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Surrendering at blackjack

9 June 2012

More and more casinos are offering the player option of "surrender". This is a very good move for the player. For example, if you were holding a hand totaling 16 and the dealer showed a 10 up card, you have a 77 percent chance of losing that hand. By surrendering, you throw your hand in and in return the dealer takes only half your bet. This leaves you with funds to play the next round. I've had dealers say to me, "You're here to gamble and by surrendering you are not playing at all." Don't worry about what is said; surrendering is a good option for the player.

Any time the dealer has a 10 or ace, he will offer the players the option of insurance. At the same time, in some casinos surrender will be allowed.

There are two types of surrender. The first is "early" surrender. With this option the dealer offers players the option to surrender their hands before he looks at his down card. The second method is to offer "late" surrender. In this case the dealer looks at his down card, and if he does not have a blackjack will then allow any player to surrender. Early surrender is best because you get to surrender your hand and get half your bet back even if the dealer has a blackjack. In the second method, if the dealer has a blackjack you get no option and you lose your entire bet without being offered surrender.

Which hands do you surrender? There are some variations depending on your skill level (card counter versus non-counter), but for basic strategy you should always surrender 9,7 or 10,6 versus dealer's 9, 10, Ace; 9,6 or 10,5 versus dealer's 10.

Forget what the dealer or other players might say. You are there to win the money, not to "play the game."

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel