Atlantic City Blackjack is a variant of traditional Blackjack which has a couple of slight differences. It’s played with anything between four and eight decks of cards. It is an American hole card game - the dealer is dealt one card face down and the other card is face up. The casino’s edge in this game depends on the number of decks that are being used and other variations of the rules. Now let me try to give you a rundown of how a game of Atlantic City Blackjack is played:
- Before they are dealt any cards, players have to place a wager.
- Then the players receive two face up cards and the dealer is dealt one face up and one face down card.
- The dealer has to check if he hit a blackjack (a 10 and an ace). If he did the game is over and the players lose their wagers.
- If the card values of the player are over 21 they are bust and they lose the game and their wager.
- In Atlantic City Blackjack players can be dealt up to 11 cards if they do not exceed the value of 21.
- If the dealer’s cards are 17 or more, he has to stay. If his total is under 16 he needs to draw a card.
- If the first cards that the player gets add up to 9, 10 or 11, he can consider “doubling down”, meaning he will double his original bet. If he does this he can only be dealt one more card in this round of play.
- When the players is dealt two identical cards he can choose to split his hand, which mean he will now be playing two hands. A wager equal to his initial bet is placed and he will play two hands simultaneously. There are different variations regarding resplitting and the splitting of aces. Usually a player can split up to three times to make four hands. You can split aces only once and you can use only one card to split aces. A card with 10 value and a split ace don’t count as a blackjack - only a 21.
- Players can also ask for an insurance bet if they see that one of the dealer’s cards is an ace.
- Players win if the dealer goes bust or if their own hand wins. This occurs when they get are dealt a blackjack, meaning a ten-value card and an ace. This hand will automatically win over all other hands and gets a 3:2 payout.
- If the dealers and the player’s hands are equal then a tie is called and the player gets his money back.
Atlantic City Blackjack has skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years in casinos everywhere and on the internet as well. Players are flocking to it because of its easy to understand rules and a good edge in the player’s advantage.