11 Apr 11

We resume our article on the abc’s of twenty-one. In Part 1 we reviewed the approach of the game, taking another card, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part two we’ll talk about splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is handed 2 cards of the same amount (2 8’s for instance) she may split them to generate 2 separate hands. If you choose to divide your hand you will have to make a new wager equal to the original wager.

Surrender: Some casinos will let individuals to surrender the hand they have been handed along with half of the original wager they made before the croupier checks his hand. Keep in mind it is important to ask the croupier for clarification on the table rules or check out the game rules section on the online casino you’re playing on.

Insurance: When the croupiers exposed card is an Ace competitors have the option to purchase insurance. You’ll lay half of the initial bet prior to the dealer looking at his cards; if the croupier has twenty-one you will come away with a win on the insurance bet but still lose the original sum. Unfortunately if the croupier does not have blackjack the gambler loses the insurance. It’s a risk but one that’s well worth it, if used as part of a smart strategy.

Once a gambler has stayed or busted by exceeding twenty one the croupier will reveal his/her cards and will go on to deal himself cards until one of the following elements has appeared: if they have reached seventeen, a croupier won’t normally draw another card due to the likelihood of busting, if he has drawn twenty-one or if they have gone bust.


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