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Vegas Strip Blackjack Rules

Vegas Strip Blackjack is what playing real ‘blackjack’ is all about. You can find literally hundreds of blackjack tables down the Las Vegas Strip; and if you don’t want to go through all the trouble of flying to Nevada, there are great variants of the game online, should you choose to investigate. The game itself holds no special character (like Multi-Hand blackjack or Spanish 21), but the odds are favourable and the rules are simple, with no special restrictions in sight.

Of course this is not to say that one does not need some preparation if he is to play Vegas Strip Blackjack (and win respectively). Here is an overview of the rules governing Vegas Strip Blackjack, as well as the specifics which add character to this particular branch of the already popular 21.

How to Play Vegas Strip Blackjack

The dealer will start by handing each player (and himself) two cards. They can be any of the standard 52 cards found in a common deck of playing cards (no jokers). The suits are not important; rather we will be counting the value of each card based on its inscription. An Ace can be counted as 1 or as 11 (depending on the situation). The number cards (2 through 10) are counted as they read. Kings, Queens and Jacks each have a value of 10. You count your cards by adding their value. The end number is called a total, and it is this total that decides the outcome of a Blackjack game.

The player compares his total to that of the dealer, and if it’s greater than the dealer’s without going over 21, the player wins the pot. If a player goes over 21, then he busts, forfeiting his wager.

After you’ve received your two card, you can choose whether to hit, stand, double down, split or surrender (unless your total is 21 right off the bat, which is considered an automatic win for the player; unless the dealer also has 21 in his hand, in which case it’s a draw/push and no one wins/loses their bets)

Hit – You basically draw 1 additional card. Each hit gives you 1 more card that you add to your hand. You can draw as much as you like, as long as you don’t bust. Vegas Strip Blackjack forbids hitting after splitting aces*.

Stand – A hit is not always your best option. Hitting adds value to your total, increasing the chance for a bust. You can stand after you hit, or before; the choice is yours.

Double Down – If a player wants to increase his wager mid-game, doubling down is the easiest way to do so. You can request a double down before you hit/stand. The dealer will give you one last card, and you can no longer hit until the game is over. The card adds to your total as usual and again if you go over the 21 mark, you lose (double).

*You can double double on any two cards, and after a split

Split – If your first two cards are of equal value (either they are a pair, or they are 10 cards), you can split the two cards, making two separate hands. The dealer will then dispense one additional card to each hand. Now you have 4 cards and 2 hands (each hand is treated separately from the other). You can split up to 3 times (making 4 hands total), and you can double down on each individual hand.

*There is a special rule, where if your first two cards are Aces, you can split them only once! And you can no longer hit.

Standing on all 17s
The dealer is usually the last person to have a say on how the game is played. Vegas Strip Blackjack demands that a dealer stands on all 17s, meaning that once he reaches a total of 17, he can no longer hit (even if he has an Ace, which as we know can count as either 1 or 11). This rule doesn’t apply to the player himself, although hard 17’s (a total of 17 without there being an Ace) are better played by choosing to stand rather than to hit.

More Articles Covering Blackjack

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Single Deck Blackjack Rules
Vegas Downtown Blackjack
Vegas Strip Blackjack Rules
Atlantic City Blackjack
How to Hit a Hand
Splitting Hands in Blackjack
Insurance in Blackjack
Surrender in Blackjack
Standing a Hand
Blackjack Double Down
Splitting Hands in Blackjack
Blackjack Odds
Blackjack Strategy for Playing Hands
Blackjack Cards and Hands Value

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