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Blackjack is the most popular table game in the casino. Rivers Casino has over 30 Blackjack tables, the most Blackjack tables in Chicagoland!



The object of Blackjack, the most popular game in the casino, is to draw cards that will come closer than the dealer to 21, but not exceed 21. The game begins with the player making a wager in the area designated on the table. Each player receives two cards and the dealer receives two cards, one card face down and the other card face up.

Cards are counted at their face value. All face cards count as 10. Aces count as either 1 or 11. A Blackjack is a total of 21 on the original two cards. Blackjack pays one and a half times the bet. A Blackjack cannot lose; it will tie (push) if the dealer has a Blackjack.

When dealt any other two-card combination, the player can stand (refuse additional cards) or, when it’s one’s turn, signal the dealer for a hit (receive additional cards). If the player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, the player wins. If the dealer’s hand is closer to 21 than the player’s, the house wins. In the event of a tie, neither hand wins nor loses; it is a push.


Splitting Pairs

When the first two cards received are of the same value, the player has the option of SPLITTING them to form two separate hands. Pairs may be split up to three times for a total of four hands. The wager on each hand must equal the original wager. Each hand may be hit as many times as desired. When splitting Aces, each Ace may receive one card only. Aces may be split only once.

Double Down

Players have the option of increasing their wager by DOUBLING DOWN after the first two cards are received. The DOUBLE DOWN wager may be an amount up to the amount of the original wager. The hand will then receive one additional card only. A player may DOUBLE DOWN after a split, but may not DOUBLE DOWN after splitting Aces or after receiving a Blackjack.


When the dealer’s up card is an Ace, the player may make an additional wager known as INSURANCE. INSURANCE protects the player’s hand against the possibility of the dealer having a Blackjack. At the dealer’s prompt, one may wager up to half of the original wager. The player is betting that the dealer’s hole card has a value of 10. If the hole card has a value of 10, the INSURANCE wager is paid 2 to 1. If the hole card is not a value of 10 the INSURANCE wager loses. Remember the INSURANCE wager is completely separate from the original wager. The game continues as normal after INSURANCE activity is settled.


21+3 Side Wager

This side wager requires a standard Blackjack bet and is paid 9 to 1 when the player’s first two cards and the dealer’s up card make one of the following 3-card hands:

  • Straight Flush
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush

Top 3 Side Wager

This wager requires a standard Blackjack wager and the 21+3 Side Wager. The Top 3 wager is based on a three card hand using the dealer’s one up card and the player’s two initial cards.

Pay Table

  • Three of a Kind Suited: 270 to 1
  • Straight Flush: 180 to 1
  • Three of a Kind: 90 to 1

Blazing 7's Progressive

To begin each round, make a standard Blackjack bet and the Blazing 7’s Progressive $5 bet. The dealer then follows the house procedures for Blackjack. The player wins if at least one of the player’s first two cards are a 7. The player wins more if both of the player’s first two cards are 7s. The payouts increase further if the dealer’s up card is the third 7.

Player's Hand

  • *3 Suited 7s: 100%
  • *3 Same Color 7s: 10%
  • Three 7s: 200 for 1
  • First Two Cards: 25 for 1
  • First Two Cards - One 7: 2 for 1

*Percentage of the posted jackpot meter

21+3 is a Galaxy Gaming Registered Trademark. Top3 is a Galaxy Gaming Registered Trademark. Blazing 777 Progressive Jackpot is a trademark of Bally Gaming, Inc. and is used with permission.

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