A Look at Doubling Down

October 1st, 2017 11:36 pm EST

The Blackjack King is flipping two casino chips in the air.In order to do well in blackjack, you need to know the different rules and mechanisms that are available to players.

One of those mechanisms is called "doubling down", which is an important concept to learn so that you can maximize your odds of winning. Without knowing how doubling down works, a player is giving up value every time that a hand is dealt.

In most blackjack games, doubling down is allowed and involves increasing the size of your bet by 100%. Here is how it works:

Let's say that you are dealt a 5 and a 6, giving you 11. The dealer, on the other hand, deals themselves a 5.

In this case, you are a favorite to win the hand, so you should be maximizing the size of your bet through the practice of "doubling down".

In order to double down, place the amount of your original bet outside of the betting box and point at the bet with your finger. This indicates to the dealer that you would like to double down.

Let's say that you are playing $10/hand blackjack. If you double down on your hand, this would mean that your total wager for the hand would be $20, so you could potentially win a profit of $20.

There is one important thing to remember when it comes to most instances of doubling down - you are committing yourself to take JUST ONE MORE CARD.

For instance - let's say that you are dealt 5 and 6 and choose to double down. If you are dealt a 2, you will (in most games) be forced to stand on 13.


Dealers are never going to suggest that you double down, as casinos are more than happy to take as much of your money as possible.

By not knowing all of the rules, you are denying yourself equity at the blackjack table. Sure, blackjack is all about having fun, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a solid understanding of the rules in order to prolong and even grow your blackjack bankroll.