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836 Questions

What is the meaning of shoe in blackjack?

In blackjack the shoe is a box (about the size of an adult shoe) on a slight incline that the dealer draws the cards from while dealing the hands. It usually holds up to eight decks.


What are 2 aces in blackjack?

Two Aces totals 2 or 12

United States of America
United States

Which Reno casinos have blackjack switch?

Blackjack Switch is not dealt anywhere in Reno.


What does heads up mean in Blackjack?

The term means playing one on one against the dealer, no other players involved.


What does late surrender mean in Blackjack?

Late Surrender - This rule allows you to surrender your hand and give up the half of our bet on your first 2 cards after the dealer checks for a blackjack.


Can a blackjack dealer hit on 18?

No, they have to stay on 18.


What does LSR mean in Blackjack?

LSR in blackjack stands for "late surrender". If a blackjack table allows late surrendering, that means the player is allowed to give up half of his bet and keep half of his bet instead of playing out his hand. An example would be if you had a 16 versus a dealer's facecard showing. You are likely to lose the hand whether you hit or stand, so you might consider surrendering and getting half of your bet back. Unless you're counting cards, the only hands you should surrender are as follows: 16 versus dealer's 9, 10 or ace 15 versus dealer's 10 has lists of casinos where late surrendering is offered.

Las Vegas

Which Vegas casinos have swim-up blackjack?

The Tropicana Hotel was the first. Now Casinos Like the Hard Rock and many others have swim up Blackjack gaming areas in the pool. Only the Palms have the Floating Blackjack tables that you can get at

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What does high game scratch mean in bowling?

In bowling, 'scratch' means without the handicap added in. A scratch game is the actual score of the game, whereas a handicap game is the scratch game and the handicap added together. So 'high game scratch' would be the highest game a person in the league or tournament bowled without adding in the handicap. For example, someone with a 12 handicap bowls a 249. The 'scratch' score is 249, the handicap score is 261.

Card Games

How do you play the card game Blackjack?

up card

Salary and Pay Rates

How much do poker dealers make?

Full time poker dealers make between 40-50k per year total. No poker dealer works a full 40 hour week and they get paid minimum wage plus tips. A really good night is $200 in tips.

I have been dealing poker for 6 months now, and in 6 months i made about $30k. So i am not sure where the person above got the 40-50k a year total. I should only increase what i make in the next 6 months because I am a much better dealer now. This was my first poker dealing job, so i was pretty slow the first few months. So i should easily make 60k for the year. A really good night is 275-to well over 300 a night in tips (plus we make $5/ hr from the casino). A bad night would be 150 at the very least per night( 8 hour shift). On average you can take home 220 per night easily(8 hour shift). Also if you are a female you will be making more from my experience. My female coworkers almost always make more per night in tips than the men .

It all depends on how good your mechanics are and how smooth you run your table. Also i average about 65 to 70 hours per paycheck(biweekly). I only deal about 5 hours per shift, with about 3 hours of breaks. Oh and i work Grave, which makes the least amount of money at my casino. All in all it is a great job, not many jobs can you make $60K/yr only being at work an average of 34 hours per week and only actually working(dealing) 20 hours per week. -Updated Jan. 2011.

For the above answers, it would be helpful if you would date your answers so that people can use that as a reference. I have been hearing from different dealers (not saying where to protect the casino and the dealers) and they are working FT 40+ hrs making at least $200 a night. What shift you work takes effect into how much money you make as well as working weekends/holidays/etc. You also have to take into effect the knowledge of the game, experience, speed, control of the table, and personality* of the dealer. Even at $200 a day/night, and they were all "slow" days/nights, at 5 days/nights a week, that still is $52k a year. Most dealers from what I have been hearing, and the casino I had gone to, were taking home paychecks (after taxes*) that averaged around $2000-$2400 biweekly. Which was roughly $1000 more than the other dealers that shared tips at the table games (blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, etc.) These dealers I have been hearing from have been dealing for less than a year. I only assume that they will become stronger dealers over time which may increase their pay overall. I hope that all of this will help you solve questions you may have had.

November 2010


What is it like working as a blackjack dealer?

Personally, I found it to be the best job I've had so far. It requires constant awareness and vigilance, but it is a lot of fun. I mean, you get to play cards for a living! It requires a thick skin though, as you will have a lot of angry players.

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How many casinos are there in the US?



