What are the unique rules for Single-Deck Blackjack?

Single-Deck Blackjack is a classic Blackjack game with traditional rules, available online for real-money play at regulated New Jersey online casinos. The side rules are as follows:

  • Blackjack pays out 3:2
  • Insurance pays 2:1
  • Dealer must stand on a soft 17
  • Player can only double down on a 9-11
  • Player may split only exact matching pairs, not just matching value
  • Player may only split each hand once
  • Split hands may not be doubled-down
  • Split Aces may be hit
  • Dealer follows European No-hole Card Rule, only one card dealt to Dealer initially
  • Surrender is not allowed

As the name indicates, the game is played with only one deck of cards shuffled after each hand. The game has typical stakes at the casinos that offer it, minimum bet is $1 and the maximum is $1,000.

What is the house edge on Single-Deck Blackjack?

Single-Deck Blackjack has the best return percentage of any online Blackjack game available from New Jersey real-money casinos, 99.87 percent with perfect play of basic strategy. This is extraordinarily high.

What advantages are there in Single-Deck Blackjack?

By far the biggest advantage is the lack of a multi-deck shoe. The side rules compensate for this with some tight restrictions on splitting and doubling, but these are then again mitigated by allowing the player to hit split Aces, which is not commonly permitted in New Jersey online casinos. This makes the game extremely advantageous for the player.

Where can I play Single-Deck Blackjack?

Single-Deck Blackjack is available for real money play at two New Jersey online sites, Virgin Casino and Tropicana Casino. At both sites this variant is eligible for the Community Jackpot promotion, making the game even more appealing for active players.

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How is the game software

The program is very average and typical, running on the same code as the other Virgin/Tropicana Blackjack games. There are no user customizable settings to speak of other than disabling the background sound, and the visuals are basic and plain. Simple shortcuts exist for re-betting chips, otherwise there is little to speak of about the software, but the game runs fast and smooth.

Learn more about NJ online Blackjack variants

These are all the versions of Blackjack available at NJ online casinos: