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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pennsylvania Opens Table Games - High Rollers Just Aren't in Vegas Anymore

July 9, 2010
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Mark Gruetze, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

If you're a blackjack player in Pennsylvania, you're in luck. In an article for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Mark Gruetze reviews the advantages of being a gambler in Pennsylvania. For example, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's approved blackjack rules say that the basic-strategy player will face a house advantage of less than 0.4 percent, those odds being better than two-thirds of the blackjack games offered in Vegas. Other Pennsylvania advantages include: "Blackjacks will be paid off at 3-to-2 ($15 for a $10 bet); Dealer must stand on soft 17 (for example, a hand of Ace-6); Players may double down on any two cards (some sites limit doubling to hands totaling 9, 10 or 11); Doubling after splitting pairs is allowed; Late surrender is allowed (giving up half your bet after the dealer checks the hole card for a blackjack)" (Gruetze). These rules can mean big wins for players. Most importantly, players should know the basic rules of blackjack before jumping headfirst into the game and expecting to win. Though the odds may be better, the player must also know how to use them in their favor. But there is a kicker: even if you're winning money, you should still expect some loss. If you play by the rules and follow the basic strategy at Pennsylvania's blackjack game, betting $10 a hand, you should still expect to be losing about $4 an hour in the long run. But it seems that if you want to gamble anywhere, Pennsylvania is the place to do it.

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