Blackjack Variations: Double Exposure

Double Exposure is one of those seemingly deceptive blackjack variations. It sounds pretty good for a player but in the end there are always rules that eat away at the player’s blackjack odds. And the thing with this blackjack variation is that it can be found in online blackjack and in brick and mortar casinos.

So what makes Double Exposure so deceptive when it comes to blackjack variations? The main in-your-face rule of Double exposure is that all cards are dealt face up, including the dealer’s hole card. So there are no surprises here. Yes, it does add to the player’s blackjack odds by 8.80% but there are other rules that lessen its impact.

The other rules in Double Exposure Blackjack are that the dealer wins all ties except on a tie with a natural blackjack—that becomes a push. And a player’s blackjack only plays even money. In other words you are only receiving a 1-1 payout for the best hand in this game. And players can only split pairs once. It breaks down in odds like this:

House wins ties: -9%
Blackjack pays even money: -2.27%
Only split once: -0.10%

So let’s add that up and we have a negative hit to our blackjack odds of 11.37%. That is a very hard hit to a player’s blackjack odds. And this is exactly why I do not like blackjack variations. They try to trick players, luring them in with one or two really great rules and then hitting them hard with sneaky rules. Although the house winning all ties should be a dead giveaway not play this blackjack variation. In fact when it comes to casino games and their variations, the variations should probably be avoided.

So while having all of the dealer’s cards showing can add 8.80% to your blackjack odds, this variation’s other rules not only take it away, but they hit you for -2.57%. So you gain nothing and lose even more.