7 Blackjack Terms You Should Know

Blackjack is one of the most fun and straightforward casino games out there for beginners and experienced players alike. 

If you’re firing up your laptop to play a few rounds of this timeless casino game, it doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the particular terms of the game. After all, there’s nobody around to judge you or your decisions.

However, if you decide to stroll right into your local land-based casino, there are a couple of key blackjack casino terms you should know so that you don’t feel lost while sitting at the table.


Let’s jump straight in!


1. Double Down

One of the four main options that you’ll face when playing your first two cards.

In blackjack, you will double down when you place an additional bet on top of the initial wager in the middle of a hand in return for an extra card. In many situations, this involves doubling the amount of the original wager, hence the word “double.”

According to the basic blackjack strategy, if your cards total 11, or if you have a 9 or 10 when the dealer’s up card is lower, you should double down.

Doubling can only be done by players and is one of the most advantageous rules for all players. It’s also a critical way of winning at blackjack.

2. Hit 

If you choose to ‘hit’ in a game of blackjack, you are making the decision that you’d like to have another card dealt to you by the dealer to try to improve your current hand. It can be carried out as many times as you’d like until the card total exceeds 21.

Your decision about whether to ‘hit’ or not comes down to knowing the value of every card in your hand in addition to having an understanding of generic blackjack rules.

In a land-based casino, you can indicate that you want to hit by simply tapping on the table or verbalizing your request. In an online casino, all you need to do is click the ‘hit’ button.

3. Stand

To ‘stand’ in a game of blackjack is to make the decision not to take any extra cards. It essentially marks the moment when a player decides to maintain a total and end their turn, subsequently freezing (or locking) the value of their hand for the round.

This move is usually carried out if you believe that you have the power to beat the dealer. It’s also a good move when taking an additional card would increase the risk of a bust occurring.

A stand can be signified by waving your hand horizontally in a land-based casino or hitting the ‘stand’ button in an online casino.

4. Split

This occurs when you hold two cards of the same number in your hand, such as two sixes or two eights, and decide to split them apart and play them as two separate hands. If you do this, you must then place a second wager on the new hand you have just created (this must be equal to the starting bet!)

Then, the dealer will deal out another card for both hands and you’ll need to proceed to make your hit/stand decisions as you always do.

5. Bust

The idea of blackjack is to get to a total that is as close to 21 as possible without going bust (that is, without exceeding a hand value of 21). 

When a player or a dealer’s hand exceeds a total of 21, they are bust. When a player busts they will automatically lose the bet and the value of their hand, and the dealer’s hand has no significance. If the dealer busts, however, the player’s hands still in the game will win.

6. Insurance Bet

In blackjack, an insurance bet is an optional side bet that is only offered if the dealer’s up card is an ace. It’s a sort of insurance against the dealer’s hand being a ‘blackjack’ if their second card has a total value of 10. 

This special side bet allows players to stake half of their original wager against the potential of a dealer hitting a natural blackjack, and typically pays 2 to 1. So, if the dealer does turn out to have blackjack, the player will win the amount of money on their original wager but won’t lose money on the round.

7. House Edge

This is the mathematical advantage that a set of blackjack rules provides to the casino over the player. A house edge is typically presented as a percentage. 

In a game of blackjack against players with a pretty decent knowledge of how to apply blackjack strategy, the house edge is usually just a little over 1%. In terms of the game, this means that for every $100 you choose to gamble, you will lose $1.

Blackjack is one of the best casino games for this purpose as it offers players a lower-risk way of betting.



So there you have it – 7 blackjack terms you should know. Hopefully, the next time you try your hand at this casino game, you’ll understand exactly what’s going on so you can blend in with the pros.

the authorABHIYAN
Abhiyan Chhetri is a cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Abhiyan is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.