Get an edge by doubling on the 9, 10 and 11! Play Double Deck Blackjack in the online casino!
Double Deck Blackjack - Game Guide
Double Deck Blackjack rules aren’t any different than Single Deck Blackjack and Multi-hand Blackjack rules. The only real difference with Double Deck Blackjack is that the decks are doubled so that there are 104 cards as opposed to 52. The goal is still to get to 21 or to at least have a higher number than the dealer. Face cards count for 10, the Ace can be a 1 or 11, the dealer stands on hard 17 & hits on a soft 17, and if you go over 21, you bust. You can also double on the 9, 10 and 11 in Double Deck Blackjack while you can only double on the 10 and 11 in Single Deck Blackjack and the minimum bet in Double Deck Blackjack is only $1 while the minimum is $10 in a Single Deck game.
Double Deck Blackjack - How to Play
As in Single Deck Blackjack, the goal is to reach 21 or get as close to 21 as possible without going over. The main difference with Double Deck Blackjack is that the decks are doubled so that there are 104 cards and not just 52.
You make at least the minimum bet, $1 dollar in Double Deck Blackjack, before any cards are dealt. The dealer’s first card is always dealt down while your first two cards for each hand are dealt up. Once you’ve received your two cards, you can Stand or Hit. If you hit, you get another card, and so on until you are satisfied with the number you’ve got, as close to 21 without going over.
If you go over 21, the dealer wins. If you’re closer to 21 than the dealer, you win. If you’re at exactly 21, you’ve hit a blackjack! If you get 21 off the draw, a natural 21 via your first two cards, not only do you win your bet, but you win a bonus amount on top of your bet!
Just like Single Deck Blackjack, you can also buy insurance in Double Deck Blackjack against the dealer having a natural 21 and you can split your hands.
Double Deck Blackjack - Bet Types
There is only one bet per hand in Double Deck Blackjack. You can make the minimum bet all the way up to the maximum bet before any cards are dealt unless you double down. You can double down, doubling your wager, $100 becomes $200, on the 9, 10 and 11 in Double Deck Blackjack.
Double Deck Blackjack - Minimum and Maximum Bet Amounts
The minimum bet in the online casino for Double Deck Blackjack is $1 per hand.
The maximum bet in the online casino for Double Deck Blackjack is $100 per hand.
Double Deck Blackjack – Payouts
You win what you bet. If you bet $100 per hand you win $200. If you win with a natural blackjack, you show exactly 21 on your first 2 cards, you win 3/2 on the hand. This is where the edge comes in play because in Single Deck Blackjack, a natural 21 only pays 6/5.
Double Deck Blackjack - Strategy/Tips
The dealer is going to have one card face down per hand. What this means is that you will have to strategize around the upcard, the card that you can see. If the dealer is showing a card higher than one of yours, you’ll want to hit. If the dealer shows a card lower than yours, you should consider staying and hope for a bust. See a couple of examples below:
Dealer’s upcard is a 5 and you have a Jack (10) and 8 - - Stay
Dealer’s upcard is a 9 and you have a Queen (10) and 4 - - Hit
In Double Deck Blackjack, the dealer stands on hard 17 & hits on a soft 17. You can double down on a 9, 10 and 11. You have to stay after the third card is dealt on any doubles and you can’t re-split hands or double again once you’ve already doubled or split.
Blackjack – Glossary
blackjack – A total of 21 in a hand played in Blackjack.
bust – Exceeding the total of 21 in a single hand played in Blackjack resulting in a loss.
deck – A deck of cards. There are 52 cards in a deck.
double deck – Playing with 2 decks, 104 cards as opposed to 52.
double down – Doubling your wager for only one more card.
hard 17 – Any combination of 17 that doesn’t contain an Ace.
high limit – Playing in a game with a high minimum, usually at least $50, and a high maximum, usually at least $500.
hit – To “hit” simply means to ask for another card.
insurance – Insurance is a side bet that pays 2:1 on half of your wager. You will only be offered insurance if the dealer shows an Ace. If the dealer gets a natural blackjack, you lose your original wager, but you win the insurance bet.
multi-hand blackjack - - A variation of Blackjack where 3 to 5 decks are used and the player can play from 3 to 5 hands per deal.
natural blackjack – Hitting a blackjack with a 10 or face card and an Ace
push – A push is a tie. Example: you show 16 and the dealer shows 16.
shoe – A box on an incline from where the dealer draws cards.
soft 17 – In Blackjack a 17 that’s created with an Ace. For example: Ace, 6 or Ace, 3, 3. It’s called a soft 17 because no matter what card is received next, the hand can’t bust.
split – Creating two separate blackjack hands from the first two cards dealt.
stand – Not accepting any more cards from the dealer.
switch – In Switch Blackjack trading your top cards between two separate hands.
upcard – The card that the dealer shows off the draw.