When you play blackjack for real money you should take a good look at the wagering schedules. These betting alternatives offer your best chance to earn real money. After you receive your two initial cards you can request additional cards -- "hits" -- or end your play by "standing." Then you wait to see if your hand beats the dealer's hand. However, additional wagering options create an even more exciting game and allow you to increase your winnings beyond the basic payout. You can "double down" and double your bet, with a win based on the results of one final card. If your first 2 cards are of equal value you can "split" your wager and play two simultaneous hands. And if you're displeased with your first 2 cards you can "surrender" and recoup half of your wager before you go on to play another, more promising, round.