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How to Play Blackjack

First, two cards are dealt to each player and the dealer. The player's cards are dealt face up; one of the dealer's cards is also dealt face up and the other, face down.

The object of the game is to draw cards to a total of 21 or closer to 21 than the dealer. The Ten, Jack, Queen and King count as ten points each; other cards count at face value — Aces can count as one or eleven points.

An Ace with any Ten, Jack, Queen or King, is a "Blackjack." It is paid at one and one-half times the amount wagered, unless the dealer also has a Blackjack, in which case it is a "stand-off" or "push" — neither the dealer nor the player win.

If you do not have a Blackjack, you may indicate to the dealer to "hit" you, by scratching or tapping the table. This means to give you another card.
  • You may draw as many cards as you like (one at a time) to improve your hand, but if you go over 21, you have "busted" and, consequently, lose your wager. If you do not want a "hit" (you have drawn as many cards as you desire), then you may indicate to the dealer you would like to "stand" by waving your hand.
  • You may "double down" (double your original wager) to receive one card on any two original cards dealt. You may "split" any two cards with the same face value by making a wager equal to the original wager. You may "double down" after "splitting."
  • You may split cards up to four times except for Aces, which can only receive one card each. You can double down after splitting aces.

Blackjack Rules

  • Must be 19 years or older to play Blackjack.
  • Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
  • Tie hands are considered a "push" — nobody wins.
  • The dealer must hit Soft 17.
  • Hand signals may be used to indicate if a player wants to draw an additional card or stand.
  • Players may "double down" on any two cards.
  • "Splitting" can be done 3 times to create 4 hands — excluding Aces, which can be split once receiving one card each. You can double down after splitting Aces.
  • The House accepts no responsibility for chips or cash left on the gaming tables.
  • Players are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
  • Table limits are posted on all games.
  • No cellular phones to be used at the table games.
  • Even money is available if the player has a Blackjack and the dealer has an Ace up.
  • No surrender.
  • No Piggybacking.
  • Odawa Casino Resort reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Decisions by management are final on all games.


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