Getting to know the game

Below are a few more play options that are available to a blackjack player:Split – If the first two cards of a player have an equal point value then he can split them into two hands. When this happens, each card is the first card of a new hand.

The player must also make another wager that has the same value as the first wager for the second hand. Splitting after a splitting is allowed in the game. But re-splitting aces is often considered as an exception. The player can usually split up to 2 to 3 times if another splitting opportunity comes up. Doubling after splitting is usually allowed but not that very often. As a way of indicating that a player wants to split he must put the additional wager next to the original wager. In a single deck game he must place the card face up beside the bet.

Surrender – There are some casinos that offer the player an option to surrender on the first two cards. If the player does not like his prospects he can forfeit half of the bet as well as his cards. The option is generally only offered to the player after the dealer has checked for a black. This is known as a late surrender.

After all of the players have played their hands – in order from the dealer’s left to his right – the dealer will then play his hand. The dealer has no free will but he must always play by particular house rules. Usually, the rule is that the dealer must hit until he reaches a score of 17 or more.

There are some casinos that stipulate that if the dealer has a soft 17, an ace as well as any number of cards that would total 6, he must also hit. If the dealer busts here then all the players that did not bust will automatically win.

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