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Double Down in Blackjack Game for Singaporean Players

Double Down is one of the least known rules in blackjack. Many beginners, as well as experienced blackjackers, make mistakes with this and don’t double up often enough. Those mistakes cost money in the long run.

Your chances of winning in blackjack are much better when you use the double down rule wisely. In this article you will learn how. Read on, it’s pretty easy.

What is double down in blackjack?

Double down means that you double your original bet after the dealer has dealt you your first two cards. If you started the game with a bet of SG$ 10, you add another SG$ 10. Your total bet is then SG$ 20.

After you have doubled the bet, the dealer gives you exactly one more card. No more and no less. You may not ask for a card after this. If you win the hand, you will earn twice as much money thanks to your double down.

When can you choose double down?

A double down is only allowed after you have received your first two cards. You no longer have this option later in the game.

1. You have hard nine and the dealer’s face-up card is two-six (inclusive)

A hard nine is a hand of two cards that add up to nine but don’t include an ace, so either two and seven, three and six or four and five.

2. You have hard 10 or 11 and the dealer’s face-up card is lower.

If your first two cards are two and eight, two and nine, three and seven, three and eight, four and six, four and seven, five and five or five and six and the dealer’s card is lower than yours, probability is in your favour.

Double down. You can’t go bust, but the dealer risks going over 21 because they have to hit until they reach 17.

3. You have soft 16, 17 or 18 and the dealer’s face-up card is two-six (inclusive)

Got an ace in your initial two-card hand alongside a five, six or seven? Dealer got a two, three, four, five or six?  It’s a good time to double down. With the ace’s ability to be a one or an 11, there’s a good chance you can improve your hand with one more card.

If you play blackjack in an online casino, it’s simple: you click on Double or the button marked X2 . The computer or the dealer in the live casino does the rest.

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