What specifics do we know, if any, about the blackjack implementation in Fallout New Vegas? Specifically:

  • How does luck modify the game? (Does it modify the odds of you getting a card you need, one which won't bust you, etc.? Does it modify the odds of the dealer pulling a bust card, etc.?)

  • Do we know if the implementation plays with a standard deck or a multi-deck shoe? If so, how many decks at each venue?

  • Am I imagining things or does it seem like if you and the dealer tie, but you have a soft score (ace as 11), the dealer wins? Sometimes the game moves too quickly for me to clearly see the cards from my couch, so I'm not sure if this is the case or I'm miscounting as the cards flip across the screen -- especially as the dealer plays. :)

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    Can't answer the entire question, but whenever luck in any way modifies your game, you get a "You're feeling lucky!" notification.
    – user56
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 1:07
  • @Arda: Thanks; I was wondering about that one. I've gotten it quite a few times in blackjack. And here I thought I just had a system!
    – John Rudy
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 1:11
  • @alexander: How is this a possible duplicate of the rules of a completely different game?
    – John Rudy
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 12:30
  • my mistake, consider it retracted Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 16:36
  • @alexander: No problem. A little while after commenting, I noticed that the caravan tag was mistakenly applied to the post by another user. I then proceeded to fix that. :)
    – John Rudy
    Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 19:57

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Luck: I haven't found any official confirmation of exactly what the percentages are for the influence of Luck, but I've the standard advice for high (9 or 10) Luck builds at Blackjack is to basically always hit at 18 or below, always stand on a 19 or 20, Split 16's and double down on 11's, and you will always come out very far ahead. Based on anecdotal information, it seems as though the impact of luck may be at least somewhat exponential, as I can't say I've had that level of success running with 5, 6, or 7 (the highest I've taken a character to the tables with.)

Deck: It's a shoe at Gomorrah at the very least, though I can't say how many decks, reshuffled for every hand. The main thing to keep in mind is that the odds of a 10 are extremely high when it's just you and the dealer.

Push: You're imagining things. In the event of a Push, you'll get your bet back, but you won't win any additional caps. That said, each Casino does have it's own house rules. At Gomorrah, the Dealer is required to hit on a soft 17. At Ultra-Luxe and The Tops, the dealer will always stand on a 17.

  • Are we sure about the single deck? Everything else makes sense -- but I know I've seen duplicate cards on the table.
    – John Rudy
    Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 10:11
  • I've never seen a dupe myself. If you have, of course that'd contradict me, and I'm possibly wrong on that front. I'd love to see if that's the case. It could be another variation by casino. Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 15:21
  • Just got dealt 2 Aces of Spades at Gomorrah. Answer updated to reflect. Commented Oct 29, 2010 at 1:22
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    The question is of course assuming there are decks - as a programmer, if I didn't have to worry about no-duplicates, I would just randomly choose one of the 52 cards for every card dealt... that would be much easier than having to deal with actually shuffling and dealing cards. Commented Oct 29, 2010 at 4:09
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    Very true - especially when you're playing fast and loose with probability to allow a 'luck' score to influence things... Commented Oct 29, 2010 at 4:21

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