We’ve all been in that uncomfortable blackjack situation where we have 16 or 17 in our hand and the dealer is displaying a face card. We know there’s a very good chance our total is no good, but it’s also incredibly risky to hit in such a position and give the dealer an easy ride. Wouldn’t it be great if when this happened you could muck your cards and move on to the next hand without forfeiting your entire bet? Well, that’s exactly what you can do in Blackjack Surrender, a Playtech game that allows players to wave the white flag whenever the odds aren’t in their favour.
The rules of Blackjack Surrender are identical to any other blackjack variant, save for the fact that after receiving their first two cards, players can assess the situation and forfeit their hand if they think the dealer is going to be unbeatable. Note, however, that this option has to be taken before any extra cards have been dealt and will disappear if players decide to hit. Other than that, the game plays in exactly the same way as conventional blackjack games, with players simply needing to better the dealer’s total in order to win a hand. The dealer must stick on 17 or over and hit on 16 or under, blackjack pays out 3-to-2, a side-bet can be placed on insurance when the dealer shows an ace and any pairs or ten-value card combinations can be split.
In terms of gameplay, Blackjack Surrender features an identical user interface to Playtech’s other blackjack titles. This means players merely need to select a bet amount from the chips in front of them, with denominations ranging from £0.01-£100.00. The minimum bet per hand in Blackjack Surrender is £1.00 and the maximum is £300.00, while choosing to surrender will always return half of your total bet amount. Beyond that, players simply need to use the clickable buttons to choose if they hit, stick or double, with all pays being calculated at the end of the hand.
The option to surrender your hand is an interesting addition that makes Blackjack Surrender far kinder on players’ bankrolls. In terms of when this feature should be used, look for situations like the one mentioned above where you are uncomfortable sticking and at risk hitting, as these are usually the times when surrendering is the right course of action. When you have a middling total and the dealer is displaying a face card, for instance, it may be better to cut your losses and try a new hand.
Blackjack Surrender is certainly a nuanced variant of the game that can really help players take control of their bankroll by providing them with the option to get out of a hand when the going gets tough. This gives them far more scope to pick the situations that are likely to be profitable and avoid the ones that are proven losers, thereby improving their chances of winning in the long run.
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Unique Surrender feature, play up to 5 hands