if a player splits aces, he can only receive one more
card on each ace after splitting them.
These are standard rules in all Strip casinos, making
it the most liberal place in America to play Online
There are even more liberal rules available, applicable
in certain casinos. At times we'll mention the names
of individual casinos, but rules change rapidly, and
you should always inquire about the rules of the particular
club you're playing in.
-- Surrender is allowed. This means that the player
may, if he doesn't care to play out his hand, surrender
his hand and give up half his bet as a lost bet. He
may do this only on the original first two cards dealt.
Once a hand is drawn to, it cannot be surrendered.
This rule is allowed in several casinos, such as the
Dunes, Caesars Palace, and the Aladdin. Some casinos
display a printed notice at each table that surrender
is allowed; others don't. A player has to inquire
about this rule, for many times, even if it's allowed,
there is nothing on the table to suggest that it's
The surrender option is definitely to the advantage
of a player, especially if he's counting cards. When
a deck is super favorable for him, which means that
there are many 10s and aces remaining in the deck,
and he's dealt 10, 6 while the dealer shows a 10 as
his up card, surrender could be quite profitable.
With favorable situations, the card counter will have
a large bet out. In this situation, he's doomed. If
he hits, he'll probably bust. If he stands, the dealer
will almost certainly have a hand above 17. So, instead
of losing his entire bet, the player can surrender
his 16 and lose only half his bet.
has taken us years to develop a picture of how the
world works and whether we're comfortable with that
picture or not, reshaping it can be an unsettling
you bother spending much more time with this chapter,
ask yourself if you're willing to reexamine old assumptions
or beliefs you have about both yourself and the way
the world works. If the answer is yes, please keep
reading. If the answer is no, you might do well to
abandon the idea of playing poker for all but the
lowest stakes because the odds of your succeeding