Blackjack ABC’s – Part 2


Posted by Barbara | Posted in Blackjack | Posted on 02-03-2010

We carry on with our article on the abc’s of Blackjack. In the previous article we covered the concept of chemin de fer, taking another card, standing and how to double down. In part 2 we will discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is dealt 2 cards of the same amount (two eights as an example) she may break them up to create 2 different hands. If you decide to divide your hand you’ll need to place a new bet equal to the initial bet.

Surrender: A few betting houses will permit players to surrender the hand they have been given along with fifty percent of the original wager they made before the croupier checks their hand. Keep in mind it is important to inquire with the dealer for clarification on the blackjack table game rules or check out the game rules section on the internet casino you are betting on.

Insurance: When the dealers exposed card is an Ace competitors have the chance to purchase insurance. You will lay half of the initial bet before the croupier checks his cards; if the croupier has blackjack you’ll win the insurance bet but still lose the original amount. Sadly if the croupier doesn’t have chemin de fer the competitor loses the insurance. It’s a risk but one that’s absolutely worth it, if used as part of a smart plan.

As soon as a gambler has stayed or busted by exceeding twenty-one the croupier will reveal their hand and will continue to deal themselves cards until 1 of the following events has appeared: if he has surpassed 17, a dealer will not normally draw another card because of the likelihood of busting, if he has drawn twenty one or if they have busted.

Chemin de fer Types Introduction Guide


Posted by Barbara | Posted in Blackjack | Posted on 01-03-2010

The game of Black jack is very diverse. Unlike a number of other games, the Twenty-one player isn’t limited to the same game more than and over. Every variation of Pontoon has its personal set of rules. It’s essential to know these prior to diving in. Should you bet on a single variation like yet another, you may end up losing money. Several variations are minor, but others require their personal system of play. Here are a couple of variations from the traditional Las Vegas Black jack, which comes in 2 styles-Downtown and Vegas Strip.

European Pontoon

European Twenty-one is wagered with two decks. The dealer must stand on soft 17. Unlike the regular game of Twenty-one, in European Twenty-one, players can only double down on Nine and 11. This is usually a severe limitation to those highly aggressive gamblers that love doubling on just about anything when the dealer has a Five or 6 showing. Gamblers are not allowed to split following a splitting once nor can they double down on a split. There is no surrender option. The home has a 0.39% house advantage.

Atlantic City Pontoon

This variation of Twenty-one is played in a shoe with 8 decks of cards. The dealer need to stand on soft 17-like and Ace and a Six. Players are allowed to double on first two cards and suitable following a split. Splits could be re-split to form up to 3 total hands. The dealer checks for Black jack prior to the hand continues, and late surrender is allowed. Atlantic City Pontoon has 0.35% home advantage.

Double Exposure Twenty-one

A lot of gamblers flock to Double Exposure Pontoon, because they think the benefit is in their favor. In this variation, both dealer cards are dealt face up. Sounds good right? A Hearts, but here’s the rub. The croupier wins all ties except Black jack. Here’s yet another. Black jack only pays even cash. There is no bonus for getting it. The game is bet with a shoe and 8 decks of cards. The dealer hits on soft Seventeen. You are able to re-split hands to make up to four separate hands. Here’s yet another downside. You’ll be able to only double down on hard 9 and 11. Also, in case you split aces, you get just one final card on every. The home edge on Double Exposure Blackjack is 0.69%.