betting a hard 10, there are eight ways to lose:
six ways to throw a seven (4-3, 3-4, 5-2, 2-5,
6-1, 1-6) and two ways to throw a 10 the easy
way (6-4, 4-6). This would mean that the correct
payoff for a hardway 10 should be eight to one.
Yet you, Peter, the 16-year Green Felt Jungle
veteran, will pay the winning patron just seven
to one, effectively giving the casino an 11.1%
advantage on this wager.
As for a hard 8, there are ten ways to lose: again,
six ways to throw a 7, and four ways for an 8
the easy way (5-3, 3-5, 6-2, 2-6). Because there
are ten ways to lose, the correct payoff should
be 10 to one on a hard 8, but your payoff to the
player is only nine to one, which gives the house
a 9.09% edge on this bet.
Yep, Peter, there is only one way to win a hardway
bet, and oodles of ways of losing. So, with payouts
not to the player's advantage, I'm hoping readers
retain what they've just read and save their hard-earned
money for more advantageous bets on the layout.
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