PLAYING CONDITIONS IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN CASINOS
by Michele Guzzinati
Michele Guzzinati is a skilled blackjack player and BJI subscriber who lives in Italy. She has visited and played in several European casinos and reports on their playing conditions as a guide for BJI readers.
Note: Standard International Blackjack Rules mentioned in this report include: blackjack pays 3:2, insurance pays 2:1, dealer stands on soft 17, double down on any two cards, double down after splitting, split up to two times (when you split aces you get only one card and if it is a ten it is considered 21, not blackjack), no surrender, "Even Money" is offered, No-Hole Card rule, and a six-deck game.
In European casinos, you may usually bet from 10 or 20 euros up to a maximum of 500 euros. In non-Euro countries, you may bet from 50 up to 2500 SEK in Sweden; from 500 up to 2,000,000 HUF in Hungary; and from 5 up to 250 £ in England.
Casino Cà Vendramin (Venice)
Three blackjack tables, all equipped with Continuous Shuffling Machines (CSM). Standard international rules: six deck shoes, dealer stands on soft 17, blackjack pays 3:2, insurance pays 2:1, double on any two cards, double after splitting, split up to two times. Customers have to pay an entry fee of 10 euros (ca. $11 US) and they are given a coin to spend at the slot machines or at the tables. Men are required to wear a jacket. Built in 1638, it is considered the most ancient casino in the world (however, I don't know if this is true).
Casino Cà Noghera (Venice)
Five or six blackjack tables, one without CSM. The playing conditions are the same of the other Venice casino. No jacket required. On some occasions, one or two tables are opened to their best customers, who can bet from 50 to 200 euros ($56 to $226 US)
Casino Campione (Campione d'Italia)
Locate in Switzerland, but under the state of Italy. They have three blackjack tables, all without CSM, standard international rules. Free entry.
Editor's Note: This was the very first International casino I visited to play blackjack...
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