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Atlantic City Rules

The rules governing play in Atlantic City casinos have been set by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and should be fairly standard for all future casinos operating in Atlantic City.

All games are played with multiple decks, either with six or eight decks dealt from a shoe. Occasionally, for special games for high rollers, the casino might put in a four-deck games, but this is rare. The general rule is that the smaller the games limit, the more decks used. Thus, with a $3, $5, or
$10 table, eight decks are used. For a $25 minimum bet table (or higher limits) a six-deck games will be in operation.

At the $3, $5, or $10 tables the maximum bet is usually $500. At the $25 or $100 tables the maximum bet is usually $5,000. Sometimes higher limits will be allowed by previous arrangement with the shift boss, with the limits pushed up to $10,000 per hand and sometimes even higher, but this depends on the particular casino and the player involved.
A dealer must, stand on all 17s. This rule benefits the player.

If a player's first two cards have the same (equal) numerical value, such as 8s or 10-value cards, he may split them at his option and play out each hand separately. If a player gets another identical card, he may not resplit his hand. For example, if he were dealt two 8s and were to split them and receive another 8 as his next card, he would have to play out the first hand with two 8s, for a total of 16. Let's see how this works:

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A player who leans forward and appears intensely interested in a hand is usually trying to look stronger than he is; a player who bets and then stares at you is doing the same thing.

A player who acts detached from the hand by looking away from the game or having a side conversation is very strong and wants to appear non-threatening; the same applies to a player who bets at you and acts like he doesn't care if you call or not.

A player who was on a draw and appears to think for an excessive amount of time made his hand and wants you to believe he is doubtful about betting. If he checks to you, expect a check-raise if you bet.

A player who mumbles about how bad his hand is or how uncomfortable a bet or raise made him feel-especially at the beginning of a hand-is actually feeling pretty good.
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