Chemin de Fer Basics – Part Two

We continue with our article on the basics of black jack. In the preceding article we covered the basis of black jack, taking another card, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part two we will discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a gambler is assigned 2 cards of the same amount (2 8’s for instance) he may split them to make 2 separate hands. If you choose to split your hand you’ll have to place a new wager equal to the initial bet.

Surrender: A few casinos will permit individuals to surrender the hand they have been handed along with fifty percent of the original bet they placed before the croupier checks their hand. As a rule it is important to inquire with the dealer for clarification on the black jack table game rules or check out the game rules area on the internet casino you’re playing on.

Insurance: When the croupiers exposed card is an Ace gamblers have the option to purchase insurance. You’ll place half of the original wager prior to the dealer looking at his cards; if the croupier has chemin de fer you’ll win the insurance bet but still lose the initial sum. Unfortunately if the dealer doesn’t have chemin de fer the player loses the insurance. It’s a risk but one that is well worth it, if used as part of a smart strategy.

Once a gambler has stayed or busted by going over 21 the dealer will reveal his/her hand and will continue to deal himself cards until one of the following events has happened: if he has surpassed seventeen, a croupier won’t normally take another card due to the possibility of busting, if he has drawn 21 or if he has busted.

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