Twenty-One Essential Basics – Part 2

by Nina on Mar.15, 2010, under Blackjack

We resume our article on the essential details of black jack. In Part 1 we reviewed the concept of twenty-one, hitting, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part two we will discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is given 2 cards of the same amount (two eights as an example) the player may split them to make 2 separate hands. If you choose to divide your hand you will have to make a new wager equal to the original wager.

Surrender: A few betting houses will permit players to surrender the hand they have been given along with half of the original wager they made prior to the croupier checking his hand. Once again it is essential to ask the croupier for clarification on the table rules or look at the rules section on the web casino you are playing on.

Insurance: When the dealers face up card is an Ace competitors have the chance to take out insurance. You will place half of the original wager before the dealer looks at his cards; if the dealer has twenty-one you will come away with a win on the insurance wager but still lose the original bet. Unfortunately if the dealer does not have blackjack the player loses the insurance. It’s a chance but one that’s absolutely worth it, if used as part of a clever tactic.

Once a gambler has stood or gone bust by exceeding twenty-one the croupier will reveal their hand and will go on to deal himself cards until one of the following things has appeared: if they have surpassed seventeen, a dealer will not usually take another card due to the chance of going bust, if he has drawn 21 or if they have busted.

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