Doubling Down in Game of Blackjack

Doubling down is exactly what it sounds like; it is when you have been dealt a favorable hand, and wish to double your bet. Let's say that your first two cards are a 5 and a 6. This is a situation in wish you would want to double down, because the total value of your hand is 11, and you have a very good chance of landing either a 9, 10 or a face card, to more than likely win the hand. So, if you double your bet, you double your winnings. Basically, you want to double down on a 9, 10, or 11 total on your first two cards. The only thing to remember is that you are only allowed to be dealt one more card after you double down. So, if the total of your first two cards is
9 and you double down, and then you receive a 2, you are stuck with
an 11 and must have that the dealer busts.

You should also double down when the dealer shows a weak first card, such as a 5, because the odds of the dealer busting have greatly increased in this situation. For instance, if the dealer then sees a 10 and a 7, he will bust and you'll win double your bet.

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