If you’re going to the casino to make money, blackjack is one of the best games you can play live. The house edge is very low when you play an optimal strategy, or even near-optimal, and if you’re any good at counting cards, you can flip the odds in your favor. Sadly, you don’t get to count cards when you’re online, but you can still narrow the house edge at Café Casino by choosing which of our eight blackjack games to play.
Which brings us to the latest addition to our family: Single Deck Blackjack. Generally speaking, the fewer decks there are in the shoe, the lower the house edge, and you can’t get any lower than Single Deck Blackjack. This used to be the way blackjack was always played, but as people got better at counting cards, the casinos started adding more decks. You can still find Single Deck Blackjack at some brick-and-mortar locations, but if you do, chances are the game has been tweaked to restore the house edge – paying out blackjacks at 6:5 instead of 3:2 is common. At Café Casino, you still get paid 3:2 when you play Single Deck Blackjack. You can still double down after splitting, too.
The Single Life
There are two smaller tweaks you should know about first. One, the dealer must hit on soft 17 (Ace-Six) when playing Single Deck Blackjack, and two, there is no surrender option. Once you move up to Double Deck Blackjack, the dealer will stand on soft 17, which gives you a slightly better chance of winning, but the surrender option still isn’t on the table. It’s only with the six-deck shoes in Classic Blackjack and The New Blackjack that you get to use the surrender play – in exchange for the dealer hitting on soft 17.
All told, Single Deck Blackjack has the lowest house edge of all the variants at Café Casino, whether you’re playing the Classic version or the new game with the modernized layout. But you still have to play the right strategy to keep that house edge as low as possible. There are subtle differences in blackjack strategy depending on how many decks are in play; you’ll be doubling down a little more instead of just hitting with Single Deck Blackjack. Make the correct adjustments, use the Practice Play mode to work on your game, and you’ll put yourself in the best position to succeed.