Blackjack Odds

The main problem that some players have is misunderstanding of the Blackjack odds involved in the game. For example let's say that when you are choosing a table to play at, you chose the one where the 6 decks of cards had just been shuffled. You chose a seat at one of the bases and place your bet and hope that the Blackjack odds will be on your side. While the first round begins and the cards are dealt to all the players of the table, you know for a fact that that the shoe consisting of 6, holds 96 tens within the 312 cards.


No matter where you play, online or in real-life casinos. For example everyone is dealt hands of small cards, and the dealer is showing a 2. Let's say each player receives one more card in the face of another small card, before you take your turn. Your first hand totaled to 11 points and your second was worth 12. Seven cards have been shown and a ten was nowhere seen, so how should you play your cards? Then you are thinking of sticking to your basic strategy of hitting on 12 point hands, then doubling on 11 points, or should you save your possible 10 for 11 points by standing on the 12 points you already have?


You come to a conclusion that the chances of a ten coming your way are growing. But the main question now is which card is more likely to be a ten - the next card or the one after? At this point the majority of players don't make the right decision based on the lack of Blackjack odds and probability.

When the cards were shuffled, 30% of them are tens. In that case by no one knowing the order, the chance of getting a 10 was 30%. At this point with 17 cards in the game and none of them being tens makes 32% of the cards left being tens. But once again due to the fact that their order is unknown, every card you may receive has a 32% chance of being a probable ten.

At this point most of the readers are thinking to themselves "С'mon, a ten is on its way, what are the odds of a row of 18 cards being played and none of them being a 10?"

Just to let you know, the Blackjack odds are 942 to 1 against the cards being a 10, taken into account of that being before the deal of the first card. After the first seventeen played cards the chances of the eighteenth card not being a ten is 2 to 1.