Some Blackjack variants you can play online will offer you what is called Surrender. There are two different types of surrender the first is Early and the second is Late. Below we will show you the main differences to help you understand this game play rule.
Blackjack Early Surrender
Early Surrender is not commonly found online these days, but should you find a game that offers it then you will, should you decide to play it, be able to give up half your stake before the dealer checks for Blackjack, and thus will be removed from that hand.
Below we have the best strategy you should use should you find a table that is offering Early Surrender, and by following this strategy you will be keeping the House Edge to the absolute minimum
If the Dealer has an Ace and your hand consists of a hard five, six, seven or twelve to seventeen then you should accept Early Surrender option
If you have a pair of three's, sixes, seven's or eight's and the dealer is showing an Ace, then once again you should accept Early Surrender.
If the Dealer is showing a Ten and you have a hard Fourteen to Sixteen or a pair of sevens or eights then once again you should take the Early Surrender option.
However tempting it is to take Early Surrender there are many occasions when you shouldn't accept it
and these are:
Should you be playing in a single deck Blackjack game then never Surrender a Ten when faced with a dealers four or a Ten against a dealer 5 or 9.
In a Two deck game you should never Surrender a Ten when up against a Four and a Ten.
Should you have been dealt a pair of 2's and the Dealer has a soft 17 then you should always Surrender that hand.
Blackjack Late Surrender
The Late Surrender rules is found at most online casinos and you should always find a few Blackjack variantS in which you can take Late Surrender. This is simply you giving up half your stake to be removed from that hand, but only once the Dealer has checked her hand for a Blackjack.
To get the maximum value out of taking Late Surrender you should only use this option when the correct strategy calls for it, so never go mad by giving up hands that you stand a reasonable chance of winning.
Below is several occasions when you should always take Late Surrender, and as mentioned always follow the correct strategy or you could end up increasing the house edge by incorrectly Surrendering a hand.
If you happen to be playing a single deck game and your hand consists of a fifteen then you should not take Late Surrender if the Dealer has a 9, 10, or
(in a Blackjack variant where the Dealer stands a soft 17) an Ace. But conversely, you should take the Late Surrender option when the dealer is showing an Ace and you have 15 in game where the Dealer rules state he should hit a soft 17.
Also in a single deck game should you be holding a sixteen and the dealer is showing a nine then don't take Late Surrender. If on the other hand you have a sixteen and the Dealer has a ten or an Ace then
you should always take Late Surrender.
In a single deck game if you have been dealt a hand which is seventeen in total then don't take Late Surrender if the Dealer has a 9, 10, or
(in a game where the Dealer stands a soft 17) an Ace. You should take Late Surrender if the dealer has an Ace and you have seventeen in game where the Dealer hits a soft 17.