Vegas Downtown Blackjack Single Hand (Microgaming) Rules & Strategy Card - How To Play

Preview Vegas Downtown Blackjack Blackjack is a popular game of skill and chance between a player and the Dealer. Microgaming casinos offer 4 Vegas Downtown Blackjack versions, including this single hand game that played with two standard decks of 52 cards that are shuffled before each game. You can also play the new game with the same rules in Gold Series or play multi-hand versions.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack is an American hole card game. The Dealer checks for a Blackjack when he is dealt a 10 or an Ace. If the Dealer has a Blackjack, you lose and the game is over. If you win with a Blackjack you are paid out at odds of 3:2 on your original bet.

How to play Vegas Downtown Blackjack

The object of Blackjack is to beat the Dealer by either obtaining the highest possible hand without exceeding 21, or by the Dealer's hand going bust. In this version of Blackjack (Vegas Downtown), you can only bet one hand at a time. All face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) have a value of ten (10) and the Aces can have a value of one or eleven. The Dealer is dealt 2 cards, one face-down and one face-up. And 2 cards for the player. Please refer to our basic blackjack rules to learn more about general terms and game rules.

General Vegas Downtown Rules in Brief:
  • 2 card decks
  • Dealer stands on soft 17
  • You may double after a split
  • You may double on any first 2 cards
  • Split 3 times to 4 hands
  • Split Aces only once
  • Dealer peeks for blackjack
  • One bet position

Splitting Rules
You can Split 2 cards that have the same value, such as a King and a Ten, or two Sevens. Your hand is divided into 2 separate hands and a bet equal to your original bet is placed on the second hand. If you Split a pair of Aces and then draw a card with a value of 10, this is not considered as Blackjack, just a hand with a value of 21. You can Split up to 3 times per game, equaling 4 hands. If you Split Aces, each Ace is dealt one card, and the hands automatically Stand.

Double Down Rules
Players can Double Down after receiving your first 2 cards or after a Split. The Double Down bet is equal to your original bet.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack Strategy Card

Insurance is available but is not recommended in Vegas Downtown BJ. The following strategy will help you keeping house edge at 0.40%. With card counting you can slightly increase your performance even more.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack strategy card

The Vegas Strip blackjack strategy is created through computer simulations which perform a complete combinatorial analysis. The computer plays (generates) thousands of hands for each Blackjack situation possible and statistically determines which action (Hitting, Splitting, Doubling Down or Standing) best favours the player.

Today Microgaming powered online casinos offer Bonus Blackjack version which is the same as Vegas Downtown blackjack game but have an optional side bet that pays up to 50:1. However, the house edge for this side bet is rather high - about 6.5%.

Today Microgaming casinos offers over 25 different single and multi-hand versions of Blackjack including: Vegas Strip, Vegas Downtown, Atlantic City Blackjack, European, Spanish, Multi-Hand, Double Exposure and Triple Sevens blackjack games (see the complete list on the left bar menu).

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