Surrender Blackjack at PokerStars Casino

Surrender Blackjack differs to more traditional variants by giving players the option to give up their hand if they don’t like it, or feel it might lose. This means you can surrender your two-card hand and receive half your original wager back, unless the dealer is showing an ace. Read on for more on Surrender Blackjack.

Game Rules

Six 52-card decks are used in Surrender Blackjack. The decks are shuffled together before each hand is dealt, and the dealer will receive one hole card, and will also automatically peek for blackjack.

In addition, dealers must stand on a soft 17 (a hand containing an ace that totals either seven or 17), and if you hit blackjack you will be paid at 3:2 odds.

Player Betting Options

The minimum bet in Surrender Blackjack is €2, but more betting options become available as hands progress. Players can double down on any two-card hand, which allows you to double your bet if you choose to ‘stand’ after receiving one additional card.

Players can also split two cards if they are paired or of equal value. For example: you are dealt six-six, a pair of queens, jack-king or any two-card combination of the same value. You can then create two hands for an additional wager of the same amount:

  • Players are allowed to split up to three times for four hands in total, even when dealt aces
  • However, aces receive only one card on each split hand
  • Players can double down on any two-card hand, including after a non-ace pair split.
  • If you have been dealt blackjack, and the dealer is showing an ace, even money is a special type of insurance bet that can be made. If you decide to take even money, the payout will be 1:1, regardless of whether the dealer has blackjack or not. If you do not take even money, the hand will play out as normal.

Insurance and Surrender

Unlike other blackjack variants like American Blackjack, when playing Surrender Blackjack players are allowed to ‘surrender’, meaning you can surrender your two-card hand if you chose to and receive half your original wager back. The only instance you do not have the option to surrender is when the dealer checks and reveals Blackjack. Players can also choose ‘insurance’, which pays 2:1 should the dealer hit blackjack.

In the mobile version of the game even money is offered instead of insurance when the player has blackjack.

The theoretical return to player (RTP) for Surrender Blackjack is 99.71%. For more on how to play the game, visit our Blackjack Rules page.

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