Maryland Blackjack Survey

Maryland blackjack rules vary greatly. Some tables pay 6:5, but most have a 3:2 payout. Some high-limit Maryland blackjack games stand on all 17’s, though most hit soft 17. There are rule changes such as surrender and re-splitting aces that also affect the player’s expected return at a given blackjack game.

We visited all six Maryland casinos. The list below shows what we found in terms of minimum bets and rules, just as we do in our Las Vegas Blackjack Survey.

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There are three blackjack variants dealt at Maryland casinos. Spanish 21 is available at Hollywood Casino Perryville and Live! Casino & Hotel. Players Edge 21, a game that is like Spanish 21, is dealt at Ocean Downs. 

Pontoon is offered at MGM National Harbor. It is the only casino in the region with that game. 

This section only covers blackjack. Our Maryland Table Games Survey lists the other pit games.

All Maryland blackjack games

This section is broken into two parts. The first is the minimum bet, with all the available games listed below that. The second section covers all blackjack by property at each of Maryland’s six casinos. Most Maryland blackjack tables use six or eight decks. Rocky Gap Resort is the exception, where you can find a double-deck game.

These are the minimum bets that we found on weekend afternoons. This is probably a good standard as an average minimum bet for these games. You may find lower minimums during the week, especially during daylight hours, and also on some weeknights. Weekend nights may be higher. All games hit soft 17 and permit a double-down before and after splitting, unless otherwise noted in the description. 

$10 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • Ocean Downs: 3:2, six decks, surrender
  • Ocean Downs: Players Edge 21, six decks
  • Rocky Gap: 3:2, surrender, continuous-shuffle machine
  • Horseshoe: 6:5, continuous-shuffle machine

$15 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • Hollywood Casino Perryville: 3:2, eight decks, surrender
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville: Spanish 21, six decks
  • Live!: 6:5, continuous-shuffle machine
  • MGM National Harbor: 6:5, continuous-shuffle machine

$25 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • Rocky Gap: 3:2, two decks
  • Live!: 3:2, eight decks, surrender, re-split aces
  • Live! Spanish 21, six decks
  • MGM National Harbor: 3:2, six decks, surrender, re-split aces, many tables use continuous-shuffle machine
  • MGM National Harbor: Pontoon, six decks

$50 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • Hollywood Casino: 3:2, six decks, stand on all 17’s, surrender
  • Horseshoe: 3:2, six decks, surrender

$100 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • Live!: 3:2, six decks, stand on all 17’s, surrender, re-split aces
  • Horseshoe: 3:2, six decks, stand on all 17’s, surrender

$200 blackjack games at Maryland casinos

  • MGM National Harbor: 3:2, six decks, stand on all 17’s, surrender, re-split aces

Blackjack games by Maryland casino

This section sorts the blackjack games by the casino dealing the games. This includes all blackjack games and variants that we found. Assume that a game pays 3:2, hits soft 17, and allows a double-down before and after splitting, unless otherwise noted.

Ocean Downs

Oceans Downs deals two $10 blackjack games. One uses six decks and allows surrender. The other is Players Edge 21.

Rocky Gap Resort

There are two different blackjack games at Rocky Gap Resort. One uses six decks and is dealt out of a continuous-shuffle machine. It has surrender. There is a double-deck game (with standard double-down rules) for $25. 

Hollywood Casino Perryville

There are three blackjack games at Hollywood Perryville. We found $15 eight-deck with surrender and Spanish 21. For $50, players will find the $15 game but with six decks instead of eight, and with the dealer standing on soft 17.

Horseshoe Baltimore

The lowest-limit blackjack game at Horseshoe Baltimore is $10. It pays 6:5 and is dealt out of a continuous-shuffle machine. It takes $50 to get into a 3:2 game, that game has a six-deck shoe and allows surrender. Moving to a $100 minimum table, you can sit at a game where the dealer stands on all 17’s.

Live! Casino & Hotel

Live! Casino has four different blackjack games. There is a 6:5 $15 game that uses a continuous-shuffle machine. At $25, this eight-deck game pays 3:2. There is also Spanish 21 at the $25 limit. The $100 game in high-limit stands on all 17’s. The standard blackjack games have surrender and re-split aces. 

MGM National Harbor

We found four blackjack games at MGM National Harbor. The smallest game starts at $15: it pays 6:5 and is dealt out of a continuous-shuffle machine. At $25, this game pays 3:2. At $50, it is dealt out of a shoe. At $200 in the high-limit salon, it stands on all 17’s. All MGM National blackjack games use six decks, with surrender and re-split aces as options. Pontoon is available for $25. 

Maryland blackjack FAQ

Do all Maryland blackjack games pay 3:2?

No. There are 6:5 blackjack games at Horseshoe, Live! And MGM National Harbor. All blackjack pays 3:2 at Ocean Downs, Rocky Gap, and Hollywood Casino.

Which Maryland casinos have the cheapest blackjack?

The lowest minimum bet for blackjack in Maryland is $10. Ocean Downs and Rocky Gap pay 3:2 in their $10 blackjack games, which may go up to $15 during busier hours.

Are there any blackjack tables in Maryland casino smoking lounges?

Yes. Horseshoe and Live! have blackjack and other table games in their smoking areas. 

What is the largest maximum bet for Maryland blackjack?

We saw $10,000 limits posted at Live!, Horseshoe, and MGM National Harbor. Otherwise, the limits were $500 or $1,000. 

What blackjack variants are dealt at Maryland casinos?

We found Spanish 21 at Live! and Hollywood Casino, Players Edge 21 at Ocean Downs, and Pontoon at MGM National Harbor. 

The information on this page was accurate as of September 4, 2022, based on player reports and our 2021 visit. Please contact us to report inaccurate or dated information.