Doubling down is as simple as it sounds and involves you doubling your main bet when you have a strong pair of cards and the dealers card is not intimidating. This way you can swing the odds in your favour and increase your potential returns.
While there is a continuous element of luck in the game, below is a list of potential times to Double Down against the dealer when you are playing online blackjack.
In this scenario, the odds are high in your favour so the potential to double down is vast. In the majority of outcomes, with more face cards in the deck than any other card, the dealer will end up with a tally of 19 or below, or bust attempting to hit. NB: If the dealer’s card is equal to 10 or 11, then the suggested play is to hit and NOT double down blackjack.
In this scenario, the odds are equally in your favour but the chances are lower. With more face cards than others in the deck, the dealer is likely to end up with a low total or going bust trying to hit the minimum stand of 17. NB: Against a 2 or a 7 and higher, the suggested play is to hit.
In all of the above statements, when the dealer has below a 7, unless an Ace is drawn, they will have to pull a minimum of 2 cards to meet the minimum 17 requirement to stand, thereby increasing their chances of going bust. This is why cards such as 4, 5 or 6 are seen as more lucrative in Blackjack.
For more Blackjack scenario guides including When to Stand or When to Split in Blackjack, be sure to check out our other internal guides here at PartyCasino.