Chemin de Fer Basics – Part Two

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Posted by Deanna | Posted in Blackjack | Posted on 02-04-2010

We carry on with our article on the essential details of black jack. In Part One we covered the basis of the game, taking another card, holding with the current hand and how to double down. In part 2 we’ll discuss splitting, surrendering and insurance.

Split: if a player is handed two cards of the same amount (2 8’s as an example) the player may break them up to make 2 different hands. If you decide to divide your hand you’ll have to place a new wager equivalent to the original wager.

Surrender: Some casinos will allow individuals to surrender the hand they have been assigned along with fifty percent of the original wager they placed before the dealer looking at his hand. As a rule it’s vital to inquire with the dealer for clarification on the black jack table rules or check the rules section on the internet casino you are wagering on.

Insurance: When the dealers exposed card is an Ace players have the chance to take out insurance. You will lay half of the initial wager before the croupier looks at his cards; if the dealer has chemin de fer you’ll come away with a win on the insurance bet but still lose the original wager. Sadly if the croupier doesn’t have black jack the player loses the insurance. It is a risk but one that is well worth it, if used as part of a clever plan.

Once a gambler has stood or gone bust by going over 21 the croupier will show his or her hand and will continue to deal themselves cards until one of the following elements has appeared: if they have reached seventeen, a dealer won’t normally take another card due to the possibility of busting, if they have drawn twenty one or if they have busted.

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