Dictionary

Blackjack: The two card hand made up of an Ace and a 10. You normally receive premium odds on your bet for a Blackjack hand from the casino.

Basic Strategy: A computer devised set of rules for players who do not track cards giving them an optimized way to play which is also referred to as the zero-sum strategy.

Bet Sizing: Optimizing your bet in relation to your advantage at the table.

Burn Card: This is the card removed from the top of the pack after shuffling and before dealing the cards.

Bust: When the card total exceeds 21.

Buy-In: Exchanging cash for chips at the Blackjack table.

Card Counting: when a player uses a system to track which cards have been dealt in order to gain an advantage over the casino.

Double Down: A player doubles his bet and receives only one more card.

Eighty-Six: This refers to a player being barred from a casino.

Free Roll: A no risk scenario.

Hard Total: A hand total where no ace is counted as worth 11 points.

Hit: Requesting another card from the dealer.

Hole Card: The card that the dealer keeps face down until all the players have played their hands.

Face Cards: a jack, queen or King.

First Base: The player seated on the dealer’s extreme left who is dealt to first and begins play first.

Natural: An alternative term for a Blackjack hand with an Ace and a 10.

Pat Hand: Where a player has a hand valued at 17 or greater.

Pays the Table: The dealer busts, resulting in every player at the table winning.

Push: Where the player and the dealer have the same hand value resulting in a tie.

Peek: Looking at a card.

Press: Players may increase their bets if the action at the table heats up a lot creating enthusiasm.

ROR: This is an abbreviation of the term Risk or Ruin where a mathematical risk is made of losing your total bankroll.

Rc: The running count which is adjusted for the decks remaining.

Round: A completed hand of play where all players have acted.

Soft Hand: Where a hand counts the ace as having the value of 11.

Stand: Stop requesting cards from the dealer.

Steaming: A player attempts to make up losses by betting higher amounts of money than usual.

Surrender: In some casinos a player can forfeit half of his bet and throw in his hand in what he perceives to be a difficult situation.

Six Shoe Deck: Where the game is played with six decks of 52 cards dealt from a ‘shoe’.

Shoe: This device holds the decks of cards and is situated to the left of the dealer.

Up Card: The dealer’s card which is face up.

Wonging: an interesting term named after a certain Stanford Wong who only placed bets when the cards were positive. A positive count is when the remaining cards in the decks have a high percentage of high value cards.