11 Don’ts Of Playing Blackjack In Vegas
You must hit if the point total of your cards is 11 or less. If the dealer goes over 21, all hands remaining on the table must be paid. Paired two-card hands (eg 8-8, 2-2, King-Jack, Queen-Ten, etc) can be split to create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount. Players can split once for two hands in total, and split aces receive only one card on each split hand. As the hand progresses, more options become available.
I’m a good blackjack player, if there’s such a thing. I know the odds and follow the rules, strategies, and tips. I am disciplined, which allows me to be able to sit at a table for as long as I do. What I don’t love about gambling are some of the people who sit down at my table.
If you have a 14 against the dealer’s assumed 16 and you take a hit, there’s likely to be a lynch mob after you (see don’t #1). Other people at the table may have made stupid plays, but yours is the one everyone will remember. Derived from the French card game Vingt et un Blackjack is today’s most popular casino card game.
This gives the casino a bigger advantage than if the dealer stands on ALL 17s. Whether or not the dealer will hit a soft 17 will usually be prominently displayed, in text on the the felt, so you know how to expect the dealer to play their hand. Again, dealers do not have the option to deviate from the rules set by the casino.
After being shuffled, the cards are placed in a receptacle called a shoe, from which the dealer can slide out one card at a time. Single- or double-deck games, most common in Nevada, but also popular in Mississippi and some other markets, may be dealt from the dealer’s hand. The best total of all is a two-card 21, or a blackjack. Blackjack pays 3-2–that is, a two-card 21 on a $5 bet will win $7.50 instead of the usual $5 even-money payoff on other winning hands.
In a single- or double-deck game dealt from the hand, cards are dealt facedown and players may pick them up with one hand. Either way, one of the dealer’s cards is turned faceup so the players can see it. Understand the “House rules.” Most casinos always “stand” on 17 and greater. Some casinos require an “ante” like in poker (play in those casinos favors the house as much as 20%). Your dealer will surely let you know it if comes to this.