are several other instances where surrender is a valuable
option, but they'll be dealt with in the section on
-- After splitting cards, a player, when he receives
another card on either hand, can then double down.
For example, suppose that a player splits a pair of
8s, which is a smart play. And suppose that he receives
a 3 on the first 8 for a total of 11. He would then
be able to double down that hand, a very valuable
This rule is featured at several of the Strip casinos
that have multiple-deck games, such as Bally's and
-- More and more of the Strip casinos do not permit
their dealers to peek at the hole card until all the
players have acted on their hands first. In some casinos
the dealer does not get a second card until all the
players have acted first. In other words, an up card
is dealt for all the players to see, then the dealer
deals himself another card after play is through,
and acts upon his own hand.
In either case the casino is eliminating a problem
area for itself. When a dealer is forced to peek at
his or her hole card if the up card is an ace or ten,
two things can happen that might hurt the casino.
First, the dealer may inadvertently disclose a "tell,"
or give away the value of that card by taking a long
look at a four, for example, which resembles an ace
in markings. Or an inexperienced or sloppy dealer
may show the hole card to a player sitting at either
end of the table, usually in the first seat. And there
are instances where the dealer, in collusion with
a player, will disclose the value of the hole card
to his agent by some sort of hidden signal.
For the above reasons, the casino prefers that the
dealer not receive a second card or not peek at his
or her second card, the hole card.
It should now be assumed that the vast majority of
casinos on the Strip do not permit their dealers to
peek at the hole card.
is an umbrella term for a large group of physical
gestures or comments that give away more information
than you intend. Someone who invariably holds his
breath when bluffing has a tell, as does someone who
gently slides his chips into a pot when he has a big
hand. A truly reliable tell is worth its weight in
gold; it's so valuable, in fact, that you probably
should not expect your friends to inform you if they
have one on you.