Blackjack Glossary

Bust: Either the dealer or a player having a total over 21 resulting in an automatic loss.

Double/Double Down: After having the first two cards dealt, a player can double their original bet and be allowed to draw only one additional card. Some casinos only allow this when the first two cards total between 8 and 11.

First Base: The position located immediately to the Dealer’s left.

Hard Hand: Any hand that contains an ace where the ace is being counted as 1.
Hit: To request another card from the Dealer
Holecard: The Dealer’s second card which is dealt face down.

Insurance: If the Dealer’s first card is an ace, a player can choose to ‘buy insurance’ by placing a side bet of half the value of the original bet. If the Dealer has Blackjack, the player gets back both the original and ‘insurance’ bet. If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, the player loses the ‘insurance’ wager.

Push: The player and Dealer having the same hand resulting in a tie. The players original wager is returned.

Soft: Any hand that contains an ace where the ace is being valued as 11.
Split: If a player is dealt two card of the same rank, they can be split and played as two separate hands. This requires doubling the original bet.
Stand: To stop receiving card from the Dealer.
Surrender: Abandon your original hand and receive half your wager back.

Third Base: The playing position immediately to the right of the Dealer.

Upcard: The Dealer’s card which is dealt face up.