Blackjack Guide: No Hole Card Blackjack Games
Blackjack is quite a diverse game that can keep surprising you, especially if you travel and play on location. Blackjack is full of different variations. There is a new phenomenon to the American scene called No Hole Card, something that has been standard play in Europe and the Caribbean.
You can enjoy blackjack in a lot of different ways and due to lots of different reasons, one of them is because the game is so diverse and it can be easily subjected to rule modifications and changes which make it a thrilling and skill demanding game. A very good example of this is the no split but unlimited double down rule that is being adopted by a lot of European casinos.
This new rule does not allow you to split your hand into two hands but it allows you to double down your hand every time you get a new one. Another very good example for the bizarreness of the game is the No Hole Card rule.
What it is
This is a method used by casinos all around Europe and different Caribbean countries. It helps the house a lot by surprising card counters and it also slightly increases the edge of the casino regardless of the shoe size (the amount of card decks there are into play). The method is something that a lot of players find very strange– the dealer deals one card to him or herself first, and then they deal to all of the other players and then they deal their second card. There is even a variation of this No Hole Card method. The cards can either be face down or face up.
In the face down position, or even in the face-up option, if the dealer gets a blackjack and the player get a blackjack, the dealer wins be default. But the players are left with only half their bet. In the face up, there is no difference apart from the increased edge for the House. Even though many consider this to be negative, it is true that the overall outcome of the final hand is not affected by the No Hole Card method. It can be negative for a player who has a split and a double down situation because if the dealer completes a blackjack their bet is gone and they have to re-bet or leave the table.
It's hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don't let anyone tell you different. Think about what it's like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside.
Stu Unger, Three-time WSOP Champion