Bet the Bust Introduction Bet the Bust is one of many blackjack side bets that wins if the dealer busts. In this one, the player can make the decision after the dealer exposes his up card. Naturally, the greater the chances of busting, the less the bet pays. Rules The side bet is based on ordinary blackjack rules.
The side bet is based on ordinary blackjack rules. The dealer exposes his up card. If the dealer's up card is a 2 to 6, then he gives players the chance to make the Bet the Bust side bet. If the player makes the bet, and the dealer eventually busts, then the EZ Bust wager will pay even money.
At G2E (2013) this year I saw a side bet that seemed very familiar to me, Dealer Bust 21 (DB21), at the TCS John Huxley booth (as of August, 2016, DB21 is offered by AGS). DB21 is yet another blackjack side bet that pays if the dealer busts. This one has a unique distinction: I was the mathematician who did the original mathematical analysis.
The Buster side bet returns at odds of 800 to 1 in this case but you need to have a blackjack to collect this payout. Without the blackjack, the dealer busting with 7 or more cards pays at lower odds of 50 to 1. A dealer bust with 6 cards pays at odds of 18 to 1. A dealer busting with 5 cards offers a payout of 4 to 1.
BI is a side bet that wins if the dealer busts with exactly 3 cards. If one or more players make a BI wager, then the dealer will draw a third card to any hand with a total of 12 to 16. This draw will take place even if there is no action left by any player at the table. The BI bet wins for the player if the dealer busts with exactly three cards.
The higher amount of cards in the dealer’s busted hand, the higher the payout for the Buster bet. For example, when the dealer busts with a five card Charlie, the player will win more than if they bust on three cards. The Buster Blackjack side bet acts independently of the original blackjack hand.