Atlantic City Blackjack made its debut back in 1976, the year that gambling in this town was legalised in order to try and revive it. Before then, the only place you could enjoy real money gambling was Las Vegas, and in order to draw some of that city’s clientele, the Atlantic City casinos decided to tweak Blackjack so that it offered players a little extra.
Thus, this hometown version of the famous casino game came into being, and this very exciting variation, also known as Hole Card Blackjack, has been steadily increasing in popularity ever since.
Atlantic City Blackjack earned its nickname, Hole Card Blackjack, thanks to the fact that the dealer is dealt two cards, one facing up, and the other facing down. The face-down card is known as the Hole Card, and the dealer will always be required to check this Hole Card if his face-up card is valued at ten points, as in the case of a ten, jack, queen, king or ace.
There are two chief differences between Atlantic City Blackjack and regular Blackjack:
One of the most important Atlantic City Blackjack rules for you to remember is that the dealer will always have to Stand when his or her hand is totalled at 17 or higher.
You will also be permitted to Double Down on any two of your cards, and can also do so after a split. If you are playing a large amount of hands you will be able to split as many as three times, but if you are dealt two ace cards you will only be able to split them with once only, and only one card will be dealt on top of that ace.