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A Beginner's Glossary of Blackjack Terms

Every new player will need to learn the lingo used in blackjack. Every true blackjack virtuoso will not only learn the game inside out but will also speak the language of the game. You will hear these terms used often enough to become familiar with them.

Here's a short list of terms that beginners can refer to as they encounter different words used in blackjack lingo.

Anchorman (or third base man) is our first blackjack term. It refers to the player seated at the very last chair on the right hand side of the dealer. The anchorman is also the last player to make wagers and make moves in blackjack.

Our next term is first base man. This is the opposite of the anchorman position at a blackjack table. This refers to the player to the far right, first seat, on the dealer's left. This designates the first player to make moves and wagers in blackjack.

Barring is a term that means to refuse a player from playing a game of blackjack.

Blackjack is the name of this game and also refers to an initial hand that has a perfect total of 21 (otherwise known as a natural).

Bust refers to getting a hand total beyond 21 points.

Dealer, of course, refers to the casino employee dealing cards, awarding winnings, and collecting wagers from losing players.

Double Down is a blackjack move where you hit one time and double your bet.

Hit is the term used when you take another card to add to the cards currently in your hand.

Stand is the opposite of hit in blackjack, which means to stop taking any additional card.

Early Surrender is a term that refers to an option at certain tables where you can give up half of your bet before the dealer checks for a blackjack. You thereby lose only half of your original wager if ever the dealer does have a blackjack.

Flat betting refers to making the same amount of wagers every single time.

Hard hand is a term referring to a hand that doesn't have an Ace.

Soft hand is the opposite of a hard hand referring to a hand that does have an Ace.

Head to head is a game where you are the only player engaging the dealer in blackjack.

Hole card is the dealer's face down card, which will be revealed later when the dealer plays his hand.

Up card is the dealer's up face card that everyone is allowed to see.

Insurance is a side bet in case the dealer has a blackjack causing you to break even (if the dealer does have a blackjack).

Push refers to a tie, which means you get your wager returned for returned.

Shoe refers to the box containing decks of cards to be dealt. You can refer to these terms in case you forget one or hear something new. This short list of blackjack terms will help beginners learn the language of the game.

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