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Blackjack Glossary of Terms: Everything You Need to Know to Play

In order to be an informed and successful blackjack player, you must know the relevant terminology.

The following is a detailed overview of the most relevant blackjack terminology every player should be familiar with before playing online blackjack.




a starting hand that is a natural winner equaling 21

Burn Card

the first card that the dealer places facedown and separates from the game at the start of a shoe


the result of the player’s hand or dealer’s hand going over a total of 21, represents an automatic losing hand

Bust Card

a dealer’s ‘up’ card that makes their hand highly likely to bust, mostly considered to be a 4, 5 or 6

Double Down

an opportunity for players to double their wager by taking an additional card, typically done in favorable spots such as a player 11 against a dealer bust card

Even Money

also known as blackjack insurance, players can request this on their blackjack if they tie with the dealer instead of the standard 3:2 payout

Flat Betting

a conservative method of continuously placing the same bet amount each hand.

First Base

the player to the left side of the dealer that is dealt the first card of a hand

Hard Hand

a hand that contains no Ace


a play made when a player is not satisfied with their hand against the dealer’s up card that involves the player taking an additional card

Hole Card

the dealer’s facedown card

House Edge

the implicit edge that the house carries on any given hand, typically observed as 97.5% RTP


when a player is dealt a perfect 21 for blackjack


when the dealer and player(s) tie by having the same card total in their hands.

Soft 17

a hand composed of an Ace and a 6 that requires a specific action by the dealer depending on the blackjack variation being played


a play that can be made if players are dealt a pair, allowing them to split these two cards into separate hands


the equivalent of giving up on a hand as a player and receiving half your wager back

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