Vegas Downtown Blackjack
Here’s an interesting fact for you: Vegas Downtown Blackjack got it’s name from some of the games that run in downtown Las Vegas.
Surprise, surprise. I bet you didn’t see that coming?
But what you might not know is that these games are known for their lower stakes, liberal rules and better payouts. There’s where the key differences lie, between this variation and traditional blackjack.
However, not everyone can make it to downtown Las Vegas. So the next best thing is to find the game online. Several casinos offer it, and it’s one of the lowest edged games at .39 percent. So we thought that it would be a good idea to explain the rules for how to play it.
How to Play Vegas Downtown Blackjack
The objective in Vegas downtown blackjack is to beat the dealer’s hand. One way to do that is to make a hand valued at more points. For example, if the dealer has 13 points, you want to make a hand valued at 14 points or higher. You also win if the dealer goes over 21 points. However, you want to accomplish this yourself without busting (going over 21 points).
The value of each card is determined by number on the card. For example, if you have a 10 and 2, your hand is valued at 12 points. Aces are worth 11 or 1 point, and face cards are worth 10 points. So a 7 and A is valued at 8 points or (soft) 18. You get the idea.
The game will start with each player posting their bet. Then each player will be dealt their cards. The dealer will be dealt two cards, too, one face up and the other face down.
From here the action will begin. Here are the rules that everyone must follow, as well as the options that you have to hit, double down, stand, split, etc.
Vegas Downtown Blackjack Rules
Vegas Downtown is commonly played with 2 decks.
- Players can split any two cards, so long as they have the same value. That means you can split 7-7 or 10-10, but you can also split K-Q, J-10 and K-10.
- Players can split up to 3 times to make 4 hands.
- Split aces will receive one card each, and then will have to stand.
- Players can double down on any two cards.
- Players can double down after a split.
- The dealer will hit soft 17.
- The dealer will check for a blackjack with an ace or ten showing.
- Insurance pays 2:1.
- Blackjacks pay 3:2.
You can find Vegas downtown blackjack at select Microgaming casinos. One example is Roxy Palace. They have Vegas downtown, in addition to nearly 20 other (blackjack) options. In addition they have live dealer games, a mobile app and progressive jackpot games. They also have a current promotion running where you can get 350 free. So this would be a solid casino for your Vegas downtown, and other casino, needs.