Basic Blackjack Strategies – Surrender

  • Surrender

 

 

Surrender is a blackjack strategy that varies depending on the table rules and the type of blackjack being played.

A player may surrender when he believes he has little chance of winning the hand, so he gets to keep half the amount of his original bet, when otherwise he would probably lose the entire amount.

Blackjack tables allow one of two forms of surrender: early or late. Early surrender occurs before the dealer checks for blackjack, while late surrender occurs afterwards. Late is the most common at online casinos.

Any regular blackjack player will find that some hands have a low probability of resulting in a win. And while some players enjoy the thrill of attempting to turn the game in their favour, even though it may not be the best option, most seek consistent results over time. For the latter, surrendering proves to be a useful tactic that helps to stay in the game longer and play more advantageous hands.

Looking at a late surrender, here are some strategies you can apply.

  • When you get 14

Surrender in single deck blackjack against a 10 from the dealer.
If the dealer gets a soft 17 (a blackjack hand of 17 with an Ace) in single deck blackjack, surrender with 7+7 in front of an Ace from the dealer.

 

  • When you get 15

Surrender in single deck or two deck blackjack if the dealer has an Ace in his possession and you get a soft 17 if your hand is 9+6 or 10+5.
With 4 to 8 decks, always surrender in the presence of a 10 in addition to Aces whenever the dealer gets a soft 17.

 

  • When you get 16

In single deck or two deck blackjack, surrender to the dealer’s 10 or Ace.