Double Exposure Blackjack
A lot of different variants of Doube Exposure Blackjack can be found online and offline. It is therefore very important to check the rules for the specific table you wish to play at. The rules below are used by many casinos, but definitely not by all.
Rules for Double Exposure Blackjack
- Double Exposure Blackjack is played with eight decks, shuffled together. The standard 52 card deck is used, without any jokers or other wild cards.
- The dealer will give herself two cards, and both of them will be face-up. Therefore, you get a very good idea of the strength of the dealer’s hand. This is why Double Exposure Blackjack is called Double Exposure – both of the dealer’s cards are exposed.
- Unlike standard blackjack, Double Exposure Blackjack only pays 1:1 when you win with a blackjack. (This is a way for the casino to at least partly compensate itself for the fact that the players can see both of the dealer’s cards.)
- Doubling down is only allowed on a two-card hand worth 9 points, 10 points or 11 points.
- Splitting is allowed when you get two cards of identical value.
- Doubling down after a split is allowed. (Splitting a hand after doubling down is not possible, since you only get one more card after doubling down.)
- You can split a hand a maximum of three times, resulting in four individual hands.
- The aces are governed by special rules when it comes to splitting. When you split two aces, you only get one additional card on each ace. There is an exception though: if an ace lands on an ace after a split, you can split again if you want to, and get one card on each of the aces.
- If you split aces, and a ten point card lands on a ace, that hand is not a blackjack. Only start hands can be blackjacks. Ace + 10 after a split is worth the same as any other 21 point hand.
- The dealer is not allowed to make decisions about her hand. She most hit on 16 points and below, and she must also hit if she has a soft 17. If she has a hard 17 or above, she must stay.
- If you and the dealer get hands of equal value, you have lost your wager. This separates Double Exposure Blackjack from all those blackjack variants where you get to keep your wager in case of a tie.Important: If you and the dealer both have blackjacks, the rules for Double Exposure Blackjack stipulate that you win and you get paid 1:1.
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