| How to Play Double Exposure Blackjack
|Double Exposure is a variation of
standard blackjack where both the dealers cards are exposed, hence the name.
Now of course there are added rules to compensate for the obvious player gain
from this variation. Don't let that put you off because when played well this
game offers a low house edge, in fact one of the lowest.
Its not that
common a game but it is played at a few big land casinos and even some online
casinos, like Dublinbet, where you can pick up the
code when you join up.
The usual rules of blackjack
apply except the following;
Both dealer cards are
dealt face up There are some other rules which vary
from casino to casino, even online. Sometimes you will see;
Dealer wins on ties except for Blackjacks
Splits are limited to one
Dealer hits soft
Tied Blackjacks winning
for the player Depending on the
rules you are playing the standard blackjack house edge is about 0.6%. So let
see what the rule variations in this game does to the house edge for Double
No doubling after splitting
Can double on any first 2
Can split more than once
Player prevented from splitting unlike
10s (like Jack and ten)
If the dealer stands
on soft 17 then you gain 0.4%.
If you can double after splitting then you
If your tied Blackjack wins then you gain
Split only once -0.7%
Double only 9, 10 and
eleven (no soft totals) -1%
So a typical game of 8
decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double only 9, 10 and 11, split once only, can
double after split and Blackjack ties win gives the house edge of 0.7%. So the
game is quite close to a typical 8 deck blackjack game. But when you find this
game and want to play check that those three Gain options are actually there
otherwise you are playing quite a tough game percentage.
There are some obvious plays in this variation that you will
never make in standard blackjack. If you have 20 and the dealer has 20 you must
take a card. For hard totals that means you are trying to hit an Ace only but
you automatically lose if you don't hit.
Also there are situations you
will not have come across before, like hard totals of 12 and upwards against
soft 16. Surprisingly you do exactly what you do if the dealer has hard 16, not
that that occurs in regular BJ, stand on all of
This is a fun change from the regular game so
treat just as that and don't get carried away. There will be many new
situations which you'll have to think about which is a nice change.