All About Doubling Down

Date Published: September 25, 2015

When players sit at a blackjack table, they may notice that there is a doubling down option available. This option is not offered with all blackjack games, but when it is, it can be used to help players, but it can also be a poor decision for many. Those that use the double down option should have mastered basic blackjack strategies first. When a player chooses to double down, they will double the bet amount and receive a single card on the hand. Many online casinos and blackjack games will allow players to double down on any cards, but some will limit doubling to hands that have 10 or 11 as a total. The latter is a favourable rule for players and another favourable option is doubling after splitting a pair.

Rules that pertain to doubling will increase or decrease the house edge. When players are allowed to double after splitting, the house edge is reduces by 0.13%. when doubling is allowed only on 10 and 11 hands, the house edge is increased by 0.21%. Players should use basic strategy to determine when they should use the option of doubling down. This option should only be used when the player has a good chance at beating the dealer.

Players should watch the dealer hand and whenever the card is a 2 through 6, the double down option should be used. These cards are the worst for the dealer and in most cases, the dealer will bust, so this is a perfect opportunity to double the bet and double the return.

Many players, especially those that are new to online gambling, will be hesitant to double their bet in fear of losing both bets. If this is the case, perhaps the table betting options are too high and the player should find a table with a lower bet amount. When done at the right time, doubling down can be very profitable and by not doubling at the right time, players are obviously not following the correct basic strategy for blackjack. Take hold of the moment when the time is right and double the bet for the best chances at walking away from the table a winner. Keep in mind that not all variations of the game will allow for doubling.

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