In the world of Vegas there are a number of different blackjack games. Though all of these games are played by the same basic standard blackjack rules, there are subtle differences that make these games entirely different from one another. One of the most popular of these games is Vegas Downtown Blackjack.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack, like other blackjack variations, is played against a dealer. Though more than one player may be sitting at a table, each player is in competition against the dealer alone, with the objective of getting a hand with a higher value than the dealer's hand without breaking 21. Each player receives two cards and can see one of the dealer's two cards. Based on these cards each player must decide to stand with their initial hand; hit and receive additional cards; split pairs into separate hands; double down, doubling their bet and receiving one additional card; surrender for half their bet; or take insurance against a dealer blackjack when a dealer shows an Ace. Then the dealer reveals his hand and the winners are determined.

If you are going to play Vegas Downtown Blackjack then it is important to recognize the rules that make this game different from other blackjack variations. These differences include:

  • Vegas Downtown Blackjack is played with two decks of cards only
  • The dealer stands on hard 17 and above but hits on soft 17 (Ace-6)
  • Players may double down on any initial 2-card hand
  • Players may double down after splitting
  • Players may re-split to a total of three hands
  • The dealer peeks for blackjack when showing an Ace
  • Players may play one bet position

Many card counters enjoy playing with Vegas Downtown Blackjack rules because the game is played with only 2 decks. However, if you will be counting cards keep in mind that the casinos look down on counting and reserve the right to ask you to stop playing.

One of the best Vegas Downtown Blackjack strategies is to learn and understand odds and basic strategy. The basic strategy chart below illustrates the best move (hit, stand, double, split, etc.) in every situation, based on your cards and the dealer's card. By studying this chart you can greatly improve your game and increase your chances of winning Vegas Downtown Blackjack.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack