means any combination of your first two cards that total 21
To ask the dealer to Hit on
a hand, is to ask for another card.
When the player tells the dealer
they want to Stand, they are telling him that they don't
want any more cards.
If the player has been dealt a
pair, they are able to Split the pair, and play 2
separate hands at the same time. (Some house rules will not
allow you to split Aces, or Aces more than once).
is when the ace can only be counted as 1.
When a player Doubles Down,
they are doubling their bet and asking the dealer for ONLY one
more card. Regardless of what the card is, the player must stand
after doubling down.
The player is given the choice of
asking for Insurance, if the dealer has been dealt an "A"
face up. By asking for Insurance, the player is making a
side-bet that the down-card could be a 10 point card, giving the
dealer 21. It has been stated many times, that Insurance is a
"sucker bet" and to NEVER make this bet.
is the only play at the blackjack table that requires a "verbal"
response. If the player is dealt a hand that looks particularly
dismal, they can surrender half the bet and end their play. This
is also referred to as a "sucker bet", and some casinos don't
even recognize it.(There are a few instances that a very
skilled card counter can use this bet to their advantage).
A push or tie occurs when
the total of your cards are the same as the dealers without
going over 21. You do lose and you can change your bet on the
is when the ace can be counted as 1 or 11.