Blackjack Essential Basics – Part Two

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We resume our article on the abc’s of Blackjack. In the previous article we covered the notion of the game, hitting, standing and how to double down. In part two we will talk about splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is handed 2 cards of the same amount (two 8’s as an example) the gambler may separate them to generate 2 different hands. If you decide to split your hand you will need to place a new bet equivalent to the initial bet.

Surrender: Some betting houses will allow players to surrender the hand they have been dealt along with half of the original bet they made before the croupier checks his hand. Keep in mind it’s essential to inquire with the croupier for clarification on the table rules or check the game rules section on the online betting house you’re betting on.

Insurance: When the dealers face up card is an Ace gamblers have the option to purchase insurance. You’ll place half of the original bet before the dealer checks his cards; if the dealer has blackjack you’ll win the insurance bet but still lose the initial bet. Regrettably if the croupier doesn’t have twenty-one the gambler loses the insurance. It is a risk but one that is well worth it, if used as part of a smart strategy.

Once a gambler has stood or gone bust by going over 21 the croupier will reveal their hand and will go on to deal himself cards until 1 of the following things has appeared: if they have achieved 17, a dealer won’t usually draw another card due to the possibility of going bust, if he has drawn 21 or if they have gone bust.

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