We resume our article on the basics of black jack. In Part One we reviewed the concept of blackjack, hitting, standing and how to double down. In part 2 we’ll discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is assigned two cards of the same value (two 8’s for instance) she may split them to create 2 different hands. If you decide to divide your hand you’ll need to place a new wager equivalent to the original wager.

Surrender: A few betting houses will permit gamblers to surrender the cards they have been dealt along with half of the original wager they placed prior to the dealer looking at their hand. As a rule it is important to ask the croupier for clarification on the black jack table game rules or look at the game rules area on the net casino you are competing on.

Insurance: When the dealers exposed card is an Ace players have the option to take out insurance. You’ll place half of the original bet before the dealer checks his cards; if the croupier has chemin de fer you’ll come away with a win on the insurance wager but still lose the original bet. Unfortunately if the croupier does not have blackjack the competitor loses the insurance. It’s a risk but one that’s absolutely worth it, if used as part of a clever strategy.

Once a player has stood or busted by going over twenty one the croupier will show his hand and will go on to deal himself cards until 1 of the following elements has happened: if he has reached seventeen, a croupier won’t normally draw another card due to the possibility of busting, if he has drawn twenty-one or if they have gone bust.

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