On July 1, Tropicana Atlantic City is launching a hybrid blackjack system called “Shaq Jack,” combining a live dealer with private gaming stations in a game named after four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal.
“Here at Tropicana, we embrace innovative games like this that enhance the guest experience and give players more power and more control,” said Tropicana General Manager Steve Callender. “Shaq Jack is an engaging game designed to appeal to novice and expert blackjack players alike.”
Created by Dynamic Gaming Systems, Shaq Jack offers the action of a live blackjack game with actual cards and a live dealer, streamed to individual gaming terminals. Each game is a live, real-time game of 21, with each player going up against the dealer only.
Players see the hand being dealt on their screens, and all the standard blackjack betting options, like splitting, doubling down and insurance, are available. Players use a touch-screen monitor for buy-ins, payouts and tips.
“Shaq Jack makes it possible for new or casual players to play blackjack without the intimidation of sitting at a communal table with a dealer and experienced players,” Callender said. “On the other hand, serious players will enjoy Shaq Jack because they don’t have to worry about newbies ruining their game by playing a bad hand. It’s just you against the dealer.”
Shaq Jack blackjack will be available at The Quarter retail complex as well as the Poker Room at Tropicana beginning July 1, with a chance to win free t-shirts, basketballs and other giveaways all weekend.