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Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria

Address: 8 Whiteman Street Southbank, Melbourne Victoria 3006
Telephone (switch): (03) 9292 8888
Crown Club Hotline: (03) 9292 7222
Crown Towers Reservations: (03) 9292 6868
Facsimile: (03) 9292 6600
Website: http://www.crowncasino.com.au

How to get there: Easily accessible by car with two car parks containing over 5000 spaces. Tram no's 12, 96 and 109 run past the casino.  Flinders Street and Spencer Street stations are within walking distance.

General Description: The most impressive casino complex in Australia with luxury accommodation, great shopping and 40 restaurants and cafes.   The casino area is huge with the numbers of Blackjack Tables as follows:

$10-$500: 16
$15-$700: 4
$25-$1000: 18
$50-$2000: 15
$100-$4000: 3

At first it would appear that Crown now has some of the best conditions for card counters with one and a half to two decks being cut from the 8 decks in the shoe, and not a continuous shuffling machine in sight.  Although there are no $5 tables for blackjack you should have no trouble finding a $10 table at any time of the day, especially in the upstairs gaming floor where they actually advertise '$10 blackjack tables available 24hours'.  However, on these $10 tables the maximum bet per box is only $200, which makes for a very poor spread when those high true counts come in.  When you do need to make those big bets, one way around this restriction is to bet the maximum on more than one playing box, as the $200 maximum applies per box, not per table.  This means that you could actually bet up to $1400 on a high true count hand.  Although this may bring unwanted attention to yourself from the pit bosses.

Blackjack Rules

Back Betting / Wonging In
Back betting is allowed up to three hands per box.  Knowledge of basic strategy of the general player is quite good so this could be a good strategy.

Variations
Crown has a sidebet called Perfect Pairs.  It is based on the first two cards that are dealt to your hand.  A mixed pair pays 6 to 1, a same coloured pair pays 12 to 1 and a perfect pair (two cards are exactly alike including colour and suit) pays 25 to 1.  I don't need to do any in depth calculations to see if this is a good bet for the player - it isn't.  Do you think crown casino would introduce this option if it wasn't good for them?  Some initial calculations suggest that taking up this bet increases the house edge that the casino has by at least 2-3%.

Blackjack Basic Strategy

For a given set of blackjack rules, there is only one best action to take for each possible hand a player may get versus each possible upcard a dealer may have.  This set of "best actions" is know as the Basic Strategy.  The basic strategy to be followed at Crown is as follows:

 For hard totals:
 
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
A
9
H
D
D
D
D
H
H
H
H
H
10
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
H
H
11
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
H
12
H
H
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
13
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
14
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
15
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
16
S
S
S
S
S
H
H
H
H
H
17
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S
S

 For pairs:
 
 
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
A
2,2
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
3,3
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
4,4
 
 
 
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
 
5,5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6,6
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
 
7,7
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
 
 
 
8,8
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
9,9
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
 
SP
SP
 
 
10,10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A,A
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
SP
For Soft totals, always hit on soft 17 or less.  Hit on soft 18 if dealer shows 9, 10 or Ace.

House Edge: 0.513%

INDEX
The dealer up-card is displayed along the top, and the players totals down the side. "S" = "stand" "H" = "hit" "D" = "double" "SP" = "split"
 
 

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