Not a French battle plan, Early Surrender is a popular type of blackjack that allows you to take a short cut and back out of any potentially losing hands.
Played with up to six hands, Blackjack Early Surrender plays in the same way as regular blackjack with the added addition of an escape route should you feel not too confident in your hands success against the dealer.
When you first sit down on the Early Surrender table you will be greeted by the common blackjack layout, with up to six playable positions available, so it is up to you whether you wish to play one hand, or any amount up to six. The game is dealt to the player first in a clockwise order, with the dealers second card facing up. If the dealer is showing an ace, the computer will check for Blackjack. Any other card, the game can carry on as normal, however this is where the Early Surrender aspect comes in to play.
You will be given the option to hit, stick or double or split if the cards allow for it, additionally you may also surrender.
If you surrender your hand, the game is over and you will be returned 50% of your stake for that hand. The reasons you may wish to surrender are if for example, you have 14 and the dealer is showing a face card (ten). Although you are not guaranteed to lose in that example, you may feel the odds are against you and wish to back out.
Blackjack Early Surrender plays to the same standard odds as standard blackjack, and pays 1.5 for a Blackjack. You may split and double down on applicable hands, and also take insurance against the dealers ace card if showing.
Although I wouldn’t suggest surrendering too often, you can play more to your gut instincts with this option available.