House Rules and Dealer System
House rules ultimately cover those rules the casino has made up to suit itself. Sometimes there are minor bonuses to play such as special prizes for three sevens (not included because the effect on overall play of this advantage is statistically insignificant but it is good for marketing!). Other things covered by house rules may include:
- The number of decks in play (designed to make card counting more difficult)
- Standoff rules (On matching hands: player or dealer wins: or no game)
- Blackjack bonuses
- Minimum and maximum bets (to disadvantage tripling systems)
All of these rule variations can influence the outcome of play, particularly when combined suitably.
Dealer strategy constitutes the restrictions the casino applies to how the dealer can play each hand. Generally, the dealer is only allowed to play a simple system (minimising the cost of hiring expert employees instead of monkeys). The systems usually involve standing (stopping the deal) when the hand reaches a certain number. Due to the assignment of two different values to an Ace, sometimes it is more profitable to stand on a slightly higher hand if there is an ace present in that hand, and the value of the hand is still below the raised stand value while counting the ace as an eleven.
If the house is looking to make a killing, the dealer might be instructed to stand on the value of your hand if you are the only player at the table. This can also be selected for simulation by Blackjack Examiner.
Be sure to verify ALL the house rules and dealer strategy details, then enter them correctly before you test your system play, or your test results will be inaccurate.