Blackjack’s Charlie

We all love Charlies. Charlie Pace was my favorite character on Lost before his tragic death. Charlie Kaufman, though a nutcase, was totally hilarious until his tragic death. No, wait, that’s Andy Kaufman. Charlie Kaufman is the screenwriter, who is still alive and may not be a nutcase (but, like Andy, is a comic genius). And I always felt sorry for Charlie the unicorn, who wanted nothing but to catch up on his sleep, yet was forced to go to Candy Mountain, where he had his kidney tragically removed. To this day, poor Charlie’s tragedy is commemorated by an animal cracker on my co-worker’s desk.

The best Charlie of all (aside from maybe Charlie Ward), though, is a Charlie in blackjack. In the game of blackjack, a Charlie is an automatic winner. Most blackjack tables in casinos don’t have Charlies, but for those that do, the player wins if they reach a certain number of cards without busting. The most common Charlies are five-card Charlie and seven-card Charlie. For example, with a  seven-card Charlie game, a player would win if they draw seven cards without going over 21, regardless of what cards the dealer has.

Charlies are extremely beneficial to the players. With seven-card Charlie rules, the house edge is lowered by 0.01%. In six-card Charlie games, the house edge is lowered by 0.16%. Finally, a blackjack game with five-card Charlie rules is the most advantageous, lowering the house edge by 1.46%.

While it is not common to find blackjack tables with five to seven-card Charlie in brick and mortar casinos, they are a little more common online. Online casinos often have a lower house edge than their land-based counterparts because they have less overhead. In any case, finding a Charlie game of blackjack may not always be easy, but it’s definitely worth it. As a player, you want to take every advantage you can get.

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