There will never be a shortage of side bets for the game of blackjack. Walk into any casino for the first time and you’re bound to find a side bet that you have never seen before. Unfortunately, none of the side bets are good deals. As a general rule – and I have yet to find a blackjack side bet that doesn’t follow this rule – side bets have a higher house edge than the regular game. Therefore, it’s best to stick to the traditional game and avoid side bets. Since I’m sure you’re curious, though, here’s what you need to know about the Lucky Lucky side bet.
The Lucky Lucky side bet for blackjack is a bet based on the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s up card. If those three cards together make certain combinations, the player wins money. For example, if the three cards are all sevens in the same suit, the player wins 200 times their bet. If the three cards are a suited 6, 7 and 8, the payout is 100:1. Unsuited triple sevens pays out 50:1 and an unsuited 6, 7, 8 pays out 30:1.
Other winning combinations don’t pay out nearly as well. If all three cards add up to 21 but are a different suit, the payout is 15:1. If they add up to an unsuited 21, the payout is 3:1. Any cards that add up to 19 or 20 pay out 2:1 and every other combination is a losing bet.
Some of those payouts may sound good, but the odds are stacked against you. Getting a 200:1 payout would be exciting, but that only has a 0.0016% chance of happening. Even the winning combination with the best odds, a combination of 20, only has 7.5% odds of happening. Overall, the Lucky Lucky side bet has a 2.65% house edge. That’ relatively low for a blackjack side bet, but it’s considerably higher than the house edge of 0.5% for the regular game when you play using basic strategy.