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Strategic blackjack - Blackjack card game glossary
Category: Games and Entertainment > Blackjack card game glossary
Date & country: 17/11/2010, USA
Words: 17

An Ace and a face card/ten to make 21 with two cards. Pays 3 to 2.

Your hand now totals over 21 after drawing another card and you have busted. You lose immediatley even if the Dealer subsequently busts.

Double Down
Double your bet and take one more card.

Same as Hit.

Hard Hand
A hand without and Ace or one with an Ace that can only be counted as one. (e.g. Ace, 6, 7 can only be worth 14).

Request another card.

Hole Card
The dealer's face down card.

If the dealer's face up card is an Ace you may be offered insurance. This is basically a bet equal to your original that the dealer has Blackjack. Insurance pays 2 to 1, so you break even if the dealer has blackjack.

Las Vegas Rules
Rules typical of downtown Las Vegas. Double allowed on any first two cards, resplits allowed, dealer hits soft 17, insurance allowed.

Las Vegas Strip Rules
Same as above but the dealer must hit soft 17.

The dealer's hand and yours are equal, your stake is returned.

A device for holding the decks of cards to be dealt.

Soft Hand
This refers to a hand containing an Ace where the Ace can be counted as 1 or 11 without busting. (e.g. Ace,8 can be worth 9 or 19).

You have two cards of the same denomination and wish to split them and play as two separate hands. This also means doubling your bet.

Indicates that you are happy with your total and do not wish to draw anymore cards.

Stiff Hand
A hand valued at 12 -16.

You do not believe that you have a good chance of winning the hand and surrender your cards for a loss of half your stake. Not allowed in all casinos