Best Blackjack Side Bets Explained by Blackjack Pro Henry Tamburin Ph.D

Best Blackjack Side Bets Explained by Blackjack Pro Henry Tamburin Ph.D

May 24, 2021

There is usually signage on a blackjack layout, or on a placard that sits on the blackjack table, which specifies what side bet is being offered. You dont have to make a side bet; it is an optional bet in addition to the bet that you would make on your hand in the main game.
 
Lets assume you want to make a wager on the side bet. If so, after you make a bet on your hand, you would place your chip(s) in a betting spot on the layout designated for the side bet (see diagram).

Most casinos require that players must make a wager on their hand in the main blackjack game in order to make a wager on the side bet. Additionally, there is a minimum and maximum betting limit for the side bet. (The latter is usually posted on signage somewhere on the blackjack table; if not, simply ask the dealer what the betting limits are for the side bet.)

In general, blackjack side bets have a relatively high house edge, certainly higher than the main game, which can be less than 1% by using the basic playing strategy.  However, if you want to try your luck at a larger payout, I would recommend you wager on the side bets that have the lowest house edge.

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