Making the Most of a Double Down

Splitting pairs and doubling down are two of the blackjack plays deemed to be favorites. Mostly because they offer the opportunity to get a little more in one round than the average round. But of the two, double down is the preferred of the two plays. It has the ability to win more money on one hand, whereas with a split pair you might lose one hand and win the other, creating a draw. And that applies to blackjack online as well as in a casino.

But in order to take the most advantage of a double down you need to know the best times in blackjack to double down. Sure you can look on a basic strategy chart and see when those times are, but why at those times? Knowing the why can help enforce when to double down and can keep you doubling down when it’s best and not at less advantageous times.

There are three hard hands that you want to double down on: 9, 10 and 11. But you don’t want to double down on those hands against every single dealer’s up card. These are the times to double down in blackjack:

Hard 9 against a dealer’s 3, 4, 5 or 6
Hard 10 against a dealer’s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9
Hard 11 against a dealer’s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10

The reasons that these are the best times to double down in blackjack is because if you only receiving one more card. And because you are only receiving one more card your starting total needs to be strong without being a stiff hand. Stiff hands begin at hard 12. Hard 9, 10 and 11 are as strong as you can get for a starting total without putting yourself in dance of busting.

Even if you double down on a hard 9 and only receive an 8 that still gives you 17, which is still a reasonable hand to stand on.

But doubling down has such a draw to it in blackjack because of the potential of making twice the winnings on only one hand. You just have to know the best times to double down and why they are the best. Don’t be afraid of putting down the extra wager amount to double down in a blackjack game, be it an online blackjack game or one in a casino.