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Glossary of blackjack

Like all casino games, Blackjack possesses specific terms that must be learned in order to play. In this article, we offer definitions of common Blackjack terms.

Blackjack terminology

Blackjack, Black jack, Black-jack

These terms refer to the actual name of the game. It can also sometimes be called twenty-one. The term Blackjack (Black Jack, Black-jack) can also refer to a particular hand. This is a hand whose value is 21 and that contains an Ace and a ten value card (a card whose value is 10, that is, 10, Jack, Queen, or King).

Break

This indicates that the player or the dealer has surpassed 21 and therefore loses the game.

Bust

This indicates that the player or the dealer has surpassed 21 and therefore loses the game.

Double

This game option allows the player to double his original bet. However, he can then be dealt only one additional card. This option can be a profitable choice, especially if your hand is valued at 11.

Double down

This is the same as the option Double, except that the next card dealt to you will be dealt face-down.

Hard 17

This expression refers to a hand containing an Ace that can only be valued at 1 in order not to bust (surpass 21). This hand could contain, for example, an Ace, a 6, and a 10.

Hit (Draw)

This game option indicates that the player wishes to be dealt an additional card.

Insurance

This game option is offered to the player when the dealer has an Ace as his upcard. The player can then make another bet of up to half his original bet. If the dealer obtains a Blackjack, the player wins his insurance bet, but loses his initial bet. If the dealer does not obtain a Blackjack, the player loses his insurance bet and the original bet plays out as usual. This game option should be avoided. It is to the house’s advantage.

Natural

This is a synonym for Blackjack. The term refers to a 2-card hand whose value is 21.

Push, Standoff

This term refers to a situation in which the player’s hand and the dealer’s hand are equal in value. In this case, there is no winner or loser.

Shoe (deck)

This refers to the card pile, in this case, a particular kind of card holder from which the cards are dealt. It usually contains several decks.

Soft 17

This expression refers to a hand containing an Ace and a 6. The value of this hand can be 7 or 17, according to the player’s preference.

Split

This game option is possible if the player possesses a pair. The player can then separate this pair into two distinct hands. To do this, he must double his initial bet.

Stand

This game option indicates that the player does not wish to take any further action. He does not want to be dealt additional cards (hit). He is satisfied with his hand.

Ten Value Card

Any card valued at 10, that is, the face cards (King, Queen, and Jack) and the 10. A third of the cards in a game are ten value cards.