Atlantic City Blackjack is an exciting variant of the game that Blackjack fans are sure to love. It is played with eight decks of cards that are shuffled between each round. The game is made distinct in a number of ways. It offers the ability to surrender hands, including after the dealer has checked for Blackjack, and doubling is available on hands of any value. It is a stunning looking game with smooth graphics that will keep you engaged in the action for hours on end.
The aim of Atlantic City Blackjack is the same as most other Blackjack games, to build a hand that is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand is. When calculating a hand’s value, the number cards 2 to 10 are worth their face values, Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10, and Aces can be 1 or 11. Therefore, a hand of 21 can be formed with just two cards, an Ace and a ten card. It is known as Blackjack and it is the strongest possible hand.
To start a round you need to place your bet and click on ‘Deal’. You then receive two face up cards and the dealer receives one face up and one face down. The dealer will check for Blackjack if the face up card is an Ace or a ten card. You then have four options for each hand:
If your two hands have the same value then you can Split them into two separate hands and play them individually. You can then split then hands again if they have matching values up to a maximum of three times. However, Aces can only be split once and split aces will only receive one more card to the hand. You cannot form Blackjack with a split hand, only hands of 21.
If the Dealer’s first face up card was an Ace then you can place an Insurance bet. This costs half of your original bet and if the dealer goes on to have Blackjack then you will be paid out on this bet.
When you have finished playing your hand the dealer will play. The dealer will always draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 16. The dealer will stand as soon as the hand is worth 17 or more.
Blackjack has just one main bet and the insurance bet as described above. Thanks to this, betting on the game is very simple.
The main special feature in this game is a Turbo Mode that can be turned on in the settings menu and greatly increases the speed of play. You can also control the volume of the game sounds and dealer voice in the settings menu. Other special features include buttons to quickly clear bets, deal the cards, and so on.
All winning hands are paid out at 1:1, except for Blackjack, which pays at 3:2. A winning insurance bet pays at 2:1, while hands that tie with the dealer are returned as a push.