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We carry on with our article on the basics of Blackjack. In Part One we reviewed the basis of the game, taking another card, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part 2 we’ll talk about splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is assigned 2 cards of the same amount (2 8’s for instance) he may break them up to make 2 separate hands. If you decide to divide your hand you will need to place a new bet equal to the initial bet.

Surrender: Some betting houses will permit gamblers to surrender the cards they have been handed along with fifty percent of the initial wager they made prior to the dealer looking at his hand. As a rule it’s important to ask the dealer for clarification on the chemin de fer table rules or check out the rules area on the web casino you are competing on.

Insurance: When the dealers exposed card is an Ace players have the option to purchase insurance. You’ll place half of the initial bet before the dealer checks his cards; if the croupier has black jack you will win the insurance wager but still lose the original bet. Unfortunately if the dealer does not have black jack the player loses the insurance. It is a risk but one that’s absolutely worth it, if used as part of a clever scheme.

Once a competitor has stood or gone bust by exceeding twenty-one the dealer will show their hand and will continue to deal themselves cards until one of the following events has happened: if he has achieved 17, a dealer will not normally draw another card due to the possibility of going bust, if he has drawn twenty one or if he has busted.

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