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Player Decisions and Signals

After the players get their initial two cards, they can choose from any of the four standard Blackjack options: split, double down, stand or hit. Every option is accompanied with its own corresponding hand signal, and some Blackjack versions even offer players a fifth option called surrender. Let’s look at each one of these options briefly as follows:

Double down
Players are normally allowed to hike their initial bets by no more than 100%, in exchange of a commitment that they’ll stand after receiving the next card. The added bet amount is placed next to the original one, outside the betting box. Some Blackjack games don’t allow the players to increase their bets by any percentage other than 100%.

How it’s signaled?
Additional chips are placed beside the original betted chips, outside the betting box. The player must point using one finger.

Split
In the event that the first two cards received by a player are both of the same value, he/she has the option of splitting them up into two different hands. This is done by moving another bet equivalent to the first one, into an area outside of the betting box.
Thereafter, the player plays two separate hands which are treated as completely independent new hands. The player may win or lose his/her wager separately for them.
In case of ten-value cards, some casinos permit splitting only if they have the same ranks. For example, two 10 cards are allowed to be split into two separate hands, but one Jack and one 10 may not be allowed to be split. However, in general, all cards of 10 value are treated the same way.
Further splitting and doubling of the post-split hands may not be allowed, and Blackjacks are normally treated as non-Blackjack 21 after a split, when they’re compared with the dealer’s hand.
Players aren’t normally allowed to hit split aces. The non-controlling players behind a position may show that they’re following the controlling player by placing an additional bet; or refuse to do so. Instead, they may choose to associate their existing bets with either of the post-split hands. If they do so, they must decide the hand they’d like to play behind, prior to the draw of the next cards.

How it’s signaled?
A player must signal a split by placing more chips next to the original wager, just outside the betting box. He/she should then point with his/her two fingers spread into the V symbol.

Hit
The player asks the dealer to dealer another card.

How it’s signaled?
A hit is signaled by scraping the cards against the Blackjack table in case of handheld games. In games having face up dealt cards, the player must waive hand towards his/her body or tap the table with his/her finger.

Stand
The player refuses to take any more cards. It’s also known as ‘stay,’ ‘stick,’ or ‘stand pat.’

How it’s signaled?
The player slides his/her cards under the chips in case of handheld games, or waves his/her hand horizontally in case of games with face up dealt cards.

Surrender
Some Blackjack games come with the option of surrender wherein the house takes half the player’s bet amount and returns half to him/her. It terminates player’s interest in that specific hand.

How it’s signaled?
A surrender is signaled verbally. There’s no hand signal associated with it.