As one of the oldest and most popular casino games, blackjack has numerous variations. Atlantic City Blackjack is one of these variations, originating from Atlantic City, one of the gambling centers of the United States, neck to neck with Las Vegas.
Like with all blackjack variations, the main rules and the goal of the game are unchanged.
You still want to get as close to 21 as possible without going over (busting) and beat the dealer's total score. However, Atlantic City Blackjack features several special rules you need to be aware of before you start playing.
Atlantic City Blackjack Special Rules
Like with all blackjack games, the player is dealt two cards to begin with and then they have an option to hit or stand, as well as double or split in certain scenarios.
With Atlantic City Blackjack, players are allowed to double on any initial hand once. It doesn't matter if you're dealt 9, 10, or 18 – you have an option to double your bet and draw an extra card.
Splitting is allowed for all pairs, from deuces to aces. As usually, after the split, players are dealt one additional card for each hand. Then, in Atlantic City Blackjack variation, they have an option to double on one or both hands if they choose so. However, re-splitting is not allowed, so you only get one split per hand.
As for the dealer, he or she must draw on 16 and all totals under 16, and stand at a total of 17 or higher. One special rule that isn't uniform across all Atlantic City Blackjack tables is the one pertaining to the dealer hitting on soft 17. A majority of casinos these days will have dealers draw on soft 17, although the games where this isn't allowed are slightly more favorable to the player.