Table Games Approved in PA Senate

Updating an earlier story, it seems that table games – including togel hongkong hari ini – are on their way to being legalized in the state of Pennsylvania. A bill was introduced to the state House and Senate that would legalize and regulate table games. The added revenue would help a struggling economy and, according to Governor Ed Rendell, help the state avoid job cuts.

Yesterday the state Senate approved the bill and it is now up to the House. It is believed that there are enough votes to pass the bill in the House and some say it could pass as soon as tonight. Slot parlors are already present in Pennsylvania and some have been trying for a while to add table games, such as blackjack, craps, baccarat and more.

Earlier Governor Rendell had warned Congress that if the bill did not pass, the state would be forced to lay off nearly 1,000 workers, with most being in the state prison system and the Department of Welfare. With unemployment already ridiculously high, saving jobs should be a priority for any politician. If this bill passes the state House, it will save almost 1,000 of them, according to the governor.

Short Pays on Blackjack

Traditionally, casino blackjack tables pay 3 to 2 on a blackjack, which means that if you have a blackjack, the casino pays you $3 for every $2 you bet. However, over the years the casinos have started offering different payouts, with the most common being 6 to 5. In rare cases, tables may pay 7 to 5 or even money on a blackjack.

As a general rule, anything but 3 to 2 is a bad deal. It is hard to get a blackjack and when you do, you should be compensated for it. A 6 to 5 payout or less simply isn’t that good. Some people don’t even consider those games “real blackjack,” and instead simply consider them other 21 games.

When casinos started offering 6 to 5 blackjack tables, they were usually for a single-deck game. The 3 to 2 tables, in comparison, can have up to 8 decks, which makes it a lot more difficult to predict the outcome of the game, even if you count cards. However, some casinos have started offering 6 to 5 blackjack tables that use multiple decks, which is certainly not a good deal.

Now, getting $6 for a $5 bet rather than $7.50 for a $5 bet (which is 3 to 2) may seem like a minor difference, but it’s not. Sure, when betting $5 the difference is small, but as betting increases, both in frequency and denomination, the difference becomes much greater.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at an example where a player uses perfect blackjack strategy and bets $10 per hand, playing 100 hands per hour. At a single-deck game that pays 3 to 2, the player would lose an average of $1.80 in an hour. In a 6-deck game that pays 3 to 2, the player would lose an average of $2.60. In a single-deck game that pays 6 to 5 for blackjacks, the odds estimate that the player would lose $14 in an hour. Now that’s a big difference.

The 6 to 5, 7 to 5 and even money payouts tip the odds farther in the casino’s favor, and with so many tables out there that pay 3 to 2, there is no reason to play anything else. To find out what the table pays for a blackjack, check the table itself. The table usually has the payout written on the felt tabletop. If not, there is usually a placard that lists it. If it is not printed anywhere, you should ask the dealer. You don’t want to be stuck with a 6 to 5 game or, worse yet, an even money game.

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