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American Blackjack – Rules & Tips

In American Blackjack the dealer gets 2 cards - one open and one hidden.

In American Blackjack the dealer gets 2 cards – one facing up and one facing down. If the upcard is an Ace, the dealer will immediately peek at the hole card.

American Blackjack rules differ depending upon where you are playing. While the basic rules of blackjack are the same no matter which variation you are playing, you will find that more specific rules change from casino to casino. If you are playing in Atlantic City, for instance, the game rules may be slightly different than if you are playing in Las Vegas. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules before you begin playing American Blackjack at a live or online casino accepting American players.

In Las Vegas you’ll find that most casinos employ Vegas Strip Blackjack rules in their American Blackjack games. Rules specific to this Vegas Blackjack variation are as follows:

  • Vegas Strip Blackjack is played with 4 decks of cards
  • The dealer peeks for Blackjack on 10s, Faces and Aces
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • Players may double down on any two cards
  • Players may double down after splitting
  • Players may split 3 times, making up to 4 hands
  • Aces can be split only once
  • Players can only hit once to split Aces
  • 21 on a split Ace does not count as Blackjack
  • Unlike 10-value cards may be split (i.e. 10-J)

Atlantic City American Blackjack is played by almost the same rules as Las Vegas Strip Blackjack, with the exception of the following rules:

  • Atlantic City Blackjack is played with 8 decks of cards
  • Late surrender is allowed

If you want to practice playing either of these variations you can find them for free or real money in casinos online. Americans looking to play blackjack for real money online will find that recent online gambling laws make it more difficult to find a casino that allows real money play for Americans. However, rest assured-there are American casinos online where you can play blackjack for fun or for real money. Here you can find a free practice version of American Blackjack.

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