BlackJack Terminology

Confused by the language that goes with casino blackjack? Want to know which hole can take a hard hand? Look no further and don't die of ignorance

blackjack terminology:

bet: in order to make a wager, a player must click on the chip value that they wish to bet

blackjack: achieved when initial 2 cards total 21. Blackjack beats a score of 21 made involving 3 or more cards.

bust: a player or the dealer goes bust when their score exceeds 21. If the player busts the bet is lost automatically, if the dealer busts the player wins the bet.

double: a player can ‘double down' after they have been dealt their first 2 cards and believe that they can beat the dealer's hand with the third card. The bet is doubled and third card dealt to the player. The hand stands automatically and the dealer completes their hand in order to compete with that of the player.

face card: these are the jacks, kings or queens, which are all worth 10 points.

hard hand: a hand without an ace, or containing an ace that counts as 1.

hit: player requests a further card to be dealt - a player can take a hit any time prior to standing

hole card: face down dealer card

ideal: once a bet has been placed, press deal to start the game. The player receives 2 cards face up and the dealer also gets 2 cards, one face up and one face down.

insurance: allows a player to protect themselves when they suspect the dealer to have blackjack. Insurance costs half of the initial bet. If the dealer has blackjack, insurance pays back the initial bet (pay out rate 2:1). Insurance is lost if the dealer doesn't have blackjack. If both player and dealer have blackjack the game is a push, profiting by money won through insurance - also named ‘even money.'

pat hand: a hand totaling 17 to 21

push: occurs if the dealer's cards and the player's cards are equal (from 17 to 21), resulting in no winner - the player's bet is also returned.

soft hand: a hand that consists of an ace as it can be counted as 1 or 11.

split: If player's initial cards are of equal value (e.g. 8,8 or J,K) then the player is permitted to split the cards into 2 separate hands by placing a second bet of equal value to the first. The player is allowed up to 3 hands at one time. The cards are then draw as usual except; if a player has split aces, where one further card is permitted per hand. A hand that totals 21 post splitting aces is considered 21, not blackjack.

stand: player is satisfied with hand. Standing is automatic if player has 21 or post doubling down

surrender: if a player chooses this option (only allowed on their first two cards), they forfeit the hand and the player is returned 50% of the original bet, the other half going to the house.

upcard: face up dealer card




Users Comments

Re: BlackJack Terminology
Posted By mickeyrobles 1 February 18, 2010 05:07:08 AM

Can't believe that I am not yet familiar with these lol. I went at internet casino website and I humiliate myself by asking what's a face card in the chatbox! LOL
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