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Blackjack basic rules

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What to do the blackjack player:

  1. Doubles are permitted on any two-card hand except a blackjack.
  2. Doubles are permitted after splitting.
  3. Early surrender; the ability to forfeit half your wager against a face or ace before the dealer checks for blackjack.
  4. Normal (aka “late”) surrender.
  5. Resplitting Aces.
  6. Drawing more than one card against a split Ace.
  7. Five or more cards with the total still no more than 21 as an automatic win (a “Charlie”)

What not to do the blackjack player:

  1. Less than 3:2 payout on blackjacks (6:5 and even 1:1 payouts have become common, especially in single-deck games, in Las Vegas since about 2003)
  2. Dealer hits on soft seventeen (ace, six)
  3. Splitting a maximum of once (to two hands)
  4. Double down restricted to certain totals, such as 9-11 or 10,11
  5. Aces may not be resplit
  6. No-Peek (European) blackjack—player loses splits and doubles to a dealer blackjack
  7. Player losing ties

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