It’s no secret that in most casino games, the house has an edge. That’s how casinos make money. Sure, you can definitely win. And some people actually make a living playing Blackjack. But at the end of the day, the house always takes in more money than it pays back. That’s just the way casino odds work.

The trick is finding tables where you can push the house edge in your favor. Most online casino Blackjack games work the same way, but if you’re playing live, rules vary from casino to casino. We’ve got a list of things you need to look for and details on how it makes a difference, but first we need to get one thing out of the way.

It’s tough to calculate specific house advantages because if one factor swings in one direction and another rule goes another way, the house advantage changes. But nonetheless, we’ll go through details on which rule can work on your favor, so read on.

Number of decks in play

Single-deck Blackjack is pretty sought-after, so much so that casinos rarely offer them. Some people falsely believe that the reason is because there is too much downtime during shuffle time. But the truth is that the fewer decks in play, the lower the house edge will be.

Dealer hits or stands on a soft 17

Ever notice that most Blackjack tables forced the dealer to hit on a soft 17 (meaning an Ace and additional cards that add up to six, totaling 17)? That’s because hitting guarantees that they’ll either get over 17 or give them the option to hit again. It’s basically like a free opportunity to ensure players go bust. So when you find a table that forces a dealer to stand on soft 17, that means the house advantage drops and the odds lean more in your favor.

Player can double after a split

Allowing players to double after splitting is commonplace, but this is one rule that actually works in favor of the player. If you’re allowed to double after splitting hands, the house as a smaller edge than if doing so wasn’t allowed.

Player can re-split Aces

When you receive two Aces and split it, you’re usually not allowed to split it a second time if another Ace drops. What’s more, you can’t hit or double down on your second card, no matter what it is. But a casino that allows you to re-split Aces is essentially giving up part of their house edge and pushing better odds into your corner.

Player has the option to surrender

Did you know that at many Blackjack tables, you have the option to hand back your cards and surrender half your bet if you don’t like what you’ve received? It’s not a commonly known rule, but it’s a good one that can reduce the house edge and up your odds a bit. Though it does work in your favor, it’s not a strategy we’d recommend you employ frequently. After all, if you’re going to give back half your bet because you don’t have a good feeling, why gamble at all?

Play Blackjack and other 21 games at Silver Oak Casino

If you’re in the mood for Blackjack, you’ll find it with great odds at Silver Oak Casino. But it’s not the only variation of 21 available to play. We’ve got Blackjack, European Blackjack, Face Up 21, Match Play 21, Perfect Pairs, Super 21, Suit ‘Em Up 21, and more. Check out all the variations and find out which odds are best for you.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.