Twenty-One Essential Basics – Part 2
February 21st, 2010 by Annabella

We resume our article on the essential details of twenty-one. In Part 1 we reviewed the notion of blackjack, taking another card, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part 2 we’ll discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is given two cards of the same value (two 8’s for instance) she may split them to make 2 separate hands. If you choose to separate your hand you’ll need to make a new wager equivalent to the initial wager.

Surrender: Some betting houses will permit gamblers to surrender the cards they have been dealt along with half of the initial bet they made prior to the dealer looking at his hand. Once again it is essential to inquire with the dealer for clarification on the table game rules or look at the rules section on the online betting house you are wagering on.

Insurance: When the dealers face up card is an Ace competitors have the chance to purchase insurance. You’ll lay half of the initial bet before the dealer checks his cards; if the croupier has blackjack you’ll come away with a win on the insurance bet but still lose the initial wager. Unfortunately if the croupier doesn’t have black jack the gambler loses the insurance. It is a chance but one that is absolutely worth it, if used as part of a smart tactic.

Once a competitor has stood or busted by exceeding 21 the dealer will reveal their cards and will continue to deal himself cards until one of the following elements has happened: if he has achieved 17, a croupier will not typically draw another card due to the likelihood of going bust, if he has drawn twenty one or if they have busted.

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