Whether you are heading to Atlantic City or want to play Atlantic City Blackjack online, it's important to understand the rules of the game, in and out. While Atlantic City Blackjack is played basically by the standard blackjack rules there are several more specific rules that are important to understand if you want to play the game of Atlantic City Blackjack successfully and avoid any rule breaches or mishaps.

The basics of Atlantic City Blackjack are the same as those of other blackjack variations. The game is played against the dealer with the objective of obtaining a hand with a higher value than the dealer's hand. Each player places a bet and then receives 2 cards and the dealer takes 2 cards as well (placing one face down so the players cannot see it). Based on their own hands and the face up card of the dealer each player must decide to stand, hit, double down or split. Once the players are satisfied with their hands the dealer reveals his hand and winners are determined. If a player beats the dealer he is paid; if the dealer beats the player then the player gives up his bet to the house.

Once you understand these basics you need to familiarize yourself with the more specific rules of Atlantic City Blackjack. These rules are as follows:

  • Atlantic City Blackjack is played with 8 decks of cards.
  • If a player wins with "Blackjack" the payout is 2:1
  • When the dealer and the player tie with the same hand, known as a "push", the player does not win or lose anything. This applies to all hands, including when the player and dealer both have Blackjack.
  • Players may split Aces only once. All other values can be split twice, resulting in three hands.
  • Doubling Down IS allowed after splitting
  • Players may Double Down on ANY 2-card hand
  • Players may take insurance when the dealer shows an Ace. If a player takes insurance the dealer peeks for blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack then the insurance bet pays out 2:1. If the dealer does not have blackjack the player loses their insurance bet and continues playing.
  • Late surrender is allowed.

When you are getting ready to play Atlantic City Blackjack it's important to familiarize yourself with all of these specific rules. However, it is just as important to familiarize yourself with Atlantic City Blackjack strategy.

Many players like to rely on card counting when playing Atlantic City Blackjack. However, it is important to keep in mind that, although card counting is legal, casinos frown it upon and if they suspect you of counting cards they have the right to ask you to leave the casino. Therefore, it is better to study up on Atlantic City Blackjack odds and strategy charts so that you can be prepared to beat the dealer! Atlantic City Blackjack strategy is nearly the same as Vegas Strip Blackjack. The difference is that when you play in Atlantic City it is advisable to surrender with a hand value of 16 when the dealer shows 9, 10 or Ace and to surrender when your hand is 15 and the dealer shows 10.