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Blackjack Terminology

BustA hand in blackjack that goes over twenty-one. If you bust you lose.

Allows you to double your initial wager. The bet is placed after the first two cards are dealt. Only double your bet when you are reasonably sure you will only need one more card to win. Your bet will be placed automatically and you will be dealt one last card. Your hand will always consist of only three cards when doubling. Also known as doubling down.

Face-up cardThe card in the dealer's hand that is face up for you to see before you play your hand. Also known as open card or up card.
Hard handAny hand that does not contain an ace. Or a hand that contains one or more aces that count as only one point.
HitTo ask the dealer for another card.
InsuranceA side bet that equals half of the original wager. Insurance gives you a chance to protect yourself from the dealer's Blackjack.

If the dealer's card is an ace, there is the possibility of blackjack. When this happens you will be asked whether you would like to buy insurance. If you believe the dealer has blackjack, you can buy insurance to protect yourself. If the dealer gets blackjack, the insurance will pay 2:1, which equals your original bet. If you have insured yourself and the dealer does not obtain blackjack, then you lose your insurance but retain your original wager.

NaturalA two-card hand of 21 points. Sometimes referred to as blackjack.
PushA tie hand between you and the dealer. Occurs when you and the dealer have unbusted hands with the same total points.
Soft handAny hand that contains an ace that can be counted as 11. For example, an ace and a 6 is called a soft 17.
SplitIf you are dealt two cards of identical value you can split them into two new hands of one card each. Each hand would then be played out in turn. You may only split a hand once. The wager placed on each new hand will be equal to the original bet. You may double down on one or both of the new hands. When aces are split, only one card will be dealt to each hand. A split hand resulting in blackjack pays out a ratio of 1:1 rather than the normal 3:2.
StandStand is to be satisfied with your hand and refuse another card.