Black Jack Essential Basics – Part 2

Thursday, 18. February 2010

We carry on with our article on the abc’s of twenty-one. In Part One we reviewed the basis of blackjack, hitting, standing and how to double down. In part two we will discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is assigned 2 cards of the same value (two 8’s as an example) he may split them to generate 2 different hands. If you decide to separate your hand you will have to make a new bet equal to the initial wager.

Surrender: A few casinos will permit players to surrender the hand they have been handed along with fifty percent of the original bet they made prior to the croupier checking their hand. Once again it’s vital to ask the dealer for clarification on the chemin de fer table rules or look at the game rules area on the online casino you’re gambling on.

Insurance: When the dealers face up card is an Ace gamblers have the chance to purchase insurance. You’ll lay half of the initial wager prior to the dealer checking his cards; if the croupier has blackjack you’ll win the insurance wager but still lose the original wager. Sadly if the dealer doesn’t have blackjack the competitor loses the insurance. It is a risk but one that is well worth it, if used as part of a smart scheme.

As soon as a competitor has stayed or busted by going over twenty-one the croupier will reveal his/her hand and will go on to deal himself cards until one of the following things has happened: if they have surpassed 17, a dealer won’t usually take another card due to the possibility of busting, if he has drawn twenty-one or if he has gone bust.

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