Vegas Nights Blackjack is played with five decks of cards (five deck shoe). Cards of rank 2 through 10 are scored according to their face value. All face cards are 10 points. Aces are semi-wild and can be worth either 1 or 11 points. The highest hand in blackjack is any Ace card together with any 10,J,Q or K, this hand is called a Blackjack. A winning Blackjack pays 3:2. If both player and dealer have a Blackjack the bet is a push. Aside from a Blackjack a winning hand pays even money. The player wins if his hand has a higher count than the dealer, without going over 21. Thus a 21-point hand is the highest and this is why the game is sometimes called 21. If either the player or dealer go over 21 it is called a break or bust and automatically loses. If the player busts the player loses. If the player and dealer tie the bet is a push.
A round of Vegas Nights Blackjack begins with each player placing the minimum bet in the box directly in front of him/her. The dealer will then deal each player and himself one card and then immediately deal each player another card, the Dealer still has only one card at this point.
In the event the Dealer has an Ace as his first card he will allow the players to insure their hands against the possibility of a Blackjack. Each Player can insure up to half his bet that is on the table. Should the Dealer get a Blackjack and insurance bets have been played, then the Dealer will take the losing bets and pay the insurance bets 2:1. If the Dealer has an ace showing and a Player has a Blackjack the Dealer may offer “Even Money?” Should the Player accept the offer of Even Money, the Dealer pays 1:1 and immediately takes away that hand. Should the Player “NOT” accept Even Money, the hand remains on the table until the Dealer draws his cards. If the Dealer then gets a Blackjack, the hand that was a Blackjack will become a Push Bet. However if the Dealer did not get Blackjack he will pay that hand 3:2. A Player that has a Blackjack CANNOT insure that bet against the Dealer’s Ace Card.
If the Player is satisfied with his hand he may “Stand”, this is the term used to signify that you’re content with your hand and you Do Not require any more cards. To signify you wish to stand using a hand gesture, simply move your hand from left to right just behind the bet of the box that is in play.
If the Player is Not satisfied with his hand and wishes to take another card he may continue to do so until he either stands or busts. To signify you wish to hit using a hand gesture, simply place your hand on the table behind the bet of the box that is in play and tap your fingers on the table.
If the player feels he needs only one more card after receiving his initial two cards then he may double his bet and be dealt one more card only.This option is only offered on the first two cards, and on the first two cards after splitting. To signify you wish to double place another wager next to your original wager of equal value. Remember once you have doubled you Do Not have the option of drawing another card, you receive one card only and that hand is completed.
If the player’s first two cards are of equal point value he may split them into two hands. In this event each card is the first card of a new hand. The player must also make another wager of equal value to the first for the second hand. The player may usually resplit up to 2 or 3 times if another splitting opportunity arises. Doubling after splitting is always allowed. Should you have 2 Aces and you choose to split, then you receive only one card on each Ace. And if the card drawn on the Ace is a 10,J,Q or K, the hand does not count as a Blackjack but it counts as 21, in which case the Dealer’s Blackjack will beat Split Aces that have resulted in 21. To signify you wish to split put the additional wager next to the original wager.
After all players have played their hands, from the Dealer’s left to right, the Dealer will play his hand. The Dealer has no free will but must always play by the house rules. The rule is that the dealer must hit until he reaches a score of 17 or more. The moment the dealer reaches 17 he has to stop. If the dealer busts all players that did not bust automatically win.