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Library for running blackjack simulations

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py21 is a blackjack simulator. Users can run the simulation using the default rules or specify their own. Additionally, users can test their own playing and betting strategies.


Right now py21 can be installed from source or PyPI.

To download from source, clone or download this repository, then navigate to the directory you cloned to and run pip install -e ..

To download from PyPI, use pip install py21

Using py21

To run the simulator, the user must initiate one instance of the Game class and at least one instance of the Player class.

The Player class requires one input, bankroll, and has three optional inputs: strategy_func, wager_func, and insurance_func.

bankroll should be an numerical value indicating the bankroll the player will be starting with.

strategy_func should be a function that will return what action the player will take in a given situation. This function can take as inputs a number of variables containing information about the game such as the player's hand, dealer's up card, and the count. It must return one of the following: HIT, STAND, SPLIT, DOUBLE.

wager_func should be a function that will determine how much the player will wager in a hand. Like the function used for strategy_func it can take as arguments variables on the status of the game. It must return a number that is within the minimum and maximum bets allowed, and no more than the player's bankroll.

insurance_func should be a function that will determine if a player takes insurance when the dealer is showing an ace. It must return True or False.

The Game class has one required argument and two optional ones. players is a list of instances of the Players class that will be used in the game. rules can be a dictionary containing changes to the game's default rules to run the simulation under different scenarios. An explanation of how the dictionary should be structured is below. Finally, verbose is a boolean indicator for whether or not you want information printed out as the game is played.

Running a simulation can be done in a few lines of code:

from py21 import Game, Player

# initiate Player object
player = Player(100)
# initiate Game object
game = Game([player])

# run simulation 1,000,000 times

Updating Game Parameters

To update a rule in the game, use this dictionary format:

{param: new_rule}

For example, here is how to change the blackjack payout from 3:2 to 6:5:

from py21 import Game, Player

rules = {"blackjack_payout": 1.2}

player = Player(100)
game = Game([player], rules)


A list of the game parameters you can update can be found here.

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