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Blackjack Terms

Action

Refers to the total amount of money bet within a specific time period. E.g. 10 bets of $25 each is $250 of action.

Anchor

The seat to the right of the dealer and normally the last seat taken.

Banker

The person in charge of betting and the money. They collect all the winnings and losses.

Bankroll

The available amount of money a player plans to bet with.

Basic Strategy

A strategy used to increase your advantage providing a player with the best way to play depending on the their cards and the dealers cards.

Blackjack

The name and objective of the game. To get the natural Blackjack you need 2 cards that´s total value equal 21.

Burn Cards

A single card taken from the top of the deck and discarded. Cards are burned after each shuffle.

Break

Another term for bust.

Bust

When the total value of your cards exceed 21.

Card Counting

Remembering the cards that have been dealt and discarded to help you work out the probability of the next card.

Counter

Someone who counts cards.

Cut

A way of splitting the deck and putting the cards back together.

Cut Card

A solid colored card that helps to cut the cards after a shuffle.

Deal

Handing out of the cards to the players at the table.

Discard Tray

Where the discarded cards are placed.

Double Down

The player places a second wager after being dealt their fist two cards. You may also receive only one more card. You are only able to Double Down on the first 2 cards. You are also able to "Double Down" after a split. Only do this if you are confident you can win the game.

Draw

When you get another card, in blackjack this is referred to as a hit.

Early Surrender

In Blackjack you can surrender your bet before the dealer looks for a Blackjack in their hand.

Even Money

In blackjack you can choose to take your pay if you have a natural hand and the dealer is holding an ace. The dealer doesn´t look at their cards and you´ll get a 1 to 1 on the payout.

Face Cards

In Blackjack the jacks, queens and kings are known as the face cards. Their value is equal to 10.

Face Down Game

In this game 1 card is dealt face up and the other face down.

Face Up Game

In this game all the cards are dealt face up.

First Base

This refers to the first seat on the left of the dealer.

Hard Hand

Also known as a Hard Total. It´s a hand with an ace where the ace is counted as a 1.

Heads Up or Heads On

Where the game consists of you and the dealer.

Hit

When you request an additional card to help you towards the objective of 21.

Hole Card

The card that is dealt face down to the dealer.

Pair

Two cards of the same numerical value

Pat Hand

A hand with a total between 17 and 21.

Point Count

This is a card counting term referring to the net value of the cards counted at the end of a hand.

Push

A tie between the player and the dealer.

Running Count

Also a card counting term referring to the count from the beginning of the deck or shoe. The running count is updated by the value of the point count after each hand.

Settlement

The resolving of the bet. The dealer either takes your chips, pays you, or in the case of a push, no exchange of chips occurs.

Shoe

A device that holds up to 8 decks of cards allowing the dealer to slide out the cards one by one.

Soft Hand

It´s a hand with an ace where the ace is counted as a 11.

Stand

If you "stand" it means you are happy with the total of your 2 cards and you don´t want to add any more cards.

Surrender

A rule in casino where a player can choose to discontinue playing after being dealt their first 2 cards. The player will also lose half of the money wagered.

True Count

Another card counting term referring to an adjustment made to account for the number of cards left in the deck or shoe to be played. (A card counting term.)

 

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