When to Double Down in Blackjack
You’ve probably heard of the phrase “doubling down” in blackjack. Doubling down is where you put another bet on your hand after receiving your first two cards. Your double down bet is the value of your initial bet. Doubling down is something you do when you’re confident your hand has a good chance of winning. After doubling down, you get dealt another card, and the game continues. When used wisely, the move has the potential to win you more money.
The most standard Double Down rules allow that you can play this option either on any first two cards or a hand valued 9, 10 or 11.
Of course with so many Blackjack variations out there it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the house rules to know in what situation you’re permitted to Double Down.
When Doubling Down in Blackjack is a Good Idea
Only Double Down if you find yourself in a favourable situation. If you are a novice player, it may seem that doubling your first wager is a great idea but you are going to learn quickly, and the hard way, that not every hand is the ideal candidate for this play.
You need to know when to Double Down, and the idea is to double your bet only when you stand the best chance of beating the dealer.
Here are three specific opportunities to Double Down that you should be on the lookout for:
- When your hand totals eleven
Doubling Down on an eleven, even when the dealer has an ace, is often a profitable move.
- When you are holding two fives
When you have a pair of fives, Double Down, but not when the dealer has an Ace or a Ten. Don’t split your fives, even if the dealer has a weak up card (two to six).
- When you have nine
Double Down on a nine when the dealer is holding cards two to six.
So, when the conditions are a right go for the Double Down. And make sure that you’ve got the necessary bankroll to take the opportunities as they arise.