Doubling Down, Surrender, and Bust in Blackjack

Doubling Down

Doubling down is a blackjack option that gives you the opportunity to double your original bet. Doubling down in blackjack can only be done on a two-card hand and placing a second bet next to your original bet will signify the blackjack dealer that you are doubling down.

When you are doubling down, you only have a single chance to hit for another card and nothing more. Doubling down is a very useful option in blackjack if you are really confident that you can win with just one more card added to your hand.

Doubling down after splitting is rarely offered in casinos but in online casinos, there are blackjack variations that offer this kind of option. There are some casinos that allow doubling down on hard hands only. Be sure to review the blackjack rules of each table you are playing.


Surrender is an option in blackjack where you decide to lose the round via default because you think that your two-card hand is not good enough to win the round. Surrender can only be done right after the two initial cards are dealt and before you make a decision to hit or stand. When you surrender, half of your original on the blackjack table will be returned back to you.

The two types of surrender in blackjack are early surrender and late surrender. Early surrender is allowed before the dealer checks the cards if he has a blackjack. Early surrender is very rarely available at land-based casinos. Late surrender is allowed after the dealer checks the cards if he has a blackjack. Late surrender is often available at online casinos.


Bust means that the total hand value of the blackjack player is more than 21. This signifies that the hand is unplayable and the blackjack player automatically lost the round. The odds of busting vary differently depending on the number of decks used in the blackjack game.

Some examples of blackjack hands that will bust are: - A hand consisting of three, four, five, and Jack, which equals to 22. - A hand consisting of King, four, and ten, which equals to 24. - A hand consisting of two, ten, four, and ten, which equals to 26.

One of the primary objectives of the blackjack game is to prevent the hand from a bust. Using the basic strategy in blackjack, you will be aided in achieving this objective of the game most of the time.

Doubling down, surrender, and bust are three blackjack basics that players will need to understand to fully appreciate the game of blackjack.