Terms and Lingo
|Ever walk into a Blackjack game, think you know
it all, and suddenly realize that everyone at your table is speaking a completely
Were not talking about people speaking Chinese or French, were talking about
people speaking their own Blackjack lingo. Well, fear not Blackjack experts, weve
got some terminology for you to learn so you can finally find out if the other players at
your table are talking trash about you.
Definitely dont trust your instincts on this one; its not what you think. A
Blackjack player thats playing first base is essentially the first player to receive
cards. Generally if a table is playing to the optimal strategy, theyll put the
newbie at first base to keep him/her from screwing up their cards.
Nope, not Will Ferrell. The anchorman in Blackjack is one of the most important roles at a
full table. This player will be seated closest the players right and is the player dealt
last right before the dealer. Therefore, his choices can impact the performance of the
dealer the most. Players get vex if the anchorman makes a dumb move that could help the
dealer and hurt the whole table, regardless if they made money off it or not. If you ever
hear a collective groan when you hit on 16 and the dealers showing 6, youll
know that youre the anchorman.
5 or 6 or 7 Card Charlie
We like to call this one why does God hate me? because it means five or six or
seven cards totaling 21. We barely see a player pull a 21 like this. But the dealer? All
the time. If this happens to you more than once during one sitting at a table kindly move
elsewhere and call in a priest to exorcise that table and the dealer.
You wont be able to bet a buck per hand at every casino you walk into, so we suggest
knowing what the buy in is before you sit down and make yourself look stupid in front of a
high rollers trophy wife. Youll generally see Buy In: is $$$$ in
front of every table, check it out if you have your limits.
Bust means you went over 21. Once that happens we suggest you stop asking for another hit.
If the first two cards the dealer gives you arent close enough to 21 tapping your
finger near your cards or saying hit me to the dealer will make him give you
another. Trust us; he wont smoke you in the face (unless youve been a jerk).
Doubling the initial bet and receiving one more card. No more hits can be taken after
Doubling Down. Double Down is often restricted to the player's first two cards. However,
some casinos allow players to Double Down after splitting a pair. We feel the best time to
double down is when you have a total of 11.
Dealers in some casinos will sometimes ask customers to cut the deck with a blank, plastic
card before they start to deal.
A game of Blackjack where you play the game against the dealer one on one. Generally you
have to pay a pretty buy-in order to get this opportunity.
A bet you place when the dealer's face up card is an Ace. You place half of your initial
bet against the dealer having a natural blackjack. If the dealer has a natural 21 the bet
doubles, if not it is lost.
When the two initial cards equal in value you may split them and play them as two separate
We hope you know this one but thought itd be good to finish with anyway. Blackjack
is essentially when you get 21 but with an Ace and a face card, some casinos pay a little
extra if you hit this, so hit it often.
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