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What special terminology is used by blackjack players
special terminology for blackjack players
blackjack players special terminology

Dec 27th, 2007 02:42
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Special Blackjack Terminology:
basic strategy
    a playing strategy that is designed to minimize the house edge as
much as possible without using techniques such as card counting, shuffle
tracking, or dealer tells. Basic strategy is used as a foundation for
card counting, but is also used by many non-counters.
burn card(s)
    cards that are discarded without being dealt to the players. After
the cards are shuffled by the dealer and cut by one of the players, one
or more cards are "burned" before any cards are dealt to the players.
to double the initial bet and receive exactly one more card. The
option to double is often allowed on the players first two cards only,
although some casinos allow doubling after splitting a pair. Many
Northern Nevada casinos allowing doubling only with a two-card total of
10 or 11. It is very rare to find games that allow doubling of hands
that have more than two cards.
double for less
    to double down with less than 2X the original bet. Generally, when
doubling is allowed, the player does not have to actually double his
bet, but may increase it by any amount up to (but not more than) the
original bet.
flat bet
    to bet the same amount on each successive hand.
hard hand
    any hand that is not a soft hand.
heads up
    playing at a table that has no other players.
    drawing a new card to add to the player's or dealer's hand.
hole card
    the dealer's card that is placed face down.
    a side bet, of up to 1/2 the original bet, that is offered when the
dealer's upcard is an ace. This bet pays 2:1 if the dealer has a natural
21. (Also see "even money")
late surrender
    surrender which is only allowed when the dealer does not have a
natural. If the dealer has a natural 21 (blackjack), the player's bet
still loses in its entirety. If the dealer does not have a blackjack,
the player loses half the bet and doesn't play the rest of the hand.
    a hand that totals 21 on the first two cards.
    a rare bet that the first two player's cards will total over 13, or
under 13, when aces are counted as one.
preferential shuffling
    shuffling when the deck is favorable to the players, while avoiding
a shuffle when the deck is unfavorable to the players.
    a tie hand, the original bet is returned to the player.
    a "box" for holding the undealt cards, usually used in multi-deck games.
soft hand
    any hand that includes an ace that can be counted as 11 without
having the value of the hand exceed 21. It is always possible to draw
one card to a soft hand without busting.
split hand
    hands that start with two cards of the same rank can be split to
form two independent hands. This option is exercised by adding a new bet
to the second hand, and these hands are played independently.
    to place more than one bet before the cards are dealt.
    to stop drawing cards.
stiff (hand)
    any hand that has a small chance of winning regardless of how the
hand is played (usually 12 - 16).
    the option to give back the player's first two cards in exchange for
a refund of 1/2 of the original bet (rarely allowed). Some hands, such
as 16 vs. dealer's 10, are so bad that surrender is less costly than
playing the hand.
third base
    the last player at a table to act on his/her hand is said to be
sitting at "third base".
    the dealer's first card, dealt face up. The correct playing decision
often involves some consideration of the dealer's upcard.