Why is it so important for players to become familiar with game glossaries, even before they learn the rules? For one, understanding the common terms and phrases of a game such as 21 duel blackjack, puts them at an advantage when learning the rules. A sound knowledge of everything related to the game is the number one requirement before putting that first dollar on real-money play. 21 duel blackjack, while played along the same lines as regular blackjack is still unique enough to warrant its own glossary. Below we outline some of the more common terminology relating to the game:
Ante: The initial bet placed by the player before the first cards are dealt in the game of 21 duel blackjack.
Bust: What happens when the total value of the player (or dealer’) hand exceeds 21.
Community Cards: Two cards that are placed in the middle of the 21 duel blackjack table and can be used as ‘community property’ – ie. both the player and the dealer can select these cards to make up winning hand combinations.
Fold: The option given to the player whereby he surrenders his hand of two cards initially dealt and leaves the game. The downside of folding is that the player loses his entire ante bet.
Hit: The option given to the player to request another card in classic blackjack. In 21 duel blackjack, however, hitting involves turning over the player’s face-down dealt card to reveal its value and hopefully make a winning hand.
Stand: The option given to the player to remain with the cards that he was dealt, without ‘hitting’. This is an option usually selected with the player is satisfied with his hand and doesn’t want to risk going ‘bust’.
Two Up Side Bet: An optional side bet unique to 21 duel blackjack. The player bets on the first three cards that are dealt on the table – ie. the two community cards and the player’s face up card. If these three cards produce a pair, the player is paid out 3 to one on the side bet. If these three cards produce a three-of-a-kind, the player is paid out 20 to one.