Like many other states around the country, you cannot play blackjack in every room that has gambling. There are approximately 100 casinos and card rooms around the state of Washington. Some casinos offer slot machines, table games, bingo, horse racing, and other gambling activities but no blackjack. Card rooms only have blackjack and other table games.
Washington state has very fair blackjack rules. Let’s take a look at the some of the specific rules for casinos and card rooms in Washington state:
- Natural blackjack may pay 3-to-2
- Dealer must hit on Soft 17
- Player may double down but casino may limit to only doubling on certain hands (i.e. only double on 10 or 11)
- Player may double after splitting a pair
- Casinos have the right not to offer Surrender
You can see the entire list of rules for blackjack in Washington here.
Casinos and Card Rooms Dealing Blackjack in Washington
Washington has approximately a hundred casinos and card rooms around the state. While every casino and room offer some form of gambling, they may not offer blackjack. Below is a list of the casinos and card rooms that deal blackjack in Washington.
- 7 Cedars Resort
- 12 Tribes
- 12 Tribes – Mill Bay
- Angel of The Winds
- All Star Bowling and Casino
- Atomic Bowl
- Black Pearl
- Casino Caribbean – Kirkland
- Casino Caribbean – Macau
- Casino Caribbean – Yakima
- Club Hollywood
- Coyote Bob’s
- Crazy Moose – Mountlake Terrace
- Crazy Moose – Pasco
- Emerald Downs
- Emerald Queen
- Freddie’s Casino
- Goldie’s Casino
- Great American Casino – Everett
- Great American Casino – Lakewood
- Great American Casino – Tukwila
- Hawk’s Prairie Casino
- Iron Horse
- Lilac Lanes
- Little Creek
- Lucky 21
- Lucky Eagle
- Nobhill Casino
- Northern Quest
- Palace Casino
- The Point
- Quil Ceda Casino
- Royal Casino – Everett
- Silver Dollar – Mill Creek
- Silver Dollar – Renton
- Silver Dollar – Seatac
- Silver Reef
- Slo Pitch
- Two Rivers
- UBet Casino
- Wild Goose
Table Games Revenue in Washington
The Washington State Gambling Commission features annual reports for gambling revenue. The reports aren’t broken out by the game since there’s a broad mixture. The most recent report from 2016 offers the following gambling revenue information:
Card Room: $247,821,957
Horse Racing: $21,793,694
Tribal Casino: $2,317,895,000
Punch Board and Pull-Tab: $68,710,358
According to the commission, the Tribal Casino revenue is a net receipt and estimated from Class III gaming. Revenue can include TLS machines, table games, Off-Track Betting, Keno and Class III poker. It does not include bingo, bingo machines, pull-tabs, or class II poker from card rooms.
Visit the Washington State Gambling Commission for more information on gambling in Washington.
History of Blackjack in Washington
Card rooms have been legal in Washington since 1974. Casino gambling has been legal since 1998 when the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) legalized tribal gaming operations. Even though gambling is a thriving industry in the state, there aren’t any commercial casinos.
All Washington casinos offer blackjack, craps, roulette, slots, video poker and pull tabs. Other table games such as baccarat, 3 card poker, and pai gow poker are optional. Casinos in Washington may also offer keno, Off Track Betting (OTB) and bingo.
Washington card rooms may have up to 15 tables and offer blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, and some other table games. They may not offer baccarat, roulette, or craps. Card rooms aren’t allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
The good news for blackjack players in Washington is that they can play the game in intimate card rooms or large Indian casinos.