Blackjack Dealing Shoes

Written by James Lyons
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Blackjack dealing shoes are an excellent accessory for those card players who like to host large games. Blackjack shoes typically come in four deck, six deck, and eight deck sizes. If you are running large games, you absolutely must have a dealing shoe. The last thing you want to do is to deal six stacked decks.

The card dealing process should be smooth. It should add to the game, not detract from it. I've been a part of large, friendly blackjack games where the host used no gaming accessories like automatic card shufflers or blackjack dealing shoes. This inevitably resulted in incredibly slow, incredibly boring, and incredibly frustrating card games. Blackjack moves fast and it requires a dealing shoe if you plan to play with more than two people.

Blackjack Dealing Shoes and Blackjack History

Blackjack has been in the United States since the early 1800s, but like many other card games, the origin of blackjack can be traced back to France. The actual name "blackjack" was the term attached to a specific bet that paid 10 to 1. Blackjack occurred when a player received the jack of spades and the ace of spades. The player had to receive those specific cards.

Today, a person hits blackjack if he or she receives an ace of any suit and a face card of any suit. The house usually pays two to one for the modern version of blackjack. The house also provides its dealers with six to eight deck blackjack dealing shoes. A table of six players can burn through six decks in less than 15 minutes. The shoe helps keep the game moving forward.


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