Blackjack Double Down: what is it and when can I do it?

The Double Down option in Blackjack is one of the best known and favourite bet options in the game.

It allows the bettor to double their initial bet and in return you will be dealt 1 more card only. Doubling down should only be down in certain circumstances though.

When Should I double down when playing Blackjack?

You have one opportunity to double down, this is immediately after being dealt your initial two cards. Double down will be done when you cannot go bust by being dealt one more card but the dealer can possibly bust.

There are typically two separate scenarios where it is advantageous to double down.

1.  You are dealt a hard 9,10 or 11.  (Hard meaning you hold no Ace) On a 9 you would not double down if the dealers up-card shows a 7 or higher, on a 10 you would not double down if the dealer shows a 10 or an Ace. And on 11 you would double down regardless of the dealers up-card.

2.  You are dealt a soft 13 through to a soft 18 and the dealers up-card is either a 3,4,5 or 6.  You would double down on all these soft totals where the dealer shows a 5 or 6, however if the dealer only shows a 3 or a 4, then only certain hands you will double as per the strategy chart below.

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Double Down strategy chart

For a visual aid, here is a strategy chart which you can refer to while playing.

Blackjack Hand with double down in action:

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