Blackjack - What Are the Odds?

Written by Tom McBroom

It goes without saying but we'll say it anyway:repparttar odds are always in favor of repparttar 136435 house. How else do you think they can create billion dollar mega-casinos in Las Vegas? The Blackjack rules are carefully structured to ensure a house edge.

But just how heavily arerepparttar 136436 Blackjack odds weighed in favor ofrepparttar 136437 house? If you're a smart player, not as great as you might think - and certainly not insurmountable. Let's start with some basic facts about Blackjack odds withrepparttar 136438 most common Blackjack rules. The house's advantage - also known asrepparttar 136439 house edge - comes fromrepparttar 136440 fact thatrepparttar 136441 dealer's hand is played last. All players that bust (go over 21) lose immediately. Then,repparttar 136442 dealer plays its hand and ifrepparttar 136443 dealer busts, players that don't bust are paid. The casino makes its profit fromrepparttar 136444 fact that players who bust lose immediately, even ifrepparttar 136445 dealer subsequently busts. Regardless of how favorablerepparttar 136446 Blackjack rules might be in a particular casino, this one aspect always givesrepparttar 136447 house an edge. If you,repparttar 136448 player, userepparttar 136449 same strategy asrepparttar 136450 dealer, standing on 17 or higher and hitting on 16 and less, you will bust approximately 29% ofrepparttar 136451 time andrepparttar 136452 dealer will bust 29% ofrepparttar 136453 time. This would seemingly makerepparttar 136454 odds even.

Ah, but remember: Blackjack rules say thatrepparttar 136455 dealer winsrepparttar 136456 bets of all players that bust, even ifrepparttar 136457 dealer busts. This putsrepparttar 136458 house's edge against you at about 8% or so. However, since you are paid three for two when you get a blackjack dealt to you, so this reducesrepparttar 136459 house edge down to just under 6%.

If you follow allrepparttar 136460 Blackjack rules and play perfect basic strategyrepparttar 136461 house edge is reduced to about .5% in game with favorable rules. By favorable rules, we meanrepparttar 136462 following rules, which you are only likely to find in a 6 deck game:

Transcendence Release Nothing Is Cohesive

Written by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


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New York, NY--May 2, 2005--The ever-experimental rock stalwarts Transcendence have turnedrepparttar tables again and released a stunning new album entitled Nothing Is Cohesive. Coming off of last year’s harder-edged modern rock manifesto Sleep With You, which yieldedrepparttar 136349 hit singles Superhero Girl and Minnie Driver, Nothing Is Cohesive isrepparttar 136350 band's third release and may be their best to date. Lead singer Ed Hale and company continue to draw influences fromrepparttar 136351 classic rock and pop sounds ofrepparttar 136352 60s through 90s while employing modern day studio techniques and production to give their music a sparkle and alternative flair most indie bands strive for, but rarely attain.

Nothing Is Cohesive featuresrepparttar 136353 austere and poignant lyricsrepparttar 136354 band has built their reputation on…literate, thought provoking and oozing passion- no matterrepparttar 136355 subject, they driverepparttar 136356 feeling home on every track. The colorful artwork onrepparttar 136357 CD cover pictures swirling red images, givingrepparttar 136358 introspective listener something to think about before spinningrepparttar 136359 CD. Once you hear tracks like "Somebody Killrepparttar 136360 DJ" and "Bored," you begin to realize howrepparttar 136361 title and image onrepparttar 136362 cover portrayrepparttar 136363 concept ofrepparttar 136364 album. In a world gone mad there is madness, but there is hope.

The band is excited aboutrepparttar 136365 positive pressrepparttar 136366 CD has received upon its pre-release, especially coming offrepparttar 136367 controversially received Sleep With You CD. Critics have been quick to draw comparisons to notable acts like U2, Radiohead, orrepparttar 136368 Beatles, butrepparttar 136369 band, currently holed up at Miami’s Hit Factory Studio, seems intent on focusing its collective energies on recording their follow up due out later this year. Recorded in a garage studio this time out, but sounding very little like a garage band,repparttar 136370 music on Nothing Is Cohesive sounds surprisingly clean, smooth, and analogue,repparttar 136371 general feel and sound seems to celebraterepparttar 136372 band’s love of and joy for making music more than anything else.

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