So, we have picked the most useful tips and strategies about double down in Blackjack for you.
When to double down?
Hands are divided into 2 groups according to the Ace cards. They are called Hard and Soft hands. So if you have an Ace in your hand, that means you have a soft score.
Here are some examples for doubling with explanations for your winning:
When you have a soft 13 or 14, and the dealer has a 5 or 6
Dealer shows 5-6 and, if you have a score such as soft 12-13-14 you have a good opportunity to make double. However, if the dealer has higher than 6, then it is better to use hit instead of double.
When you have a soft 15 or 16, and the dealer has a 4 to 6
This situation is a big dilemma. After double, you can have a small card such as 3-4-5 and make a good score. Also, there is a chance to have 7-8-9 and reduce your score. Even so, the dealer has no very high chance with cards 4-5-6 to win.
When you have a soft 17 or 18, and the dealer has a 3 to 6
Most of the time, if you have Ace and 6 or 7 (that means soft 17-18) and the dealer shows low cards 3 to 6, this is double time.
If your score is 9 and the dealer shows between 2 and 7
Dealer shows the low card, and if you double you can have a chance to win 2x. However, if you have soft 9 (a combination of Ace and 8), better stand. Because any card except for 2 or Ace will decrease your score. You do not want to lose 2x while trying to win 2x.
If your score is a hard 10 or 11 and the dealer shows 9 or lower
This is a great chance to make your bet double. These scores are good and bring you a high chance to win against the dealer.
Is it possible to Double Down after Hitting?
Players are not able to hit after double, or neither the other way around. The option brings you an opportunity to win 2x, but at the same time, you will get only 1 card afterward. So, if you decide to use it, you will not receive more than 1 card from the dealer. Also, if you hit, you will not be able to double your hand anymore.
Can we Split and Double Down at the same time?
This is the perfect way to increase your win. If you have pair of and you wanted to split, the dealer will give you 1 card for each separated hand then you can double after your split. However, there is one exception for this case – pairs of Aces. When you split any pair of Aces, you will receive only 1 card, and your score will not count as Blackjack if you get 21 after the split. This is another rule of the game.
Should we double down on 11 all the time?
There are 16 cards with a value of 10 in a deck. There is a big chance to have 21 in this case. And most of the pros say always to double on 11 no matter what the dealer shows.
Dealer must draw to 16 and stay on all 17’s. So, all way is positive for double on 11. However, this is Blackjack and everything can happen according to mathematic. This is not bad if you check the cards and analyze them before you take the risk. Just enjoy the game.