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Button Descriptions

When you are new to online Blackjack the tables can sometimes be a bit confusing. With buttons for hit, stand, deal and insurance the choices and meanings can be overwhelming.

Here is a small description on each of the buttons that you will see on the standard Blackjack table, whether you are playing online or in one of the many casinos around the world.

The Deal Button

Clicking the deal button in an online Blackjack game will start a new game after you have placed a bet. You will not find a Deal button in a casino.

Hit

Calling Hit or clicking the Hit button will deal you an additional card.

Stand

Clicking on the stand button will keep your hand at its current value.

Split

If your first two cards are of the same value, for example you get dealt 9,9 or Q,K then you will be given the opportunity to split them into two seperate hands, placing a second wager of equal value.

There are only two exceptions when the cards you split are aces. Each of the hands can only receive one card each and if the total of one of the hands is 21 it is considered 21, not Blackjack.

Double

When you have been dealt two cards and believe that a third card will give you the position to beat the dealer's hand then you have the option to "double". Your wager is doubled and you are allowed to hit and receive just one additional card.

Insurance

Insurance gives the player a chance to protect himself when he believes the dealer might have Blackjack. If the dealerís first card is an ace, he is considered to have a fair chance of getting Blackjack. If the player believes the dealerís hole card (face down) value is 10, the player may purchase insurance against dealer Blackjack at the price of half their initial bet.

If the dealer does have Blackjack, the insurance pays 2 to 1, which corresponds to the amount of the initial bet. If the player has bought insurance and the dealer does not have Blackjack, the player loses his insurance.

The playerís initial bet is then settled by comparing his cards with the dealerís. If the dealer and the player both have Blackjack, the game results in a push.