# When Should You Double Down?

## Do dealers count Ace 1 or 11?

The Dealer’s first ace counts as 11 unless it busts the hand.

Subsequent aces count as one.

If the player’s total is closer to 21 than the Dealer’s, the player wins even money (1 – 1)..

## When can you double down?

There’s only one point in a game of blackjack when you have the opportunity to double down – directly after your initial two cards have been dealt. At this point there are three groups of hands where it makes most sense for you to double down on your initial bet.

## Should you always double down on 11?

In a single-deck game, you should always double down an 11 against any dealer upcard. Many players hesitate to double their bet on an 11 against a dealer’s strong Ace. … In the case of an 11 against a dealer’s A, after playing 100 hands at \$1 bet per hand, you’ll win \$16 on average by hitting but \$24 by doubling down.)

## Does dealer hit on soft 17?

At 17 points or higher the dealer must stay. (At most tables the dealer also hits on a “soft” 17, i.e. a hand containing an ace and one or more other cards totaling six.)

## Should you ever split 10s?

In Face-up Blackjack, where all the cards dealt are exposed, including both dealer’s cards, the correct strategy is to split 10s against the dealer’s 13, 14, 15 or 16. … It arises during the last hand of a round during a blackjack tournament.

## How do you double down?

The double down lets you place an additional bet, equal to your ante, in return for one extra card – and one card only. After receiving a third card, your hand is over and you must wait to see what the dealer has. It’s important to check the rules of the game you’re playing before you start.

## What are the odds of losing 10 blackjack hands in a row?

What about other length losing streaks?Probability of losing n hands in a row, ignoring pushes.nProbabilityOne in10 losses0.16%61411 losses0.08%116812 losses0.04%221910 more rows•Feb 18, 2016

## Do you split 3s against a 7?

When this is the case, single-deck players are advised to split only when the dealer has disadvantageous cards 3 through 7, and hit against the dealer’s deuce, 8, 9, 10, and ace. The pair of 3s should be split versus the dealer’s 4 through 7.

## What happens if dealer and player bust?

If both the player and the dealer have a tie—including with a blackjack—the bet is a tie or “push” and money is neither lost, nor paid. … If either the player or the dealer exceed 21 or “bust” the hand automatically loses. 6. If both the dealer and player bust, the player loses.

## Do you double down on 11 against a 10?

When you double down, you risk losing double your original bet, but with 11 vs. 10, you win double your bet more often, giving you a higher average profit.

## Do you hit a 12 against a 2?

Many players don’t hit 12 because they believe the dealer has a ten in the hole and, therefore, they won’t risk busting when the dealer has a weak upcard. … With a 2 upcard, the dealer has a 35% chance of busting and a 65% chance of making a 17 though 21. If you stand, you’ll win 35% of the time and lose 65% of the time.

## Can you double down anytime?

In return for this right, you agree to accept only one more card for your hand. You can double down only after looking at your first two cards. You cannot take a hit and double down. Many casinos allow you to double down for less than the amount of your original bet.

## Do you split 8s against a 9?

Basic strategy suggests to always split a pair of 8s regardless of the dealer’s upcard. In most cases, this is players’ best move as having a total of hard 16 is a breaking hand. This places them in a very unfavourable position as they can easily go bust.

## Do you hit or stay on 16?

The correct basic playing strategy for hard 16 is to stand when the dealer shows a small card (2 through 6) and hit when the dealer shows a high card (7, 8, 9, 10, or Ace). Following this playing strategy will not guarantee that you will win every time but that you are more likely to lose less in the long run..

## Why do blackjack dealers clap their hands?

Yes, dealers sometimes steal. … For example, when a dealer leaves a table, they have to “clear their hands.” “They clap their hands and turn their hands palm up and palm down for the camera to show, ‘I’m not stealing nothing,’” says Sal.

## What’s the difference between a soft 17 and a hard 17?

First, a quick review of what we mean by a soft hand. Any blackjack hand that contains an ace counted as an 11 is a soft hand. … For example, ace-6 is soft 17 whereas 10-7 and 7-9-ace hands are hard 17’s (notice that if your hand contains either no ace, or one or more aces that are each count as one, the hand is hard).

## Do you hit 12 against a 3?

Bottom line: Even though you’ll never get rich on 12 against a 3, no matter how you play it, hitting is the better play, because in the long run it will save you money compared to standing. Play #4. Not Splitting 8s Against a Dealer’s 9, 10, or Ace. “A 16 against a dealer’s 9, 10, or Ace is a loser.

## Should I hit on 13?

There is a very strong possibility that the dealer can still get busted. On the other hand, there’s a slight advantage to take a hit when you have a 12 even if a bust will occur in 4 out of 13. It’s still wise to double down when you get a 9, 10, or 11. So you should hit 8 or less, hit 12 and stand 13+.

## Should I split aces in blackjack?

Splitting aces gives a player two chances to hit 21. … Regardless of the payout for blackjack, the rules for resplitting, the rules for doubling, the rules for multiple card draws and the dealer’s cards, one should always split aces.

## Do you hit on 13 against a 3?

Basic strategy recommends standing on hard 13 against upcards 2 through 6 because these put the dealer in a breaking position. Conversely, the optimal approach for hard 13 when the dealer shows cards 7 through Ace is to take a hit.