What percent of blackjack players win?

21% :)

Las Vegas

Is counting cards illegal in Las Vegas?

No, you can't criminalize a thought process.

True, it is not illegal, but it's really treated like it is.

No, but you can't use any electronic devices or paper or anything to help and don't move your lips when you try to remember because then you'll most likely get kicked out.

Further although card counting, or counting cards, is just play the game extremely well. and this means more winnings for you and less profit for the casino. hence why when you are caught the casino asks you to leave. unfortunately you can't just walk in to the next casino, as they all use face recognition software to advise them of people already caught card counting. but good luck with your exploits!

yes i do agree from zanerr


If a blackjack dealer have under 17 does he have to hit?



In blackjack what is the probability of being dealt three sevens?

The odds of being dealt three suited sevens in a six-deck game are approximately 63,000 to 1. [Source: Arnold Snyder, "The Big Book of Blackjack" p205]

The odds of being dealt three sevens (not suited) is somewhat worse than 500 to 1 (considering that casinos frequently offer the payout of 500 to 1 for players receiving three unsuited 7s in the "Super Sevens" side bet).


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In Blackjack what does it mean if the dealer must hit on a soft 17?

Soft 17Indicates that an ace is involved: A 7 and any card worth 10 would be a "hard" 17, and a Ace and a 6 would be a "soft" 17. It is considered soft due to the fact that the Ace can be counted as a 1 or an 11. A "soft" hand is a hand you can hit and get a 10 and still have the same hand; an Ace is ALWAYS involved.

To answer your question, if the dealer must hit a soft 17 this means that if the dealer has an Ace, 6 hand they must take another card and can not stand on the 17.

It is important to note that Dealer's Hitting of the "Soft 17" is very advantageous to the house. Such games should be avoided where that is an option.

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How can you find free games on net which a family could play?

If for a game consol then no, but if you're talking about online games then yes, like runescape.


What does DAS mean in blackjack?

double after split.


What does a blackjack dealer in Oklahoma make?

It depends on the casino and it's location. The one I work at, I make minimum wage plus tips. The least I've made is around $18 an hour, usually weekdays. The most I've made is around $30 an hour, usually holidays and weekend events.

Salary and Pay Rates

How much does a table games dealer at a typical casino make?

This is a tough one. There are many different salaries for table game employees, and I am not including Poker Dealers in this because they go for their own tokes. Your average hourly rate is somewhere in the realm of 6 to 7 dollars an hour. However, you are not working for an Hourly salary, you are working for Tokes. Try looking at the Toke page at

Las Vegas strip Dealers make 35,000 to 98,000 per year

Off Strip station and Coast average around 38 thousand per year.

High end Off strip do around 60,000 per year.

There are various casinos that let you go for your own tokes in California and other states that dealers pull up to 120,000 per year or more. This depends on the dealer.

Rule of thumb. The higher the clientelle (high rollers, whales etc) the higher the tokes. This results in high wages for casino dealers.

As a dealer in one of the local casinos in Vegas, I can confirm the above mentioned information. Wages are mostly at the stae minimum ($7.55 for NV as of 7/1/09) but this could be a little lower if you also receive health insurance. The better paying gigs are in the top casinos on the Strip (Wynn, Venetian, Bellagio, Hard Rock), but very few hire experienced dealers fulltime for the moment. Only extra board shifts are rarely available. As a novice dealer out of a gaming school, you will start in a low-paying job in a very insignificant casino, but get your experience in for 6 months and try to move up. Try also to learn craps, as there seems to be a constant shortage of experience dice dealers, but DO NOT bluff your way into a job as your inexperience will be noticed within minutes by any good floor.


How many decks of cards are used for blackjack in casinos?



What is the probability of being dealt three sevens twice in a game of blackjack?

It depends on the number of decks that are being used. If it is a single deck game, it's impossible without shuffling the deck. In a multi-deck game like 8 decks, it's not all that unusual. You figure you have (32) sevens in an 8 deck shoe. There are a total of 416 cards. That would be 6 out of 32 out of 416.

If you had a shoe that was not shuffled properly after a round of play, it would be much easier to have this happen. It would also be very easy to happen if the cards were fresh because they come in order. Any time you see cards in blackjack coming out in multiples, it means the deck was not shuffled properly. These "clumps" are advantageous for the casino, and not advantageous for the player.


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