Vegas Strip Blackjack

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Vegas Strip Blackjack is the most common type of blackjack named after the big casino strip in Las Vegas. It is a game that is offered in most land casinos and online casinos. Some of the rules might vary slightly but the main principles of the game always stay the same. You would be wise to check the exact rules of the game in the casino you are about to play at.

In this game the objective of the game is identical to most known blackjack versions. You play the game against the dealer and your main objective is to beat the dealer by reaching a total hand value of 21 points or getting as close to that total without going over it.

Vegas Strip Blackjack Rules

The game is played with four decks of cards. The dealer deals you one face up card and then deals themselves one face up card. Then the dealer deals you the second face up card and deals themselves a second card only this one is facing down (hole card).

In case the dealer’s face up card is an ace the dealer will offer you insurance. The insurance bet will be to the value of half your original bet. The dealer checks its hole card to see if they have a blackjack. If they do then you lose your original bet and win the blackjack bet.

In case where the dealer’s face up card is a 10-valued card they would also check their hole card to see if they hit a blackjack, however no insurance is offered and if the dealer reveals a blackjack you lose your bet.

When the dealer does not have a blackjack the game continues and it is your turn to make a move. You are allowed to double on any two cards and you are also allowed to double after a split. Splitting is allowed up to three times (so in total you can have a maximum of four hands), but aces are allowed to be split only once with only one card dealt for each hand after the split. A split ace and 10-valued card hand counts as 21 but does not count as a natural blackjack.

Vegas Strip Blackjack Dealer’s Rules

The dealer must stand on all 17 valued hands (soft 17 and hard 17). In case the dealer busts you would win your hand even if it has a low hand total. If the dealer does not bust out of the hand then both your hand and the dealer’s hand totals are compared in order to see who reached a hand total that is closer to 21. In case both hands have an equal total then the round is declared a Push (tie) and your original bet is returned to you.

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