Downtown Vegas Blackjack: This version of Blackjack is played with 2 decks of cards, no jokers, shuffled after every game. Dealer always draws to soft 17 and stands on hard 17 or higher.
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Minimum wager per hand - $2.00
Maximum wager per hand - $200.00
Multi-Hand - Yes: 1-5
Table limit - $1,000.00
General Game Rules:
- You may draw as many additional cards as you want as long as the value of your hand does not exceed 21. If you go over 21, you go bust, and you automatically lose the hand.
- If the dealer's hand and the player's hand are both under 21, the hands are compared. If the player's hand is closer to 21 the player wins, if the dealer's hand is closer to 21 the player loses.
- Face cards (the Jack, Queen and King) and 10s all have a value of ten.
- An Ace has a value of either 1 or 11. Any combination of cards that contains an Ace card and whose value does not exceed 21 is referred to as a ‘soft hand’. An Ace adopts the value most beneficial for your hand. For example, an Ace and eight will add up to 19 but if the player chooses to take another card that would cause the hand's value to exceed 21 the Ace will revert to a value of 1.
- If you are dealt an Ace and a 10 or face card this is called a Blackjack and your hand will Stand automatically. If you beat the dealer with a Blackjack, you are paid out at 3 to 2.
- Dealer always checks / peeks for Blackjack before your turn if there is an Ace or a 10-value card (10, J, Q, K) showing. One Dealer card is dealt face up (the up card) and the other face down (the hole card). If the Dealer has a ten or an ace as the up card, it is possible he has a Blackjack in which case Player's hand will lose except with another Blackjack. The dealer will check for Blackjack if one is possible, immediately after the cards are dealt to the player, and will collect the losing bet immediately if he does have a Blackjack. Player loses total amount bet against Dealer in such a case. If the Dealer does not have a Blackjack, the game continues.
- If the Dealer’s up card is an Ace, Insurance will be offered to the Player, only then will the Dealer peek.
- If you are dealt a pair you may Split your hand. This means that your pair is divided into two separate hands with two separate wagers. A second wager – equal to your original wager – is automatically placed on your second hand. Both hands are played as separate hands.
- If you are dealt two cards with a value of 10 (10, J, Q, K) you may split your hand. This means that your pair is divided into two separate hands with two separate wagers. A second wager – equal to your original wager – is automatically placed on your second hand. Both hands are played as separate hands.
- If you split Aces, you will receive only 1 more card to complete your hand and if the second card is a face card or 10 it is not a Blackjack. Such a hand would have a value of 21. It beats the dealer's hand value less than 21 and ties – called a Push – against the dealer's hand value of 21 except if the dealer's hand is a Blackjack. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a value of ten. Should you split a pair of tens (or face cards) and then receive an ace this hand is not a Blackjack.
- Re-splitting is allowed. The player can re-split up to twice on an already split hand (for a total of four hands), but cannot re-split Aces.
- You may Double any hand after you receive your two cards. This will double your original wager.
- After Double, you will only receive 1 more card to complete your hand.
- Double after Split is allowed except when you are Splitting Aces. The wager costs as much as your original bet, but should you win, you will be paid double your total wager.
- If the dealer's face up card is an Ace, you may purchase Insurance. Insurance is purchased prior to playing your hand (s).
- If you purchase Insurance and then Split your hand, the hand will no longer be covered by Insurance.
- If you purchase insurance and then Double your hand, the initial wager is doubled.
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