Doubling

Doubling, or doubling down, is an option many casinos offer where you elect to double your bet and are hit one and only one card. You are saying to the dealer that you think the next card will give you a winning hand so you are doubling your bet on the results of the next card. Doubling can only be done once per hand after the initial two card deal. Some casinos only offer doubling on hands totaling 9, 10, or 11 although some casinos allow doubling down on any 2-card hand.

Advanced Blackjack Strategies – Doubling and Splitting

Doubling is sometimes an intelligent play and sometimes not depending on the cards you have and the dealer’s up card. See the hit and stand tables which will tell you when doubling is a good strategy option. Like all blackjack plays, doubling only makes sense when the mathematical probabilities are in your favor. Go with the probabilities, do not play a hunch.

If your first two cards total compared to the dealer’s up card according to the hit or stand table indicate doubling is a good option, indicate to the dealer you want to double down. If your cards were dealt face down, turn them over and put them on the dealer’s side of the betting square. If your cards were dealt face up, point to them and say “double” when the dealer prompts you for a card and simultaneously put an equal amount of chips next to (not on top of) those already in the betting box. The dealer will give you one more card only, then they will move on to the next hand.

Normal play and pay outs occur after you have received the one card after doubling. However, in some casinos, if the dealer gets a black jack, will lose only the original bet.

Splitting

Splitting is an option many casinos offer where if your first two cards have the same point value, they can be split into two separate hands by placing an additional bet of the same value. You are then playing two hands and you make separate hot or stand decisions on each hand separately.

Splitting is sometimes an intelligent play and sometimes not depending on the pair you have and the dealer’s up card. The splitting table below will tell you when splitting is a good strategy option. Like all black jack plays, splitting only makes sense when the mathematical probabilities are in your favor. Go with the probabilities, do not play a hunch.

If your initial pair compared to the dealer’s up card according to the hit or stand table indicate doubling is a good option, indicate to the dealer you want to If your cards are dealt face down, turn them over and place them a few inches apart. If your cards were dealt face up, point to your cards and say “split” when the dealer prompts you for a card.

The original bet will go with one card and you will have to place an equal amount of chips in the betting box near the other card. You are now playing two hands, each as though they were regular hands. The only exception to this is that if you have just split two aces. In that case, you only get one card which will hopefully be a 10. If it is a ten, that hand’s total is now 21 but the hand isn’t considered a blackjack, so you would not receive the additional payout that is traditionally paid upon a blackjack.