Terminology of Blackjack, the popular online casino game

Glossary of terms used in Blackjack, the forever-popular online casino game.

Also known as Pontoon or Twenty One, Blackjack holds a well-deserved title as one of the most popular online casino games. Although it suffered certain alterations in order to suit the taste of Americans, the original form of the game is still played in certain areas in the US.

There are many variations of blackjack nowadays, most of them based on the classic version of the game.

The classic version of the game is played with one regular deck of cards which is shuffled before each game.

Blackjack is preferred for its simplicity and uniqueness, as well as for the classy and stylish in which it is usually played.

If you want to be part of the crowd who enjoys playing Blackjack, then make sure you get familiar with the lingo.

Here is a blackjack reference guide:

Anchor – the last player who is seated to the dealer’s right is called an anchor.
Bankroll – this is the whole total amount that a player can use to make bets
Basic strategy – the simplest method which a player can memorize in order to maximize his winning chances. It basically consists of a set of plays.
Blackjack – a hand of two cards that total 21
Breaking hand – a hand that will exceed a 21 with a one-card-hit. For ex: a hard 12 to 16.
Burn cards – the action of taking the cards on top of the deck and discarding them after the deck has been shuffled
Bust – to achieve a hand that totals more than 21, and thus lose the game
Cut – the action of splitting the deck of cards before being dealt, but after they have been shuffled Card counting – a player’s ability to count and memorize the order of cards, in order to determine how many high cards remained in the deck. By counting them, the player can have an advantage over the house.
(To) Deal – to hand out cards to the participants in the game
Discard tray – in land-based casinos only – a tray situated on the right side of the dealer in which played cards are being placed
Double Down – double your original bet, but only getting hit by one card
To draw – to request additional cards
Even money – cashing in a bet when the player has a natural blackjack and the dealer is showing an Ace
Face cards – Jacks, Queens and Kings
Face down game – a game in which the first card is faced up and the second one – faced down
Face up game – both cards are dealt face up
First base – the first seat to the dealer’s left
Hard count – true face value of the cards
Hard hand – total – a hand that doesn’t contain an Ace or a hand that contains an Ace that counts as a 1 due to the other card’s value
Heads up – a game played only between one player and the dealer
Hit – to request another card
Hole card – a card faced down
Insurance – the possibility of betting half of the total of the player’s original bet against the dealer having a natural 21. This offer is only available if the dealer shows an Ace. If the dealer does have a natural – it pays double. If not – the player loses all.
Late surrender – if the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack, the player can surrender
Natural – a hand of two cards that total 21. It counts as an automatic win
Pat – a hand that totals between 17 and 21
Point count – for players who use the card counting method, it refers to the net value of the card count at the end of each round
Press – to increase the wager
Push – a tie between a player and the dealer. Usually the player keeps this bet.
Running count – for players who use the card counting method, it means to count from the beginning of the deck, adjusted to the value of the point count
Running Count – for players who use the card counting method, it means to count from the beginning of the deck, adjusted to the value of the point count
Shoe – in land based casinos only – a box in which the game cards are held
Shuffle up – premature shuffling in order to not allow card counting
Soft hand – a hand that contains an Ace
Split hand – a hand that contains two identical face cards which you can split into two independent hands
Standing hand – a hand that contains two identical face cards which you can split into two independent hands
Standing hand – a hand worth a hard 17 or more on which the player is recommended to stand in order to not bust
Stand / stay – to not request any other cards
Stiff hand – a hand with small winning chances
Surrender – to give up on your hand and lose just half of what you bet
Third base – last seat at the dealer’s right
Toke – tip to the dealer
True count – a card counting system where the running count is adjusted to suit the number of cards remained in the deck
Up card – the dealer’s first card that is faced up