- 1800 Golden Acorn Way | Campo, Ca. 91906
Blackjack Tables at Golden Acorn Casino
Looking for a game of blackjack near San Diego? Good news: Golden Acorn's Blackjack tables are open for much of the day and night. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it takes only a little know-how and strategy to become successful. In fact, the game is pretty simple to learn yet nuanced enough for anyone to have fun.
The Basic Aim
Regardless of which Blackjack variation you play, the aim remains the same: to beat the dealer's hand by getting closer to 21 than he or she does without going over 21 (also called busting).
Aces are either one point or 11 points, and you get to decide which value makes the most sense for your hand. Kings, queens and jacks are worth 10 points, and cards numbered two through 10 receive the value of their number. So, if you have a king and an eight, you have 18 points. If you have an ace and an eight, you have a “soft” nine and a “soft” 19 points (soft because the value changes depending on if you want the ace to be one or 11 points).
Dealers distribute two cards to all players, and one of their own cards is face down while the other is face up. When it is your turn, you can opt to “hit” to receive another card. Alternatively, you may opt to “stand” and receive no more cards. You can also decide to double down or split. Splitting is when your first two cards are a pair and you play each as individual hands. Doubling down is when you opt to receive only one more card and double your bet.
If there are multiple players at your table, each of you goes up only against the dealer.
The best general strategy is to “hit” until you reach 17. In fact, dealers at blackjack casinos usually must follow that guideline for themselves each and every time.
That said, blackjack players have an advantage because they are not bound by the same rules the casino imposes on dealers, and players can opt for moves such as splitting or doubling down while dealers cannot. For strategies on when to split, this link is helpful. For doubling down, read this. It's even possible you could double down or split with the same hand. This chart helps you determine which would be more advantageous.
If you and the dealer tie, you get your bet money back.