Chemin de Fer Essential Basics – Part 2

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We carry on with our article on the essential details of twenty-one. In Part One we reviewed the basis of black jack, hitting, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part 2 we’ll discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is dealt two cards of the same amount (two 8’s for example) she may split them to create two separate hands. If you choose to split your hand you will have to place a new bet equivalent to the original bet.

Surrender: Some betting houses will permit individuals to surrender the cards they have been assigned along with fifty percent of the original bet they placed before the croupier checks his hand. As a rule it’s important to inquire with the croupier for clarification on the black jack table rules or check out the rules section on the web casino you are betting on.

Insurance: When the croupiers face up card is an Ace players have the ability to take out insurance. You’ll place half of the original bet prior to the dealer looking at his cards; if the croupier has twenty-one you’ll come away with a win on the insurance bet but still lose the original bet. Sadly if the croupier doesn’t have chemin de fer the gambler loses the insurance. It’s a chance but one that’s well worth it, if used as part of a clever tactic.

Once a player has stood or busted by going over twenty-one the dealer will show his or her hand and will go on to deal themselves cards until one of the following elements has happened: if he has reached 17, a dealer won’t normally draw another card because of the possibility of busting, if they have drawn twenty-one or if they have busted.

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