Blackjack Surrender is yet another exciting variation of the traditional Blackjack game. From the very creation of the game several centuries ago somewhere in Italy, Blackjack has always been one of the most popular forms of entertainment. The game is so successful in attracting players, whether seasoned or novices, because it's titillating, fun, and potentially profitable. Europaplay players are in for a real treat with Blackjack Surrender!
How to Play 21 Blackjack Surrender
As in all online blackjack games at Europaplay, the way to start playing Blackjack Surrender online is by placing a bet. Just click a chip value then click the table.
In general, Blackjack Surrender follows the same rules as the standard Blackjack game with some minor distinctions which we will present below. The player's goal is to make a hand with the point total as close to 21 as possible, without exceeding this particular limit. In Blackjack, Aces count as either 1 or 11, face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) as 10, and number cards are worth their face value.
If you are dealt an ace and any ten-value card as your first two cards, it's considered blackjack and you win 1.5 times your bet, i.e., a 3:2 payout. Thus, if the original bet is $10, you will collect $25 on a blackjack. If the total value of your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer's, you win your initial bet amount, i.e., a 1:1 payout. So, if the original bet is $10, you will collect $20. If your total point value exceeds 21, you lose. In case both you and the dealer have the same point total, neither of you win (it’s a “push”).
When the dealer’s face-up card is an ace, you are given the option to insure your bet against the dealer having a blackjack. Insurance costs half of the amount you wager. If the dealer does not have blackjack, you forfeit the insurance wager you’ve made. If the dealer does have blackjack, unless you’ve got blackjack or a total of 21, you’ll lose your bet, but you’ll win the insurance bet. As written on the virtual felt of the 21 Blackjack Surrender table, insurance pays out at a rate of 2:1.
Blackjack Surrender Unique Dealer Rules
Despite the great resemblance to traditional Blackjack, Blackjack Surrender features a number of important tweaks to the rules that the standard game lacks. First and foremost, before you take any action on your hand you are allowed to surrender with your first two cards. If you choose to surrender, you will forfeit 50% of your bet but be able to reclaim the other 50% back into your bankroll. The game round will then be officially over.
Choosing to surrender is useful if you feel that you’ve got a complicated hand to play and the dealer’s face-up card is too difficult to beat. Rather than go through the motions and probably lose your full wager, the surrender option allows you to make lemons out of lemonade and at least recoup half of what you had bet.
Other unique Blackjack Surrender rules include:
A. You are not allowed to split a hand that was already split once (i.e., maximum 2 hands in play).
B. When splitting aces, you’re only allowed to draw one card.
C. You are allowed to double (in either or both hands) after splitting.
D. After each hand, the used cards are returned to the deck. Then, the deck is shuffled.
Blackjack Surrender Buttons and Key Points
A. Every click on a chip will increase your bet by the chip’s value.
B. Click Deal.
C. Whenever the dealer shows an Ace, you are offered insurance.
D. Click Hit, Stand, Split, or Double Down to take the appropriate action.
So be sure to remember the proper Blackjack Surrender strategies when starting to play the game for the first time. Beyond that, even if it’s your hundredth time playing it never hurts to review these sound Blackjack Surrender tips and strategies.