Blackjack Late vs Early Surrender

Date Published: January 22, 2016

As players experience different blackjack games when playing online, they will find that some variations of the game will allow for players to use a surrender option following the deal of the first two cards. This option is used when players feel they have a very small chance of winning the hand. The great advantage of using a surrender option is that players will retain half of the amount of the bet that has originally been placed instead of playing out the entire hand and losing the full bet amount. There are two different types of surrender that are offered with online blackjack games, the Late Surrender and Early Surrender.

With the Late Surrender, players can surrender the hand for half of the original bet after the dealer checks their hand to make sure a natural blackjack has not been dealt. If the dealer does have a blackjack, this option cannot be used. This surrendering option does slightly alter the house edge of the game and provides players with a bit of an advantage. There are different times in which this option should be used. If the dealer has an Ace or 10 and the player has a hand of 15 or 16, the option should be exercised. It should also be used with the dealer showing an Ace and the player holding a 17 hand.

With the Early Surrender option, players can surrender the hand to save half of the bet immediately following the dealing of the original cards. Players will not have to wait for the dealer to check for a natural blackjack with this option. This option is very beneficial to the player because it is available regardless of what the dealer or player is holding for a hand. This great option also lowers the house edge, which is always a benefit. While this option sounds like a great choice all of the time, there are two instances when it should not be used. One is when playing a single deck game and the dealer has a 4 and 10 or a 5 and 9 and the player holds a 10 card. The other is with 2 deck blackjack, when the dealer holds a 4 and 10 and the player holds a 10.

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