Surrender Blackjack

Surrender Blackjack is a form of blackjack that is widely used both within online casinos and bricks and mortar casinos and it gives the player the chance to surrender the hand immediately after the deal or in other words the dealer does the initial deal including their own up card and then gives the players the opportunity to surrender their hands immediately. If you think that you really stand no chance of winning this option could save you a little money as you will only lose half your stake whereas when continuing to play you may lose your whole stake. The obvious drawback is that even though the dealer might have what appears to be a strong hand and you have what appears to be a weak hand once you have surrendered you are out of the hand regardless of what happens.

There are of course players who have worked out the odds and chances and can tell you exactly what the statistics suggest you do in each situation but this can vary according to the number of decks that are in play, whether doubling is allowed, whether the dealer stops on soft/hard 17 or even if you are allowed to double after a split. As you can imagine with so many variables there will be so many different strategies to play but one thing that is common is that they all tell you that surrendering is a bad thing and should only be done as a last resort. There is nothing wrong with the game surrender blackjack and many enjoy the ability to get out early but when you do surrender, make sure that you know why you are doing it.

There really is no golden rule at this game but you should normally only surrender if you have a total of 16 and the dealer has a 9, 10 or Ace meaning that you are assessing your chances of improving your hand without busting as small and you are also assuming that the dealer is likely to receive a large second card. Additionally you might want to consider that you also surrender when you have a total of 15 and the dealer has a ten but as we all know having a ten or an ace does not guarantee a winning hand against 16. The alternative play is to hold on 16 and hope that the dealer goes bust. There are very few circumstances under which we would recommend a surrender but we appreciate that it is very difficult not to especially after a bad run of cards showing 13,14 because it becomes very tempting to save at least half your bet instead of losing it all but try to bear in mind that the chance of the dealer getting bad cards is the same as is it for you. Your first card is not always the best but can turn out to be very profitable later in the game. This rule also applies when your first card is good and think that you are in for a winner until you see your second card that changes the whole situation so think hard about blackjack surrender before giving up.

Surrender blackjack is played in exactly the same way as regular blackjack and the surrender option may be be the only option or it may be combined with other bonus blackjack options. Surrender blackjack is sometimes also known as Atlantic City blackjack which is in itself a form of Vegas Strip blackjack but with the surrender option but in fact a surrender option can be added to any of the blackjack games. Paddy Power casino has surrender blackjack as an option on the standard blackjack game only whereas Ladbrokes casino has it covered under the Atlantic City blackjack banner which also provides insurance. If you are unfamiliar with any of these terms then please look at our how to play blackjack pages. Party casino offers the surrender option on all the blackjack games and does not consider it to be a separate game and on 888 casino you need to look at the game rules for each blackjack game as it varies depending upon whether your are playing instant casino or download casino.