Bullet Bob's Best Shot! Casino Game Strategies

Las Vegas Blackjack

Las Vegas Rules / Multiple Deck

Las Vegas Strip Rules: Dealer must draw to all totals of 16 or less and stand on all totals of 17 to 21. Players may double down on any initial hand and split any pair. All pairs may be split and drawn to like an initial hand, except for Aces. Players get only 1 card on each of the split Aces. Doubling after a split is usually permitted. The same goes for re-splitting. Blackjacks pay 1 1/2 to 1 and insurance on a dealer Ace pays 2 to 1. Downtown Las Vegas Rules: These are the same as the above LV Strip rules except that the dealer draws to a soft 17 and stands on a hard 17 to 21. Also most houses are more restrictive about after split play. The best games with the highest player advantage are usually found on the strip.

Two blackjack strategy charts are shown here. Both strategies use the same statistical information but in different presentation formats. It's not necessary to memorize both charts but you need to know one of the two perfectly. The Condensed Optimal Strategy is the easiest for most to remember and use. Since the player's hand constantly changes as hits are taken, while the dealer's up-card doesn't, the condensed version's focus on the dealer's upcard, rather than the player's hand, gives you much less to have to remember as your hands are being played out.*

*Note: Against some of the lower dealer cards in the condensed chart, an A7 hand is recommended twice (as a down-for-double play and also as a soft total limit). If you are dealt A7, use it for your double. However if instead of a double, you develop a soft draw hand of some sort, use A7 as your soft draw limit.

Vegas Strip Multiple Deck Blackjack Strategy Chart
Condensed Vegas Strip Multiple Deck Blackjack Strategy Chart
About Insurance -

Although casino staff members might offer you a different explanation, Blackjack insurance is nothing more than a side bet that the dealer with an Ace up has 10 in the hole, giving him 21. With normal card distribution, at the 2 to 1 payoff, it is about 8% against you. Not a good bet. However, if you happen to be observant enough to know when the remaining deck has fewer than twice as many non-tens than tens, then it's a good bet. Remember Dustin Hoffman's "Rain Man"? He was very good at that.

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