Online Blackjack – A Guide to Playing Online Blackjack in the United States


Welcome to this GamblingSites.org how-to video.
Today, we’ll be providing you with our guide
to “Playing Online Blackjack in the United
States”.
Since the US has 50 different states, each
with its own laws, the legal status of the
game varies from state to state.
In some cases, playing blackjack for real
money is forbidden online or offline.
In others, there are no real laws on the books
related to the internet version of the game.
And there are plenty of states in between.
For all of its similarities to the game played
in Europe or elsewhere, American Blackjack
can be quite a bit different.
The biggest rules difference between the US
and European games is the “no hole card”
rule.
In the United States, the dealer checks their
hole card for a blackjack before the players
make their decisions with their hands.
If the dealer has a blackjack, the players
don’t have an opportunity to act on their
hands, and can’t double down or split because
they’ve already lost or pushed their bets.
But in Europe, the dealer doesn’t check
the hole card until after the players act.
Another variation in the US is that at least
some American casinos offer the “surrender”
option, while NO European casinos do.
Doubling down can also vary, as plenty of
casinos in the United States will allow a
player to double down on any 2-card hand.
In Europe, this feature is limited to when
the player’s 2-card total is 9, 10 or 11.
When it comes to brick-and-mortar versions
of the game, Las Vegas has more varieties
of blackjack than anywhere else in the country.
You can find everything from single-deck to
8-deck, and plenty of other variations like
restriction-free doubling down and more.
However, keep in mind that any time the casino
implements a rule that’s beneficial to the
player, it’s very likely for another change
to exist that increases the house edge.
6-to-5 blackjack payouts have become common,
and even some even-money blackjack payouts.
These offer a significant advantage to the
house as opposed to the standard 3-to-2 payout
for a natural.
It’s almost never a good idea to give up
the 3-to-2 payout for any other rule variations.
Atlantic City is much more limited in its
variety, owing greatly to laws related to
counting cards.
While Las Vegas casinos are perfectly within
their legal rights to refuse a customer suspected
of counting cards, doing so in New Jersey
is effectively illegal.
So to counter legal and penalty-free card-counting,
you’ll mostly find 8-deck shoes and automatic
shufflers at blackjack tables in Atlantic
City, and no single-deck games whatsoever.
Since the passage of the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 that made
it unlawful to process transactions related
to so-called “illegal gambling”, some
states have taken to legalizing online gambling,
including Delaware and New Jersey.
You can find a state-by-state breakdown of
specific gambling rules as it relates to blackjack
on our website, GamblingSites.org.
There are 10 states where blackjack is specifically
outlawed, including Hawaii, Tennessee, Utah,
Vermont and Virginia, which have no casinos
of any kind.
We have plenty of additional videos and articles
for you to make sure you are the best blackjack
player you can be… including more within
the “Online Blackjack” section… so make
sure to check out GamblingSites.org for even
more on the game.

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