Split-second decisions. Doubling down, and doubling up. The adrenaline rush of the card flip, before you see that beautiful, beautiful twenty-one. That’s the unparalleled thrill of the El Cortez’s full pay 3-2 single and double deck Blackjack. And for the fifth consecutive year El Cortez was named Best Blackjack by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The object of the game is to reach 21 points or to reach a score higher than the dealer without exceeding 21.
The player or players are dealt an initial two-card hand and add together the value of their cards. Face cards (kings, queens, and jacks) are counted as ten points. A player and the dealer can count his or her own Ace as 1 point or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. After receiving their initial two cards, players have the option of getting a “hit”, or taking an additional card. In a given round, the player or the dealer wins by having a score of 21 or by having the highest score that is less than 21. Scoring higher than 21 (called “busting” or “going bust”) results in a loss. A player may win by having any final score equal to or less than 21 if the dealer busts. If a player holds an Ace valued as 11, the hand is called “soft”, meaning that the player cannot go bust by taking an additional card; otherwise, the hand is “hard”.
The dealer has to take hits until his or her cards total is hard 17. Players win if they do not bust and have a total that is higher than the dealer’s. The dealer loses if he or she busts or has a lesser hand than the player who has not busted. If the player and dealer have the same point total, this is called a “push”, and the player does not win or lose money on that hand.
Depending on the table, there are also certain bonus bets that can me made. Ask your dealer for explanations on these bonuses.