Playing blackjack in the United States is readily available in many jurisdictions including Las Vegas Nevada, California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Washington, Maryland and more!
Online blackjack in the United states is a much different story. There are only two states that offer legal online blackjack: New Jersey and Delaware. Pennsylvania will launch the game in 2019.
There are a few states that are looking to legalize the activity online including West Virginia, Michigan and Massachusetts. While other states have looking into it and lawmakers have introduced bills, your best bet is to go to a casino and play live blackjack (since it’s likely years away).
Questions About Playing Blackjack Online in the USA
The topic of gambling online stirs up a lot of confusion, thus a lot of questions. We receive emails regularly from players wanting to know if it’s legal to play blackjack online, where they should play, what deposit options to use and a whole lot more. Instead of replying to each person individually, and repeating ourselves over and over again, we thought it’d be helpful to everyone to post those questions and answers here.
Can You Play Blackjack Legally in the United States?
At this time, there are three states with legal online casino games: New Jersey and Delaware. Nevada offers online poker. Online and mobile sports betting is legal in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia.
Are Online Blackjack Casinos Safe?
Yes, where it’s legally regulated (New Jersey and Delaware) it’s as safe as it would be to walk into a brick and mortar casino.
To anticipate another question, let me tell you what makes up a safe casino and how to find one.
I Am Not in a State with Legal Online Gambling, How Can I Play Online Blackjack?
Are There Any Risks to Playing real money Blackjack Online?
Absolutely. You have your general risks that come with gambling, and then there are additional risks that come with gambling online. Here are some to give you an idea of what I mean:
- You can become addicted to gambling.
- You can (or will) lose money.
- If you gamble illegally it’s possible that you’re arrested and charged with a crime. This can be a misdemeanor or a felony.
- Not everyone agrees with gambling. You could very well alienate people you know.
The biggest risk — or most common — is losing money in one way or another. But if you set boundaries for yourself and choose a good casino, then your risks should be kept to a minimum.
Why Can’t I Play at Bet365 or 888?
888 Casino is now available in the United States in New Jersey and Delaware. In Delaware, it uses the racino brands of Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
Bet365.com Casino doesn’t operate in the USA. After the UIGEA bill went into affect those sites pulled out of the US market in fear of punishment and backlash from the Department of Justice, and more importantly, their shareholders. So they played it safe, pulled out and decided to just service Canadian and European players, and surrounding markets.
Other sites that aren’t in the US decided it was not worth the risk.
Can I get a deposit bonus playing online blackjack?
Yes. Most online casinos allow blackjack to qualify for bonuses. However, the wager requirement will often be much higher than other games. It may take wagering 100 to 500 times the bonus to clear a bonus at online blackjack.
What are standard online blackjack rules?
There is no regulatory set of blackjack rules in most jurisdictions. However, online blackjack games typically pay 3:2 on a natural. Double down before and after splitting is common. Many online casinos allow surrender. Re-split aces is not allowed at most online blackjack games. The dealer hitting or standing on soft 17 is an even split.
What is the difference between hitting and standing on soft 17?
Most blackjack tables hit soft 17, while some, especially higher limit ones, stand on it. A soft 17 is a hand that includes an ace where the other cards equal six, Examples are an ace and a six or an ace with a two and a four. A game that hits soft 17 has a 0.22% house edge higher than one that stands on all 17’s. As a player, you should never stand on soft 17. Either hit or double down on it, depending on the dealer’s door card.
What is European Blackjack?
European Blackjack is offered by some online casinos in the US. does not deal the dealer’s hole card until after players act. This means that a player that doubles down or splits against an ace or a face card runs the risk of the dealer making a blackjack and taking both bets. This adds 0.11% to the house edge and changes some split and double down strategies.
Where is the best blackjack game in Las Vegas?
The best blackjack game in Las Vegas is spread at M Resort south of the Las Vegas Strip. It is a double deck game that pays 3:2. Double down before and after splitting is permitted, as well as surrender. The minimum bet is $50.
Are there any 3:2 single deck blackjack games left in the US?
Yes. El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas pays 3:2 on a blackjack in its single deck game. It allows double down on any two cards. The minimum bet is $5. Silverton, just south of the Las Vegas Strip, has a 3:2 single deck blackjack game for $10 where double down is allowed on 10 and 11. Saloon 10 in Deadwood, South Dakota has the same rules as Silverton with a $5 minimum bet. The dealer hits soft 17 in all these games.
Does online blackjack shuffle after every hand?
Yes. The deck is dumped and reshuffled after each and every online blackjack hand.
Is it possible to count at online blackjack?
Online blackjack games reshuffle after every hand so it is impossible to count cards.