Comparing Online Casino Blackjack RulesBy: Joan Peppin, Wednesday January 27th 2010
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Land casinos are scattered all over the world. However there are three centers that have a high concentration of land casinos. These are Las Vegas Strip, Atlantic City and Europe. At casinos in all these areas blackjack is a very popular game. However there are slight differences in the rules in each of these three areas. Online casinos offer different blackjack games with rules from Las Vegas Strip, Atlantic City and Europe. Microgaming online casinos offer blackjack games based on all three land casinos. Other online gaming software providers offer blackjack games based on two of the three land casinos depending on their clientele. This article discusses the similarities and differences in the blackjack rules of these three important land casino areas.
There are certain rules that are common to all three land casino areas. These are given below.
Here it must be pointed out that there are some casinos in Nevada in Downtown Las Vegas and Northern Nevada that entail the dealer to draw on a total of soft 17. This rule is not very popular because it gives an advantage to the dealer. Some online casino software providers offer games based on this rule as well.
The differences in the rules exist in Las Vegas Strip, Atlantic City and Europe for splitting and doubling. The rules in this regard for each area are given below.
Las Vegas Strip Rules
Atlantic City Rules
There is one other major difference between the two American blackjack rules and the European blackjack rules. In both the American games if the dealer's face up card is an ace or a 10 value card then the dealer checks for blackjack before the player makes his moves. If the dealer has a blackjack then the game ends and the player does not get an opportunity to split or double. In the European rules the dealer is either not dealt a second card or even if he is, then he does not check for blackjack before the player makes his moves. This is called the no hole card rule. The second card of the dealer is revealed only after the player completes his hand, which may include splitting or doubling. If the dealer ultimately has a blackjack then the player loses all wagers including those placed while splitting or doubling.
Because the European rules have the no hole card rule and because they restrict doubling, blackjack games with these rules are the least preferred. Among the American rules Las Vegas Strip is preferred because it allows resplitting.
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