The Grown-up Game of 21 or Under

Red Lion Hotel & Casino is pleased to offer Casino Blackjack, an exciting card game in which the object is to draw cards totaling 21 or come closer to 21 than the dealer's cards.

Now featuring Single Deck and Double Deck games! Plus try your luck on our $3 Blackjack table!!!

Here's a quick primer on how to play the game so you can enjoy it when you visit our casino in Elko, Nevada.

How to Play: In Blackjack, all cards count at face value except the King, Queen, and Jack which each count as 10 and the Ace which counts as either 1 or 11 - your choice. The dealer starts the game. Each player receives two cards dealt face down. The dealer gets two cards, but one card is face up (the up card) and one face down (the hole card). If the dealer's up card has a value of ten, the dealer will check immediately to see if their hand is a Blackjack.

Once you have your two cards in front of you, you can choose to "stand" (draw no more cards), or take a "hit" (draw one or more cards) until you reach 21 or come as close as possible. However, if you go over 21 you "break" and lose that hand. A winning hand pays even money.

The dealer then turns over the hole card and acts on the hand according to the rules of the game. The dealer must hit on soft 17 (a combination of cards involving an ace which may be counted as either 7 or 17). At the end of the hand, if your total is the same as the dealer's, it is a "push" (a tie). If your total is closer to 21 than the dealer's, you win! If your first two cards are a ten value card and an ace, you've been dealt a Blackjack! Turn this hand face up right away. Blackjack pays 3 to 2. If the dealer's hand also is Blackjack, it is a push.

Splitting Pairs: If your first two cards are a pair with the same numerical value, you may split them into two hands. You must wager the same amount as your original bet on each hand formed by splitting pairs. You must complete play on your first hand of the split before playing subsequent hands. If you're splitting aces, you will receive only one card on each ace and cannot be split again. With the exception of aces, pairs or cards with the same numerical value may be split to form up to 4 hands. To do this, turn your cards face up and separate them slightly.

Doubling Down: After receiving your first two cards, you may make an additional wager up to the amount of your original bet. In turn, you will receive one additional card, face down. To do this, turn your original cards face up and then place your additional bet. Insurance: If the Dealer's face up card is an - ace, you may take insurance. To do this, place a bet of no more than one-half your original bet on the insurance line. If the Dealer's hole card is a 10 value card, you win your insurance bet. Insurance bets are paid 2 to 1. If the Dealer's hole card is any other card, you lose your insurance bet. The Dealer collects all losing insurance wagers before continuing the hand.

Signals: To indicate that you want another hit card pick up your hand and "scratch" it on the layout behind your bet. To indicate that you don't want any more cards, "tuck" your original cards face down under you bet. Do not touch your money to do this.