Blackjack in Macau has changed a lot between my first visit in 2007 and my second visit in 2009. As with most games there, the rules are becoming consolidated. The rules which most casinos follow are as follows.
The house edge under these rules is 0.16%.
Following are some rule variations encountered in Macau.
The following table shows the rules and house edge at all six casino concessions in Macau. Please report any errors.
|Macau Blackjack House Edge|
|Concession||Resplit Aces||Lose Splits to Dealer BJ||Max Hands by Splitting||House Edge|
* See exception for Pharaoh's Palace below.
Note: I have an uncomfirmed report that the Wynn no longer uses a discard pile, and the Venetian does. I'm awaiting a confirmation, but until then I'm going by the last known rules at the time I was last in Macau in August 2009.
The following two tables show the basic strategies in Macau. Use the one of the left for any casinos other than the Galaxy properties, and the one on the right for Galaxy casinos.
I'm told the Pharaoh's Palace still deals blackjack with an old and unusual set of rules. I believe many SJM casinos used to offer these rules, but most have converted to the standard game. However, a reader tells me you can find the following set of rules at the Pharaoh's Palace. I do not know if every game follows these rules, or just certain tables.
The house edge under these rules is 0.00%. Following is the basic strategy under these rules. I title the strategy "Lisboa Blackjack," because when I first made it, the game was still available at the Lisboa.
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