Blackjack is one of the most popular card games, which is reflected by its omnipresence at virtually every major casino around the world. It is a card game that is fairly easy for even beginners to learn, and studies have shown that the player has some of the best odds to win against the house during this game. Insurance is a relatively complex concept within the game of Blackjack, and requires some understanding of the basic game to grasp. This guide will walk the reader through some core concepts of the game that will help elucidate the philosophy being incorporating insurance bets without different rounds of Blackjack.
Core Concepts Behind Blackjack Bets
The rules for Blackjack are fairly simple at its core. The dealer will dole out two cards to every player, with the first card being traditionally dealt face down and the second face up. For future reference, the face down card is usually referred to as a “hole card”. The players can look at their cards to see their opening hand before any bets are placed. The objective of the game is to get as close to or on a sum total of 21 based on the cards the player holds in their hand. If the player lands exactly on 21, this is known as a Blackjack hand and is considered the best possible combination of cards in the game.
Bets are placed at multiple times throughout each game, and insurance in Blackjack is one method of placing such a bet. Traditional Blackjack bets are placed down after the initial hand is dealt, and may occur again as additional cards is being passed around to players. These rules may vary at different casinos around the world, but the core concept is typically the same.
Why Should You Place an Insurance Bet?
After the initial hand is dealt, players will have the option to hit or stand. Standing involves keeping the hand as it is, after which the total will be compared to other players. If the playing chooses to hit, they will be delivered another card face up for other players to view in addition to the face card in the opening round.
Insurance comes into play in the game when the initial hands are dealt, but before the dealer has revealed their own hole card. The main concept of the bet is that the dealer has blackjack in his hand. The bet specific revolves around the dealer’s hand, and will be won or lost independent of whatever hand the player has ready.
Strategies for using Insurance in Blackjack
In most casinos, an insurance bet pays off at a ratio of 2:1. This means that however much money the player puts down on the bet, he will double that amount in winnings if the dealer is holding a blackjack hand. If this is the case, you may see the payoff written somewhere on the table at which you’re playing the game. If you sit down at a Blackjack table in a casino, you may see something on the table that says “Insurance pays off Two to One”. This would be your cue that an insurance bet will pay off at the standard rate.
In most versions of Blackjack, this is considered a relatively risky bet that has a low chance of payoff. This is because landing exactly at 21 (to hold a Blackjack) is a rare occurrence for any player, and the dealer is no different. Therefore, it is rare that you’ll see this type of bet placed in most games and isn’t usually considered a smart move to make for novice players.
Finally, more experienced players may understand subtle cues that an insurance bet may be appropriate in a game they are playing. For instance, when the dealer is showing a face card that is visible to players and it’s a high value card (such as a 10 or a King), then players may assume that the dealer is holding a pair of cards that comes close to getting a Blackjack. If the player suspects the dealer is holding Blackjack, then it would be a good idea to place an insurance bet. This will allow the player to hedge his main bet and prevent a total loss. This is the core concept behind placing an insurance bet, because ideally it will minimize losses during a round where dealer holds an unbeatable hand for the player.