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A Quick Blackjack Glossary
One of the great things about blackjack is how simple it is to pick up the rules. Poker has a lot of hands to memorize: it's trivial if you already know them, but if you don't, it can take a few plays. Blackjack has a quicker learning curve. But, like any game or sport, it also has its fair share of lingo. Take a quick look through our blackjack glossary to learn these terms. Some are just specialized names for actions; others are unique to blackjack. But all of them will help you understand the game better - and play it better.
Even money is available to a player with a blackjack in hand when the dealer is showing an ace. A player can take even money to immediately receive a 1:1 payout. It eliminates the risk of losing chips from a push (a tie) if the dealer also has blackjack. Even money mitigates risk; declining it offers a greater possible payout, but a chance at a total loss.
A blackjack table, virtual or in-person, can accommodate several blackjack players at once. The dealer plays with each player separately and simultaneously. The player to the left of the dealer is on first base, and receives cards first.
Aces are worth either one or eleven in blackjack. A hand without an ace valued at eleven is called a hard hand, because it has a hard value.
In most casino variants of blackjack, the dealer's second card is dealt face down. That's the hole card. The dealer can look at it, but the player won't see it until the end of the hand.
A player can buy insurance when the dealer is showing an ace card. Insurance is a side bet of up to half the value of the original bet, and it pays 2:1. The player wins the side bet if the dealer has blackjack, and loses otherwise. Insurance hedges risk, but lowers maximum possible returns.
These terms might not mean much to you if you haven't played much blackjack. To really master them, you should play a little bit. The Atlantic City Blackjack game on Jackpotjoy is a great way to get more familiar with the game - whether you're playing for fun or real money, you'll have the chance to try out insurance or take even money firsthand. You'll learn to love or hate the holecard, and yearn for the flexibility a hard hand won't give you.
Plus, you can enjoy other features unique to Atlantic City Blackjack - like the option to split three times instead of just twice, and to surrender late in the game if it's just not your hand. You'll never truly master blackjack without actually playing it, so give Atlantic City Blackjack on Jackpotjoy.com a try today.