Just returned from a pretty cool 30-minute stint at Kasino Reeperbahn. 8 decks, 1.5 cut out, S17, 3:2, DOA, DAS. Split aces get exactly one card. The dealer does get a hole card. If her top card is a 10 or Ace, she won't check it until the round is up (so, essentially, that means European No Hole Card). There's a side-bet called "twins" which pays you money if you get two cards of the same value.
The different things:
You can bet on other players' hands. I found this immensely useful. At high counts, just place your money down on the two seats adjacent to yours. No one will bat an eye. Also, half the cards have a black back and half are red. Can that be used somehow????
The shuffle is quite sloppy. PM me if you want details.
Upon entry, they check ID and charge you a 1 Euro cover. There are only two tables. It's Friday night, so 5 Eur min, 500 max. Otherwise, it's 2 Eur min. The game is on the slower side. It's CROWDED. The other casinos on the strip are slots only, so this is the only BJ I found on Reeperbahn. Non alcoholic drinks free; I'm not sure about alcohol. There are two Euro roulette wheels in the same space (no "En-prison" rule), and a poker room upstairs.
Doubling is weird - they place your money on top of your bet instead of beside.
You are only in control of the hand that you are "first bettor" on. What happens to your money on other players' slots if you play them is up to how those players play their hands. You can't force them to hit if they choose to stand. However, if they choose to double you don't have to (I correctly chose to not double 11 vs 10, as per Euro BS). If they split, I don't know -- hasn't happened but I may post again if I go back.
Also, when you come out, be prepared to be swarmed by hookers. Some are pretty, but in general very aggressive.
I was so totally wrong about the decks -- 6 decks. And the new dealer (about 2 hours later) was cutting one out. Very countable. But man -- people behind you reaching over to make bets on your spots, armpits in your face, people playing two tables at once ... eugh. Downright nasty, especially on a super hot night like today. As for splits, you can choose to split but are not required to -- you keep the first hand.
Trip Report - Just visited here for a quick pitstop. 1/2 hr tops. Interesting city. Admission fee of 1 euro which I made back in 50 cent machine roulette. Actually had a nice streak. went from 10 euros to max of 24 euroes betting conservatively covering 2/3rds of the board with only 50 cent bets. Cashed out with 15 euros minus the admission fee for a profit of 4 euros. Light entertainment. Beware, Kasino Reeperbahn is located in the heart of the Red Light District. Its not the seediest casino by far at all, but when you walk out......watch where you step. LOL.
Blackjack - Dealer has a face card and does not check for blackjack. Players continue placing their bets, doubling, splitting etc. Only at the conclusion, does the dealer check his hole card. Is this right?????????????????
Mins were 5 euro and only one BJ table was open.
Roulette - You can choose from an electronic roulette machine upstairs for a min of 50 cents or a live croupier downstairs for a min of 5 euros. Very few people tonight surprisingly. I guess they were attending to other needs =)
Small number of old slot machines on each floor. Brands and themes were completely unrecognizable to me.