BlackJack Vocabulary


Stand is when a player is satisfied with the two cards dealt after seeing the dealers up card. Briefly pass hand over your cards signaling the dealer you don’t want additional cards.

Double Down

Double Down on the original bet. With cards up, place an equal amount to the left of the original bet, then the dealer will then give you only one additional up card. Should you and the dealer receive the same totals, it is considered a “push” or “draw” and your original bet is returned.

Splitting Pairs

Splitting Pairs is when you receive two like cards, you split the pair, play two hands and place a similar bet on the second hand. Each hand is then played separately.

Card Value

Face cards have the value of 10, all other cards counted as their face value, and Aces (A) can have a value of one (1) or eleven (11) best used to suit your hand.


When dealers exposed card is an Ace and the player has a blackjack, the player can pay ½ of the original bet to protect their bet against dealer having a blackjack. If the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack, you lose your insurance bet and the game goes on. If the dealer has a blackjack, you push on the hand and win a 2 to 1 payoff on the insurance bet. Not a good bet. Tell the dealer that you want even money for your blackjack against his Ace.


Allowed at some casinos. Player gives up ½ of his bet when he is convinced that his original two cards are a sure loss.