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Rivers Casino Blackjack

Des Plaines Casino Blackjack -  Rivers Casino

Des Plaines Casino blackjack is the number 1 table game at Rivers Casino. The Des Plaines Casino has 15 blackjack tables. In the high roller room, limits on Blackjack without prior approval are $20,000, and $50,000 on blackjack for approved players.

High-limit games are hand shuffled, others machine shuffled. Machine shuffled means you play more hands per minute.

Out on the main floor, Des Plaines Casino blackjack limits are closer to $10, but tables can go higher ($25) based on the action.

Another big difference is that on the Rivers Casino main floor, blackjack dealers are required to hit soft 17 — 17s in which Aces are counted as 11, such as Ace-6 or Ace-2-4. In the high-limit room, dealers stand on all 17s, a rule that trims the house edge. If you’re planning to play $25 a hand on up, you’re better off in the high-limit room.

Des Plaines Casino Blackjack Game Rules

The object of Blackjack is to draw cards that will come closer than the dealer to 21, but not exceed 21. The game begins with the player making a wager in the area designated on the table. Each player receives two cards and the dealer receives two cards, one card face down and the other.

Des Plaines Casino Blackjack Table Games – Scoring

Cards are counted at their face value. All face cards count as 10. Aces count as either 1 or 11. A blackjack is a total of 21 on the original two cards. Blackjack pays one and a half times the bet. A blackjack cannot lose; it will tie (push) if the dealer has a blackjack.

When dealt any other two-card combination, the player can stand or, when it’s one’s turn, signal the dealer for a hit. If the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, the player wins. If the dealer’s hand is closer to 21 than the player’s, the house wins. In the event of a tie, neither hand wins nor loses; it is a push.

Splitting Pairs

When the first two cards received are of the same value, the player has the option of SPLITTING them to form two separate hands. Pairs may be split up to three times for a total of four hands. The wager on each hand must equal the original wager. Each hand may be hit as many times as desired. When splitting Aces, each ace may receive one card only. Aces may be split only once.

Double Down

Players have the option of increasing their wager by DOUBLING DOWN after the first two cards are received. The DOUBLE DOWN wager may be an amount up to the amount of the original wager. The hand will then receive one additional card only. A player may DOUBLE DOWN after a split, but may not DOUBLE DOWN after splitting Aces of after receiving a blackjack.


When the dealer’s up card is an Ace, the player may make an additional wager known as INSURANCE. INSURANCE protects the player’s hand against the possibility of the dealer having a blackjack. At the dealer’s prompt, one may wager up to half of the original wager. The player is betting that the dealer’s hole card has a value of 10. If the hole card has a value of 10, the INSURANCE wager is paid 2 to 1. If the hole card is not a value of 10 the INSURANCE wager loses.

Remember: the INSURANCE wager is completely separate from the original wager. The game continues as normal after INSURANCE activity is settled.

Lucky Lucky

One blackjack side wager allowed at Rivers Casino is Lucky Lucky. This side wager is based on the player’s first two cards and the dealers up card. Any three card 19 or higher wins according to the posted pay table.

Blackjack Pay Table
Suited 777 200 to 1
Suited 678 100 to 1
777 50 to 1
678 30 to 1
Suited 21 15 to 1
21 Total 3 to 1
20 Total 2 to 1
19 Total 2 to 1