Blackjack glossary

A Helpful Blackjack Glossary

Last updated : 06 September, 2020By Top10 Staff
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When you start to play Blackjack you might be a bit confused by all of the expressions being used around the table. It is easy enough to understand what is meant by a Blackjack or a 21 but then there are words and terms that could be specific for a certain casino. In this Blackjack glossary you will find some of the most common words used around the online blackjack table. The best online blackjack is easy and fun to play and you will quickly catch on to the game if you just play a few rounds. With free Blackjack you won’t even have to risk your money on the game so a good recommendation is to play for free while reading up on this Blackjack glossary to really get into the game!

Blackjack terms explained

Ace rich – When a game is ace rich it means that there are more aces than what would normally be possible in the deck or decks.


Bankroll – This is the money that a player has to gamble with, usually the money on deposit in the casino account


Blackjack – The name of the game but also the name of the very best hand, namely an Ace and a card worth ten. This hand is worth 21.


Burn card – This is the card that gets removed from a new deck as it is introduced into the game.


Bust – When you get more than 21 in a game of Blackjack, it is called "bust" and it means that you lose. Some call this "break."


Card counter – This is a player that pays attention to the cards and counts them by using a system also called card counting. Not so relevant in online Blackjack.


Dealer – This is the person that will deal the cards in the game, also called "croupier." Online this is done automatically and not by a human being.


Double down – This is when a player can double the bet before continuing the game.


Early surrender – The player quits and gets half the bet back.


Even money – When you win the same amount that you bet.


Flat bet – A flat bet is a bet that is being repeated for several hands in a row, the same size each time.


Face cards – The cards that are worth 10, namely the ten, the Jack, the Queen and the King.


High roller – A player that bets with large sums of money.


Hit – To draw a new card.

Hit means draw a new card

Hole card – The dealer’s card that is not open for all to see.


House – This is the casino.


Insurance – If the dealer has an Ace showing on the table it is possible to place an extra bet and take insurance in case the dealer gets a Blackjack.


Late Surrender – After seeing the dealer’s up card the player can give up and get half of his bet back. Should the dealer have a Blackjack the player loses his entire bet.


Natural – This means a Blackjack, 21 points on the initial deal.


Paint – This is a card with a picture, the Queen, the Jack or the King.


Push – When there is a draw between the player's hand and the dealer's hand. If this is the case, no one will lose.


Shoe – A box where the cards used in the game are stored.


Stand – This is when a player decides not to get more cards dealt.


Split – To split two cards of the same value into two new hands.


Surrender – This is when a player decides to give up on the hand; he will then lose half of his bet.


Up card – This is the dealer’s revealed card.


Whale – The biggest high rollers are also called whales.


21 – Blackjack is also called 21 since this is the goal of the game -- to get 21 points, that is.


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