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We carry on with our article on the basics of twenty-one. In Part One we covered the notion of the game, hitting, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part two we’ll discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is assigned two cards of the same amount (two eights for instance) he may separate them to generate two separate hands. If you decide to separate your hand you will need to lay a new wager equal to the original bet.

Surrender: A few betting houses will let gamblers to surrender the cards they have been dealt 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 dealer for clarification on the black jack table rules or look at the rules section on the internet betting house you are betting on.

Insurance: When the dealers face up card is an Ace players have the chance to take out insurance. You’ll place half of the initial bet before the dealer checks his cards; if the dealer has twenty-one you will come away with a win on the insurance bet but still lose the original wager. Unfortunately if the dealer doesn’t have black jack the competitor loses the insurance. It’s a risk but one that is absolutely worth it, if used as part of a smart strategy.

As soon as a gambler has stood or busted by going over twenty one the croupier will reveal their cards and will continue to deal themselves cards until 1 of the following elements has happened: if they have reached 17, a croupier will not typically take another card due to the possibility of busting, if they have drawn twenty one or if they have gone bust.