Vegas Strip Blackjack: Game Peculiarities
The differences between Las Vegas Strip Blackjack and the conventional blackjack card game are not very noticeable at first though the slight rules differences make Vegas Strip to be unique. This game was called after Las Vegas Boulevard where a lot of casinos stand - Vegas Strip: the most popular and world-famous casinos of Las Vegas are located there.
Today, this blackjack variation is possible to play both in Vegas and many online casinos; it has a lot in common with a traditional blackjack and only rules of splitting and doubling down differ here. Let's have a closer look at Vegas Strip Blackjack to understand it better.
Vegas Strip vs Traditional Blackjack
The object and basic rules of Vegas Strip are the same with a traditional blackjack:
1. Card values are the same.
2. The objective: to beat a dealer by getting as closer to 21 points as possible without exceeding it.
3. A hand of 21 points wins automatically and is paid as 3:2. All other hands (not Blackjack) which beat a dealer are paid even money.
4. Any two cards can be doubled down though, according to Vegas Strip strategy, it is profitable to double only on hands of 9-11s.
Features that differ Vegas Strip from Blackjack
Vegas Strip would not exist as a separate blackjack variation if it did not have any specific features to be unique. Which rules make Vegas Strip Blackjack being different from a conventional one?
1. Vegas Strip is played with only 4 decks of cards.
2. A dealer always stands on 17 (no matter whether it is Soft 17 or Hard 17).
3. A player has a right to split pairs up to 4 different hands. Some casinos even allow doubling down after splitting though the rules can vary from one casino to another. Face cards are also allowed to split; as for Aces, they can be split only once during the game, and you are welcome to take only one more card after you split Aces actually. When a player splits s/he should have equal bets for his/her every hand; moreover, s/he loses insurance in this case.
4. Your split Ace and 10's will not be considered to be Blackjack, just 21.
So, as you can see, it is not difficult to understand and remember the rules of Vegas Strip Blackjack; moreover, it will be very easy for you to play it if you perfectly know the basic rules and strategies for blackjack. Before coming to Las Vegas and trying to play its unique blackjack variation, be sure that you perfectly know its rules, otherwise, you risk losing very quickly.