The players take turns deciding how to play their hands. Players have the following options which decide whether to win or lose.
Hit: Draw Tab
By drawing more cards you want to get as close as possible to the best score of 21 points. If you are not satisfied with the sum of the two cards dealt, you can take another card. Then you add up the card values again and can take more cards until you get exactly 21 or you have “overbought” yourself with more than 21 points. It is called “Bust”. Anyone who buys in excess loses their bet, no matter what the dealer has. So sometimes it’s better to settle for less than risk a bust.
In face-down games, the player signals a hit by scratching the table with his cards. Oral statements alone are often not accepted, because in case of doubt a video surveillance decides and relies on clear gestures.
Hand signal: Touch the table with your flat hand next to the cards
Stand: Standing Still Without Drawing A Board.
If you stop, you will no longer draw cards in the hope that the current amount will beat the dealer. In a one-deck or two-club game, the cards are dealt face down under the bet.
Hand signal: with flat hand on “Stop” signal or rub back and forth in the air over the “Wipe” table
You can double your original bet and then only get one more card regardless of the card’s value.
Some casinos limit doubling to hands where the first two cards are 10 or 11. Other casinos allow you to double any two cards.
In the event of a doubling up, another bet at the level of the original bet is pushed into its scope. In a face down game, the first two cards must also be revealed at this point.
If the first two cards have the same value, you can place a second bet and split the pair. Then each card will be the first card in a separate hand.For example, if two 8s are awarded, you can signal that you want to split with a second bet equal to the first.
The dealer separates the 8s and then places a second card on the first 8. You play this hand in the normal way until you stop or overbuy yourself. Then the dealer places a second card on the second 8 and that hand is played.
Hand signal: point your index and middle fingers on the pair of cards (peace sign upside down)
Insurance can be taken out for half of the original assignment. If the dealer has Blackjack, the payout is 2: 1. Since you lose a dealer’s blackjack hand at the same time, you don’t lose your hand to the insurance company in this case.
Many retailers advise players to take out insurance if the player has blackjack. In this case, you get “Even Money” and just a simple win, instead of the usual 3: 2 payout for blackjack.