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Atlantic City Blackjack Rules & Terms

What is Atlantic City Blackjack?

Atlantic City Blackjack a blackjack variation that was popularised in the famous New Jersey seaside resort. Now you can play Atlantic City Blackjack in an online blackjack casino from anywhere in the world. The aim of the game of Atlantic City Blackjack is to try and beat the dealer's hand by getting closer to 21 than the dealer without going bust.

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Rules of How to Play Atlantic City Blackjack

The first thing the player must do when playing Atlantic City Blackjack is to place his bet. The dealer will then deal two cards to the player, both face up. The dealer will also deal two cards to himself, one face up and one face down. The player goes first, and plays his hand by hitting, standing, doubling down, splitting, surrendering, or taking insurance. After the player finishes, the dealer plays his own hand by hitting or standing.

Atlantic City Blackjack is played with eight standard decks of regular playing cards which are shuffled after each game.

There are a number of important blackjack rules to follow, such as if the dealer's hand is bust (i.e. it is more than 21) then the player automatically wins. If the player has a "Blackjack" — an Ace and a card that has a value of 10 — then the player automatically wins.

Additional Atlantic City Blackjack Rules:

If the dealer and the player have the same hand, this is know as a "push" and the amount that was bet is redeemed by the player, but no more than that. This also applies if both the player and the dealer get Blackjack.

If the player receives two cards of the same number or value then he has the opportunity to split. This means that a second bet is placed which is a second hand to play. This rule applies if you have a Jack and a Ten, for example, or a King and a Ten. Be aware that it is not possible to get Blackjack when cards have been split; in other words, if cards are split which have a value of ten and then an Ace is drawn, this cannot be considered a 'Blackjack', only a '21'. A player is allowed to split his cards up to three times in a game, apart from Aces, which can only be split once. Remember that with every split taken the player is placing another bet with the same value of the initial bet.

There is also the opportunity to win more money with the Double Down. This allows the player to double his bet, draw one more card, and then stand. Doubling down gives the player a chance to win twice as much money when he has a good hand, but be careful, it is also a chance to lose twice as much money.

The final important rule to remember is insurance. A player can "take insurance" when the first card drawn by the dealer is an Ace. The insurance is taken in case the dealer gets Blackjack. Insurance costs half of the original bet. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, then the player will lose the insurance bet and proceed to play his hand as per usual. If the dealer does have Blackjack, then the insurance is paid out at odds of 2:1.

How to Win at Atlantic City Blackjack

There are a number of ways to win at Atlantic City Blackjack. If your first two cards are an ace and any card with a value of 10, that's a Blackjack and you win a 3-to-2 jackpot. If the dealer busts, you win the blackjack game. If your cards come closer to 21 without going over, you win at blackjack. The Double Down option and the Split option give opportunities to win twice as much money as your regular blackjack bet. With Insurance, you can win even when you lose if the dealer gets a blackjack. A good blackjack strategy — which means using the blackjack basic strategy table — can help you win at Atlantic City Blackjack consistently.

Play Atlantic City Blackjack Online

Blackjack players around the world were gratified when the invention of online blackjack meant that they no longer had to travel to New Jersey to play Atlantic City Blackjack. Now you can play Atlantic City Blackjack online from the comfort of your own home, no matter where that may be. Playing Atlantic City Blackjack online at Wild Jack Casino is the blackjack player's dream come true.

Definitions and Terms for Atlantic City Blackjack

There are many terms that are used in Atlantic City Blackjack which are defined below:

  • 21 is the maximum value that cards can reach without them being bust. It can be reached without Blackjack by numbered cards; for example, a ten, a four, and a seven.
  • Advanced Blackjack Strategy Table is a system that can be used when the online blackjack auto-play is on; it is designed to benefit the player and help him to define his own game strategy.
  • Blackjack as mentioned previously is an Ace with another card that has a value of ten — it could be a ten of hearts or a face card like a Jack or Queen or King.
  • Bust is called when the cards dealt to either the dealer or the player exceeds the numerical value 21.
  • Denomination is the actual name of the card — for example; a king has a denomination of king, and a value of 10.
  • Double Down is a bet that can be placed if the player thinks that with only one more card drawn he will be able to beat the dealer. After the Double Down bet is taken the player is allowed one more card only, and then has to stand.
  • Hit is the term used for dealing the next card by the player if the player chooses to continue with his game as he believes he can get closer to 21.
  • Hole Card is the card that the dealer is dealt at the beginning of a game, which is face down and only turned after the player has made his moves.
  • Insurance, as described above, is the opportunity for the player to cover himself if the dealer's first card is an Ace and the player believes that the dealer has a high chance of getting Blackjack.
  • Push is when the dealer and the player draw the same result in the blackjack game.
  • Split is the chance to split your bets by adding another bet if the player receives two cards of the same value. Apart from Aces, a player can choose to split up to three times in each game. Aces can only be split once.
  • Stand is the position taken when the player is happy with his hand and does not want to draw any more cards.
  • If a player does not want to carry on playing his hand he can surrender and will only lose half of his original bet.
  • The numerical value of the card is known as the "value", this can be a 1 or 11 for an Ace, for the face cards it is 10. All other cards' value is according to their written numbers.

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