that all of the playing decisions explained above
require no verbal communication with the dealer.
Hand signals are used to avoid any confusion due
to the noisy atmosphere in most casinos, and to
allow review of any disputed hands by surveillance
cameras, or by casino personnel observing play at
the other options listed here, this is relatively
rare, though surrender is available in a few casinos
in several parts of the country. The player is given
the option of surrendering half his original bet
instead of playing out the hand. If the player may
surrender before the dealer checks to see if he
has Online Blackjack Games, it's called "early
surrender," an extremely rare variation. More
commonly, the dealer collects all bets if he has
Online Blackjack Games, but if he does not, the
player may surrender half his bet. This is "late
the dealer's faceup card is an Ace, you'll be offered
insurance. You're making a side bet half the size
of your original wager that the dealer has a Online
Blackjack Games. If the dealer does have Online
Blackjack Games, insurance pays two to one. If you
win the insurance bet and lose the hand, you come
out even. For example, the player has a $10 bet
down and takes out $5 in insurance. If the dealer
has Online Blackjack Games, the player loses $10
on the original bet but wins $10 with the two to
one payoff on the insurance bet.
If you have
a Online Blackjack Games, you can take insurance
by calling "even money." This will result
in a profit equal to your original bet. Let's say
you bet $10 and are dealt a Online Blackjack Games.
The dealer has an Ace up. If you don't take insurance
and the dealer has a Online Blackjack Games, it's
a push-you don't lose your bet, but you don't win
anything either. Players who hate the idea of not
winning anything can take insurance and assure themselves
of winning the amount of their original bet-if you
win $10 on a $5 insurance bet, and push on your
original $10 bet, you've made $10.
All that being
said, insurance is a bad bet for the non-card counter.
It would be an even bet if there was a one in three,
or 33.33 percent probability that the dealer had
a 10-value card facedown. But l0s, jacks, Queens,
and Kings make up only 30.8 percent of the cards,
so skip the insurance.
Don't forget, Stay Out of Debt
you will use someone else's money to play poker. Whether
this is a good idea or a bad one depends on whose
money it is and how you get it.
money to play poker is not a good idea. It's hard
enough to play well when you are on tough money, that
is, money you already have, but need for another purpose,
like rent or food. As I noted in my book Casino Gambling
the Smart Way, "If you play with money you can't
afford to lose, you will lose." Playing perfect
poker often requires you to bet or raise with small
advantages: This practice makes money in the long
run but creates unacceptable fluctuations for the
inadequately capitalized player.