In short, the surrender rule in blackjack gives the player the option to give up half the bet and forfeit the hand.
Early and Late Surrender Rules
Sometimes you hear of ‘early' and ‘late' surrender - the difference between the two variations is that the first one lets you make your decision whether or not to surrender your hand before the dealer has checked her hand for a natural. The second one, late surrender, only allows you to surrender the hand after the dealer has made sure she's not holding a blackjack.
The early surrender rule is rarely offered at casinos these days. It was highly disadvantageous for the House and therefore soon removed from most casinos. However, the late surrender is still allowed and is, if used properly, profitable for the player. Therefore, you sould study the surender rules and strategy in this article and look for a Online Blackjack casinos that offers the game.
From now on, when we discuss the surrender rule, we will be referring to late surrender.
No retreat baby, no surrender?
Some casinos that apply the surrender rule choose to lower the payouts for players' blackjacks, or in other ways adjust the house edge so that the game will still be beneficial for the casino in the long run. If you are looking for a blackjack surrender game, make sure you get the same conditions as at the regular blackjack tables.
Blackjack Surrender Strategy
The surrender rule applied at most casinos today are still advantageous for the player, but if you study our strategy chart you will see that there are only four different situations when it is mathematically correct to forfeit your hand: When player's hard 15 or 16 is up against the dealer's 9, 10 or Ace.
Blackjack Surrender and Card Counting
In all other situations, drawing another card or standing are more profitable plays in the long run. With one exception. Our strategy chart does not take card counting into consideration. If you are keeping track of all the cards that have been dealt from the shoe, you will know whether the deck is ‘hot' or not. If the deck is packed with 10s, it might be profitable to expand your range of "surrenderable" hands.
If you estimate the deck to contain a lot of 10s, it might be a good idea to surrender hands like hard 15, 16 and 17 against dealer's 7, 8, 9, 10. Conversely, if your count is telling you that there are a lot of low value cards left in the deck, you might want to pass on the surrender opportunity, although the strategy chart advices you to do so, and draw another card instead.
There are no exact charts for how to play in situations like these, your gut feeling will guide you in the right direction.
However, if you are confident in your card counting strategy, it is probably a correct move to follow your feel of the game here.
Notes on Surrender
The only reason why it's profitable in the long run to give up half your bet without even trying to win the hand is because the hands we are talking about here have really small chances of winning in the first place.
If you play by basic blackjack strategy you should continue following your chart, only surrendering when your chart tells you to do so. If you already went beyond this point and added card counting on top of your basic strategy, combining the surrender opportunity and the balance between high- and low-value cards left in the deck can add to your chances of winning. We really wish we had another chart to show for in these situations, but you really have to go with your gut here.
Notable however, is that as long as the casinos don't modify the payouts to gain a greater edge over the player, the surrender rule is beneficial for the player - if you know when and how to exploit it.
"Know when to walk away..."
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