Take the Even Money — Or Not?

During your blackjack sessions, you’ll be faced with a decision of taking the even money on your blackjack when the dealer is showing an Ace. Taking the even money guarantees that you will get some sort of payout for your blackjack, while not taking the even money can result in a push with the dealer. So, what should you do, and when?

Let me just preface this by saying that if you are looking for a blackjack counting strategy or if you’re learning card counting in blackjack, you’ll find my strategy does not employ card counting.

But if you’re looking for some blackjack tips, you’ve come to the right place. I’m not anti-card counting or anything like that. Card counting is just another technique to gain an advantage.

Back to the original question of “Should you take the even money on your blackjack when the dealer is showing an Ace?”


Here’s why:

When the dealer has an Ace showing, you’re going to PUSH approximately 30.74% of the time.

Also consider that you will have a blackjack approximately 6.4% of the time when the dealer shows an Ace.

Without taking the even money, you’ll get the 3 to 2 payout 69.26% of the time.

Considering all factors, when you do the math, you’ll be better off by 3.89% when you do not take the casino’s offer of even money.

Here’s something else to consider. Do you think the casino offers the even money bet because they like you? Or because it’s something they owe you?


It’s because even money is a sucker bet.

Don’t be a sucker. NEVER take the even money on your blackjack.