Double Deck Blackjack
Double-deck blackjack offers players a lower house edge and a different way to approach the game. If you know how to play Blackjack, then you know how to enjoy this variation on the game.
Double Deck Blackjack is easy to understand: you have to come as close to 21 without going over, while still having a higher total than the Dealer. To receive your cards, first place your bet. The cards are dealt in rotation from the dealer, moving left-to-right. The dealer's hand features one card face up and one face down. You can then choose to receive more cards for your hand or showdown and see who has come closest to 21 without going over.
- Double deck blackjack is played using two decks which are reshuffled after each hand.
- Dealer will stand on a soft 17.
- You may split up to three hands.
- You may not surrender any cards.
- Split aces receive only one card.
- No re-splitting of aces.
- A split ace and a ten-value card is not a Blackjack.
- You win when you hold a score of 21 or less but greater than the Dealer's final total or you achieve a score of 21 or less when the Dealer's final score exceeds 21.
- Card suits are irrelevant.
- Cards 2 to 10 have face value.
- Jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10.
- Aces have a value of 1 or 11.
- Click on a chip to place a bet.
- Additional clicks on the chip interface will add to your wager.
- To remove a bet from play, click on the chip in the betting circle.
- Minimum amount to bet is $10 while the maximum is $500.
- An ace and any ten-value card together on the initial deal is called a Blackjack. Blackjack pays 3 to 2, providing that the Dealer does not also have Blackjack.
- A Player and Dealer Blackjack on the same hand results in a tie, known as a push.
- Any other winning hand is paid 1 to 1.
- Insurance pays 2 to 1.
- Any winning score of 21 after a split is paid 1 to 1.
- Deal - Used to start the game after you have placed your bet.
- Hit - Used when you want to be dealt another card. Players can hit as many times as they like unless the total of the cards equals or exceeds 21.
- Stand - Used when you want to keep the hand dealt to you. This automatically happens if you hit 21 or double down.
- Double - After being dealt the first two cards a Player can decide to double down. The bet on the hand is doubled and one additional card is dealt to the Player.
- Split – When your first two cards match, you can split them into two separate hands. You can split twice and have up to three hands at one time. When you split two aces, only one additional card can be dealt for each hand. It's important to note that a hand total of 21 after splitting aces is considered 21, not Blackjack.
- Rebet - After you've finished playing a hand, click "Rebet" to wager the previous amount again.
- Insurance - If the Dealer is showing an ace as their face-up card, you may then place a supplemental bet called insurance. A wager of exactly half of the original bet is placed on the table. If the Dealer has Blackjack, you receive an Insurance payout of 2 to 1. If the Dealer does not have Blackjack, the Player loses the insurance bet, and the Player's initial bet is then settled by comparing his cards with the Dealer's. If the Dealer and the Player both have Blackjack, the game is pushed and the Player gets the amount won by taking insurance, called even money.
- Bust - When either the Dealer's or the Player's cards equal more than 21.
- Bust Card – The individual card that brings a hand’s total to over 21.
- Hole Card – The dealer card that remains face-down until the player’s hands have been resolved.
- Paint – Any face card, such as a King or Queen.
- Push - When the total of both hands are the same and fall between 17 and 21, neither hand wins.
- Soft Hand - Any hand in which an Ace is counted as an 11.
- Stand – Choosing to receive no more cards from the dealer
- Stiff – A hard hand total between 12 and 16.
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