April 18th, 2009 - 10:18pm PST
Playing Blackjack at the MGM Grand Casino in Macau
The 35-story, glass MGM Grand Macau stretches majestically into the waterfront skyline of Macau. Its oranate strcture offering grand reflections of the South China Sea. This 600 room hotel is a casino style resort which offers any and all foreseeable amenities that include nine eateries, a full service, 25,000 square-foot spa, a 1,500-seat performance center, a 5,000 plus square foot night club, a magnificent ballroom as well as a split-level, 222,000 square foot casino that offers 1,000 slot machines and 300 gaming tables.
There is no cover charge to enter the American owned casino, but a passport is required. This requirement is standard across the board for all casinos in Macau. There is also a dress code; no shorts are and no photographs can be taken at any time.
If playing blackjack is your desire, then the Grand Macau Casino is well worth a visit.
Most of the casinos in Macau operate under the rules set forth by the Society of Games of Macau. The acronym SJM is the title by which they are known and the SJM rules for blackjack are as follows;
There is always a continuous shuffler.
The Dealer is issued 5 decks.
The Dealer is required to stand on soft 17.
The Dealer does not take a hole card.
If a Dealer hits blackjack, the Player automatically loses their entire bet, including any additional bets from doubling and or splitting.
A Player may only double on an 11.
A Player that gets 3 7s in his initial draw will immediately be paid 3 to 1. This becomes void if splitting is involved.
Doubling after a split is allowed.
A player is allowed to invoke an “early Surrender”, prior to a dealer checking for blackjack and return any initial two cards, except after a deal ace.
Splitting of Aces is not allowed.
The house edge under these rules is 0.89%. It is this high mainly due to being allowed to double only on 11. Following is the basic strategy under these rules. Note that the 777 bonus does not change the strategy for splitting sevens.
Under these rules the house carries a 0.89% edge