Blackjack House Edge

Posted by James Guill . Last updated:

Determining the House Advantage

Have you ever wondered exactly what the house edge was for blackjack games with different rules?

I’ve put together an explanation of the most common rules variations including how each changes the house edge, for or against the player.

You’ll also find the total house edge for a few common rules combinations.

I find it easier to start with a set of rules and then add or subtract the house edge changes as rules are adjusted.

Once you get a solid understanding of the favorable and unfavorable rules you’ll quickly be able to tell a good table from a poor one. Most single rules don’t make a huge difference, but when you add three or four rules in one direction they can start adding up quickly.

Blackjack Rule Variations


Finding games with the best rules is one of the two big things every blackjack player needs to do in order to reduce the house edge as much as possible. Use the information above to learn how to determine if games offer a good pay back percentage or not.

Once you find games offering good rules, combine them with basic strategy and you’ll give yourself the best chance to win and extend your bankroll as long as possible.

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