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Beat the Dealer
IntroductionI first heard of Beat the Dealer, a dice game, in February 2012. It was spotted at the casino in New York state. I used to think Casino War was the most simple game in the casino, but I think we have a new winner in that category with Beat the Dealer.
- The player makes a wager.
- The dealer will roll two dice and note the total.
- If the dealer did not roll a 12, then the player will roll two dice.
- If the player's total is greater than the dealer's total, then the player's wager shall be paid even money.
- If the dealer's total is greater or equal to the player's total, then the player's wager shall lose.
Obviously it would waste time for the player to roll against a dealer 12, since it would be impossible to win.
AnalysisThe following table shows the possible outcomes. The lower right cell reflects a house edge of 11.27% (ouch!).
Beat the Dealer
Comparison to Other Even-Money GamesFor a fast even-money game, Beat the Dealer's house edge of 11.27% is quite high. To make the point a little better, here is a chart showing the house edge of other even money bets I know of from other games.
Even Money Bet Comparison
|Roulette (European)||Red, black, etc.||1.35%|
|Craps||Don't pass, don't come||1.36%|
|Roulette (single zero)||Red, black, etc.||2.70%|
|Sic Bo||Low, High||2.78%|
|Roulette (double zero)||Red, black, etc.||5.26%|
|Boule||Red, black, etc.||11.11%|
|Beat the Dealer||Beat the Dealer||11.27%|