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International blackjack rules, do you know them?

Do you know the international blackjack rules? A somewhat strange question, because blackjack is played essentially the same everywhere. Nevertheless, as a Dutchman abroad, you may still encounter exceptions or special customs. We collected some examples of such international blackjack rules.

The basics of blackjack are the same everywhere

screenshot blackjack. do you know the international blackjack rules? Let's recap the basic rules very briefly. You are dealt two cards. So does the bank, one of which he keeps face down. Then you decide whether you want a new card (buy a card or hit) or whether you have enough cards (pass or stand).

The goal is to get closer than the bank to 21 points without going over (because then you are busted). In the best case, you have 21 points immediately with two cards (blackjack).

As soon as you don't want another card, it's the dealer's turn. He or she opens the second card and, depending on the value of the hand, takes one or more more cards. Whoever ends up closest to or on 21 points wins. A simple game, yet there are some international exceptions to it, as we show below.

Examples of different international blackjack rules

One of the rules that can vary from country to country, and which you should therefore pay attention to in the casino, is the surrender rule. With a surrender you decide not to play if you have a weak hand. For example, 15 or 16 points while the dealer's open card is a 9 or 10. You lose only half of your bet with such a surrender, making it a favorable rule. But it is a rule that is far from being used everywhere. And if it is used at all, it is by no means always in exactly the same way. At some casinos, for example, you are not allowed to surrender if the dealer has an Ace.

In quite a few American casinos, the so-called hole-card rule applies. If the dealer's open card is a 10, jack, queen, king or ace, the dealer "peers" into his hole card to check if he has blackjack. In that case, the game ends immediately and only players who also have blackjack themselves do not lose their bets. What is the advantage? As a player, you don't run the risk of doubling or splitting and also losing that extra bet afterwards. But so beware, in many casinos outside the US this rule does not apply.

Other different blackjack rules often relate to splitting and doubling. These rules vary quite a bit and the advice is to check them beforehand wherever you go to play blackjack. For example, in the case of two aces you may not split, and in other cases you may not split at all, which is unfavorable for the player. Also, you are not always allowed to double after splitting. Or - and this is advantageous - you can still have blackjack with the corresponding payout even after splitting.

Note the differences in blackjack rules per country or casino

As you can see, these are just a few of the common variations you may encounter. So pay attention when you walk into the casino or log in online for a game of blackjack in your country of residence. International casinos have rules that can sometimes differ just a bit from what you are used to.

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