Learn About the Surrender Strategy in Blackjack

Published on: October 20, 2015 

Blackjack is a fun filled and exciting card game that can be found at just about every operating online casino. With games that use multiple decks, players often have the ability to use a surrender option. Unfortunately, many players do not know how to use this option properly and find it has no benefit. To benefit from this option, it is important to understand how it works. This knowledge will allow players to know exactly when to use it and when to avoid it to ensure the best possible outcome.

The surrender option will work differently with American and European blackjack variations. With the American versions, the gold card is dealt to the dealer. If the dealer has a card showing that is a 10 or an Ace, they will check for a blackjack. If the dealer has a blackjack, players immediately use and never have the option to use the surrender option. However, with any other hand, players will be given the option to surrender. This means that half of the wager is returned and the hand is folded. This is often called a late surrender.

With European blackjack variations, the hole card is not dealt, so the dealer will never have the chance to check for a blackjack. This allows players to use the surrender option at any time and is referred to as an early surrender. Unfortunately, new blackjack players use this option at any time, not even realising that they have lost half their wager when they could have held a winning hand. There are three factors that should be considered before using the surrender option. If the dealer shows a face up card that is not a 9, 10 or Ace, play the game as normal. If the face up card is a 9, 10 or Ace, then the next factor comes into play.

The rule that determines when the dealer stands is the second factor. If they stand on a soft 17 and shows a 10, players should surrender only if they have a 15 or 16 hand. If the dealer has a 9 or Ace, surrender on a value of 16. If the dealer has to hit a soft 17, their position becomes stronger and players may have to surrender more often. If the dealer has an Ace, surrender with hands of 15, 16 or 17. If the dealer has a 10 value, surrender hands of 15 or 16. If there is a 10 value card shown, surrender on 15 or 16 and if the dealer has a 9, surrender on hands of 16 only.

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