Blackjack Surrender Rules

Blackjack Surrender is almost identical to regular Blackjack but with the added option of surrendering your hand (explained below). The aim of Blackjack Surrender is to build a hand closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand, without going over 21. Number cards are worth their face value, face cards are worth 10 and aces are worth either 1 or 11.

Should you be dealt an ace and a card worth 10 as your initial two cards then you have Blackjack. This pays 150% of your bet (for instance, if you bet £1 you would receive £2.50). If your hand is closer in value to 21 than the dealer’s hand then you win your bet amount (for instance a bet of £1 would win £2). If your hand is worth more than 21 then you have gone 'bust' and lose your bet. Should you and the dealer tie with hands worth 17 or more then neither of you win and the bet is returned to in what is called a 'push'. Blackjack will always beat a hand worth 21.

Our Blackjack follows the standard 'Las Vegas Strip' rules, with the following exceptions:

  • Between each round all cards are collected and the deck is shuffled.
  • A split hand may not be split by the player.
  • If aces are split only one card is drawn to them.
  • After splitting a player may double.
  • If the dealer is showing an ace or card worth 10 they will check for Blackjack.
  • After the player has been dealt their first two cards and the dealer has checked for Blackjack, the player has the option to surrender his hand, he will lose half his bet and the round is over. It is from this that the game derives its name.


If you are initially dealt two cards of the same value you have the option to split them into two separate hands, this requires you to place a second bet equal to your first. You can then draw cards to each hand. You can draw as many cards as you like on each hand unless you have split aces, in which case you can only draw one card for each hand. If a split hand consists of an ace and a card worth ten it is considered 21 not Blackjack.


After being dealt your first two cards, if you think the next card will allow you to beat the dealer’s hand you have the option to double your bet. Your bet will become double its original value and you will be dealt one further card.


If the dealer shows an Ace in his initial hand you may insure your bet against the dealer having Blackjack. If you decide to insure your bet, a sum equal to half of your original bet is placed separately on the table. If the dealer goes on to show Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance, this means that you will not lose your original bet (this is because you receive the insurance amount back and 2x half your original bet). If the dealer does not have blackjack you will lose the insurance amount, even if you go on to lose the round.

7 Card Charlie

In theory it is possible to draw 7 cards and not go bust, if this happens you will automatically win unless the dealer has Blackjack.


Winning Hand 1 to 1
Insurance 2 to 1
Blackjack 3 to 2