Black Jack 21
Las Vegas Strip Rules

Black Jack is a game where the participants play against the Dealer (the bank) independent of other players. The player's goal is to draw cards which together should amount to 21 scores, or as close as possible without overstepping 21. When the player gets 21 with his two first cards, he has Black Jack.

Ace counts as 1 or 11, dressed cards as 10 and remaining cards according to their value.

If the player's sum of cards is closer to 21 than the dealer's, he wins as much as he has put on stake, except when he has Black Jack. In that case the player wins 3 to 2 times what he bet (assuming the dealer does not also have Black Jack).

If the player's sum of cards is overstepping 21 he loses what he put on stake. If the player and the dealer have the same scores, no one wins and the stake goes back to the player in a so-called push. Black Jack beats 21.

Split, if the player's first two cards are of the same value, he may split them and with a new stake of the same value, he gets two separate hands. The player draws cards in accordance to regular rules. If the player splits two Aces, he only gets one card each on respectively ace, then the dealer draws his cards. If the player splits and gets 21 with 2 cards on any hand, this is not considered as Black Jack, but as 21.

Double Down, it is possible for the player to double his stake, but he will only receive one more card. The player may double on his two first cards. Double down is done when the player thinks his third card will give him a position where he can win over the dealer.

Insurance, if the dealer's first card is an Ace he is then considered to have good chance to get Black Jack. The player can, if he believes the bank's dark card is a 10, insure himself against Black Jack. If you choose to insure yourself you have to pay an amount of half your stake. If the dealer gets Black Jack, the insurance will pay 2 to 1 which corresponds to the original stake. If you have insured yourself and the dealer does not get Black Jack then you loose you're insurance. Your ordinary stake is settled by your cards against whatever the bank gets.

The insurance is to be seen as a game of its own within the Black Jack, and it gives the player a chance to protect himself, when he thinks that the dealer will get Black Jack. The player should not insure himself when he has Black Jack. If the dealer gets Black Jack towards your Black Jack a push is obtained.

Rules for the Dealer

The dealer must draw cards until he has at least 17 and must stay on 17 or higher. In other words, if the dealer gets 16 he has to draw a card. The dealer has no freedom to draw cards depending on your hand. The dealer follows given rules and can not act on his own.

Black Jack - Rules

Nevada Gaming Commission: Las Vegas Strip Rules


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  • The dealer stands on all 17s (including soft 17s)