State to allow experimental play of blackjack variant at casino

TRENTON – Casino game enthusiasts can look forward to playing a new type of blackjack game in Atlantic City as part of an experiment the state is conducting to see if it catches on.

The game, Triple Attack Blackjack, will be allowed as an experiment for a 270-day period starting July 25 at the ACH (formerly the Atlantic City Hilton), located on the Boardwalk.

“The purpose of a test of any game is to determine its suitability in New Jersey,” said Lisa Spengler, a spokesperson for the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, in an email. “This typically entails a range of considerations including, but not limited to, any incidents and/or patron complaints, layout/signage clarification, gaming equipment (as applicable), dealing procedures, assessment of temporarily adopted rules prior to proposal for final adoption, and fairness of odds.”

Dean Barnett, regional sales manager for Galaxy Gaming Inc., which owns the intellectual property rights to the game, described Triple Attack Blackjack as “a cross between blackjack and a carnival game.”
He said the testing period will provide Galaxy officials an opportunity to get feedback from the casino on how well it’s being received. It can also help determine if any tweaks need to be made to such game components as betting sequences, pay tables, house advantages, even the rules of the game.

Since it launched in 2009, following favorable reaction from table runners at a trade show, approximately 10 casinos have included it, including Harrah’s in Las Vegas. Other locales include Arizona and Washington.

“The hope is to see a lot of bodies in seats and that they will be there for awhile,” he said.

Triple attack blackjack is a variant of blackjack in which, among other things, a player – after their initial wager – can make another bet after their first card is dealt. Then after the dealer’s first face-up card, the player can make a third wager. 

The introduction of a new, experimental game comes on the heels of reduced win totals for casinos overall for the month of June.

Based upon filings with the Division of Gaming Enforcement, total casino wins fell 3.7

percent in June to $276.2 million. Slot machine wins fell 3.1 percent, to $200.5

million, while table game wins decreased by 5.2 percent, to $75.7 million.

According to the Division of Gaming Enforcement, the “win” reflects the net amount of money won by casinos. It is not profit. State to allow experimental play of blackjack variant at casino