mega win as a counter argument that you yourself had or a buddy had. Or a buddy of a buddy...
Of course you can win a lot of money with a side bet.
You can also win mega amounts of money in the lottery.
But the odds are still against it and most who try are poor idiots.
The one who wins your money is a rich, happy idiot.
Always think long term. A one-time situation or even a perceived streak is meaningless if you play blackjack more than once.
On 100, 1000 or a million blackjack hands, you will lose a lot of money with side bets.
Why does everyone make side bets in blackjack?
Have you ever seen a Twitch stream or YouTube video where blackjack was played?
If so, you're probably familiar with various blackjack side bets because these streamers or YouTubers almost all make these extra bets.
Give me 10 euros and you get 20 from me if you roll a 6! If you roll any other number, the money is mine. Deal?
Now, did you hesitate to accept this offer, or do you think..:
"I'll take the 10 euros because I'm the best dicer in the world!"
Side bets are similar.
I'll tell you in the following section why side bets are also called "sucker bets" and why you'll lose a lot of money with them.
But first, the reasons why all these streamers make blackjack side bets and why you may have often placed an additional bet on the side bet box at the Blackjack online or placed in the right casino.
These streamers and YouTubers make money off of you losing money.
Do you think any of them really know what they're doing?
The principle is: risk high stakes and hope for luck.
If it's not successful, who cares? It's not their money. They get from the casino in which they play immediately recharged the (play money) account.
To the viewers, of course, it looks like someone would really be stupid enough to risk a lot of money on something they obviously wouldn't have a clue about.
Because otherwise you wouldn't be putting money on side bets.
What do blackjack experts say about side bets?
We asked the best blackjack players in the world for their opinion on blackjack side bets.
The answer is clear.
No successful blackjack player bets on side bets!
Okay, that's not entirely true. There are definitely side bets that can be profitable in the long run with mathematical skill.
But you have to play blackjack for years and above all you have to be able to count cards perfectly.
If you can't calculate exactly what the odds are on the side bets, the odds are guaranteed to be against you.
Video: Can side bets be profitable in blackjack?
Blackjack pro Colin Jones has won a total of several million dollars in casinos with his teams. There is a documentary about him called "Holy Rollers". He offers blackjack training for around 2000 dollars. That someone is willing to pay that should show that Colin really knows what he is talking about.
In this video Colin Jones explains why it's not a good idea to play side bets. Below we explain the English video content again in German.
What are the side bets?
The most common blackjack side bet is insurance. It allows you to cover yourself against a possible blackjack by the dealer if the dealer has an ace face up.
This bet includes half of the original bet and pays out at 2:1 if the dealer has blackjack.
This sidebet is for the scaredy-cats and security fanatics.
The announcement of the blackjack strategy table is clear: NEVER DISCONTINUE INSURANCE!
But never say never!
If you can count cards, sooner or later you will come into contact with the term Deviations. Because these "deviations" say that if you have a True Count of +3, you should deviate from Basic Strategy and take insurance.
But as long as these terms are not clear to you, the following applies: NEVER INSURE.
The dealer has a 10 card 30% of the time. You lose more money in the long run when you take out insurance than it helps you.
Perfect Pairs. This side bet uses only the player's cards and pays out if you get two of a kind as follows:
- Mixed pair (two of the same value, but different colors and colors) - pays 5:1
- Suited pair (two cards of the same value and suit) - payout 12:1
- Perfect pair (two cards of the same rank) - payout 25:1
Winnings can vary from casino to casino and from paytable to paytable, and the house edge depends on both the payout and the number of decks used, and can range from 2 or 3 % to 11 % or more.
The side bet 21+3 includes the player's two cards and the dealer's face up card. It is paid for a number of different combinations:
- Flush - (all cards are of the same suit) - pays 5:1
- Straight - (all cards consecutive) - pays 10:1
- Three of a kind - (not the same color) - pays 30:1
- Straight Flush - (consecutive cards of the same suit) - brings 40:1
- Suited triple - (three of a kind) - brings 100:1
The house edge for the 21+3 side bet varies depending on the number of decks used and is 8.78% for four decks, 7.81% for five decks, 7.14% for six decks and 6.29% for seven decks.
More side bets in blackjack
royal match - pays 5:2 for all suited cards of the player and 25:1 for suited king and queen
Over / under 13 - even pays money for correctly predicting the sum of the player's cards as less than or greater than 13. In most cases, you lose at exactly 13, but some casinos allow bets on exactly 13.
Super Seven - this bet pays if one or more sevens appear in the player's cards. One seven pays 3:1, two unsuited sevens pay 50:1, two suited sevens pay 100:1. If the third card dealt is also a seven, then the bet pays 500:1 for unsuited cards and 5000:1 for suited cards. However, it is important to make sure that the casino deals a third card even if the dealer has a blackjack, as some casinos do not.
Lucky Ladies - this bet pays if the player's cards total 20, where an unsuited 20 pays 4:1, a suited 20 pays 10:1, a suited 20 of the same rank and suit pays 25:1, two queens of hearts pays 200:1 and two queens of hearts, if the dealer has blackjack, pays 1000:1.
There are plenty of other blackjack side bets out there and casinos are constantly coming up with new ones to get more money out of players. Hopefully, with the information in this article, you won't get ripped off so easily with side bets in the future!