Blackjack Terms - Speak Like a Pro

May 20th 2007 - 10:34am PST


blackjack terms - neon signAs you are preparing to watch the World Series of Blackjack on GSN this June, the King recommends you brush up on your blackjack terms.

Anchor:
Last player seated on the dealer's right side

Burn Card:
Single card discarded from the top of the deck

Bust:
When a hand's total # value exceeds 21

Cut Card:
Solid-colored plastic card used to cut the decks

Double Down:
Double thebet on your first two cards and draw only one more card

Flat Bet:
Standard bet amount that does not change from hand to hand

Grinder:
Small money bettor

Hard Hand:
Count on Ace card as 1 not 11

Head-On:
To play at the Blackjack table alone with the dealer

Hit:
Request another card from the dealer.

Hole Card:
Any face down card.

Pair:
When a player's first two cards are the same

Pat Hand:
A hand with a total # value of 17 to 21

Pit Boss:
Well-dressed floor manager who supervises players and dealers

Push:
A tie.

Settlement:
The bet's outcome. Chips taken, money paid or Push.

Shoe:
Card-dealing device able to hold many decks.

Soft Hand:
To count an Ace card as 11 not 1

Split:
Split any two cards of same amount into separate hands

Stand:
Stay with the cards you currently have

Take:
Gratuity. Tipping or "Toking" the dealer