Blackjack Atlantic City is a hugely exciting variant of the classic game that all Blackjack players are sure to love. The game is played with eight decks of cards that are shuffled after each round. It offers all the features you could need, such as the ability to split hands, double down, and surrender weak hands. Furthermore, the game offers two side bets and allows you to play up to four hands positions simultaneously, giving you loads of opportunities to win.
To begin a round, place your Ante bet on any hand positions that you want to play together with any side bets you want to place. After you are happy with your bets click on ‘Deal’, you will receive two face up cards to each hand and the dealer will receive one face up and one facedown.
The aim is to build hands that have a value as close to 21 as possible but without exceeding 21, which is known as going bust. When calculating the value of a hand, aces are worth 1 or 11, the picture cards are all worth 10 and the number cards are worth their face values. The best possible hand is Blackjack, an ace and a ten card, and it beats all other hands.
In most cases, there will then be four basic choices for each hand.
Occasionally you will be offered the following options:
When you have finished playing your hands the dealer will play. The dealer will always draw more cards until the hand is worth at least 17.
As explained above, you only need to place the Ante bet in Blackjack to start the round and occasionally you can place the Insurance bet.
Blackjack Atlantic City offers two side bets, Pairs and 21+3. The Pair side bet wins if the first two cards dealt to a hand form one of three types of pair, a Perfect Pair (two identical cards), a coloured pair (the same colour but different suit) or a mixed pair (different suit).
The 21+3 bet wins if the first two cards dealt to a hand combined with the dealer’s face up card form either a flush, a straight, a three of a kind, a straight flush or a suited three of a kind.
The game does not have many additional special features, but there are helpful buttons to make playing smoother. There are shortcuts to quickly place the same bet again and deal the cards and you can also control the volume and choose to play in full screen mode.
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 (there by ensuring that you do not lose money on the hand), while hands that tie with the dealer are returned as a push.
The Pairs side bet offers payouts of 25:1 for a Perfect Pair, 12:1 for a Coloured Pair and 6:1 for a Mixed Pair. The 21+3 side bet pays out 100:1 for a Suited Three of a Kind, 40:1 for a Straight Flush, 30:1 for a Three of a Kind, 10:1 for a Straight and 5:1 for a Flush.