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Blackjack Glossary

Beating blackjack requires knowledge of the words and phrases that make up blackjack terminology or “language of blackjack”. Don’t go anywhere near a blackjack table unless you have read this blackjack glossary.

Blackjack – No blackjack glossary is complete without this one! Two cards totaling 21 consisting of an Ace and another card with a value of ten.

Twenty one or “21” – three or more cards totaling 21 or as close to 21 as possible.

Odds – the mathematical chances that a particular event will occur

Pit – a group of blackjack tables

Pit Boss – supervising staff of the “pit”. They make sure everyone follows the rules of the house.

Shoe – a box containing multiple decks of cards

Insurance – a separate bet when the dealer’s up card is an ace.

Hit – blackjack terminology for requesting another card from the dealer

Stand – when you are satisfied with your hand request no further cards from the dealer

Double Down – After the first two cards are dealt, the player may double the initial bet in exchange for one more card. They must turn up both of the first initial cards dealt.

Natural – blackjack terminology for two cards totaling twenty one, also known as “Blackjack”

Pair Splitting – When the first two cards are dealt are of equal value you have the option of playing each at the same time as two separate hands.

Bust – the total of your blackjack hand is over 21.

Push – a tie between the player and the dealer. The player gets their bet back, but wins nothing.

Action – the total amount of bets in a certain period of time. 5 bets of $25 equal $125 of action.

Surrender – you give up during the play and lose just half your bet

Cut Card – a card or card shaped piece of plastic used to cut the deck.

Hole Card – a card that is face down.

Hard hand – a hand that has no ace or the ace is counted as one, not eleven.

Soft hand – a hand when the ace is counted as 11

Pat hand – a hand that is not bust and totals a minimum of 17

First Base – the seat nearest the shoe or the seat to receive cards from the dealer first. Usually the seat furthest to the left of the dealer.

Third Base – the seat furthest from the shoe or the last to receive cards from the dealer. Usually the seat furthest to the right of the dealer.

Card Counting – a strategy of remembering which cards have been played and which ones remain in the deck and use this to gain advantage against the dealer

Shill – usually a casino employee hired to sit at empty blackjack tables to attract players. They will usually have a lot of chips to make it look like they have been winning at this table.

Knowing blackjack terminology is just the beginning. Now that you know our blackjack glossary inside and out, you can study up on blackjack strategy and know what we are talking about!



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