In an online casino, one can enjoy the experience of playing blackjack in the comfort of their own homes. What’s even more exciting is if people actually go to land casinos and enjoying the game from there.

No matter which platform you end up going to, blackjack is a simple game to master and it requires both skill and luck to increase your odds of winning.

That being said, the main objective of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting a pair of cards that amount to 21 or close to the said number. Once the cards are dealt, the dealer will ask the player what he/she wants to do. This article will revolve around all of those actions to help you better understand whatever gesture means.

Different Moves

Before I begin, all of the moves that you can do in the game (this presupposes that you are playing in an actual casino) would require you to do a certain hand gesture to signify what you want the dealer to do. The reason why this is required is that everything is recorded and that the pit boss wants to know what the player wants to do (thus, the need for certain hand gestures).

Now that that is out of the way, the different moves that you can do in blackjack are:


This is the most basic move in the game. A player can choose to stand if they’ve got a good pair of cards right from the get-go. When this move is executed, the round ends and the game continues as usual.


Assuming that you are not liking the cards that you are dealt with, you can signal to the dealer that you want to hit. The hit basically means that you will be getting an additional card with the hopes that the new card will make your pair so much better.

Now, when should you hit or stand? Well, you can either look at your pair of cards or look at the face-up card that the dealer has and gauge if your hand is stronger or not.

Double Down

When you start the game, the dealer will ask every player on the table to make their original bets. After you’ve received your pair of cards, you can decide to double down on your original bet, increasing the stakes while you are also getting an additional card (that you can replace with one of your cards in your original hand).

When you win the game (which means that you beat the dealer’s hand), you will get twice your original wager and more (depending on the casino).


In an unlikely event where you get two cards of the same value (two (9) cards, for example), you can actually split the cards into two pairs. You can use either of the pairs as you wish, though you will be asked to double down on the second pair.


In the event that your dealer’s face-up card is an Ace card, you will be asked if you would like to get an insurance bet. This just means that even if you lose the game, you will still get your original wager back. If you win, it pays 2-1.

If you choose to surrender, you will forfeit the game and still bag half of your original wager home.

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