Hole Card Rule in Blackjack Games

Any blackjack game requires a deck of cards to be played. Different number of decks may be used during the game – from 1 up to 8, sometimes even different cards can be used, or taken off the deck, but rules stay the same concerning dealing of cards. In the fiest round each person at the table gets 2 cards. The matter is that players are dealt with cards, which can be seen by everyone, while dealer shows up only one card. The other stays unseen till the end, and this card is called the hole one.

Does Hold Card Change the Game?

New players may be a little bit frustrated when see that one card is put at the table faced down. What is the reason of that? The point is that this unseen card is actuly responsible for what which concerns winning. All the players at the table try somehow to guess which rank this card has, as obtaining this information they may make a right decision concerning Hitting or Standing. Imagine the situation, when dealer’s got Jack in his up-faced card and you hand values is, let to say, 20. You think that your chances are pretty good, you are sure that you’ve won. You look how other players try to have get a Blackajck and not to get busted, and notice, that dealer stand all the time. You may not even understand why he acts like this, as he may hit at least once and get chances to beat you (ha-ha, this chance is really small). And the time of revealing of the down-faced card come. And that changes everything. The Hole Card was Ace, dealers’ve got 21 point and you’ve lost…As you see, hole card changes everything, sometimes it can help you, and sometimes it just ruins your plans to become a winner.

Hole Card Rule and Insurance Bet

If the dealer's up-faced card is an Ace, players can make the insurance bet. After insurance bet players play their hands being sure, that they will not lose all the best in case dealer has more points than they get. This is actually a cautious bet to protect yourself from losing if dealer get more points. It is therefore advisable not to risk too much on bets when the dealer's card is lower than 10 or Ace. As chances that faced-down card will help to beat you are low.

In any case, the Insuarance bet is usually available only when dealer has Ace as his up card. Some players are sure, that there si no point in insuarance, others try to always use this bet. In facr, the cleverest decision is to make you opinion basing on the results of card counting, as they will help you to understand which cards are left in deck and which can be the hole card.