Understanding Double Exposure Blackjack Strategy
May 1, 2015
In the game of Double Exposure, the dealer's cards are both shown. In exchange for this, blackjack pays even money, and the dealer wins on ties except on blackjacks, which are a push. You can also only split once per hand. The rules themselves aren't very limiting, but you'll have to be very good at the strategic side of the game if you want a good payout rate. What we're going to do here is look at a very specific type of situation when the player and dealer both have hard totals. This covers most hands, and it also sets up the foundations for strategy for this game.
First let's look at when the dealer has a total of 11 or less since these situations more or less match up with typical blackjack scenarios. You'll play this exactly like you would in normal blackjack games with one major exception. When you're facing an 11, you'll stand on a 14 or higher. You'll also stand on a 15 or higher against a ten, and you'll stand on a 16 or higher against everything except for hitting against a dealer 7. This is a major adjustment that covers a lot of important hands, and you'll be making big mistakes if you don't playt hese spots correctly.
Now let's look at dealer totals of 12 to 16 because these include a lot of chances for the player to double. If you have a 12 or higher, you're always going to stand against hard dealer totals of 12 to 16 because of the overwhelming chance that the dealer goes bust. With your own totals of 11 and lower, you're always going to double when facing a 14 through 16. If you're up against a 12 or 13, you'll double with totals of 8 to 11 and hit with totals of 7 and lower.
Finally we have dealer hands of 17 and up. Essentially, you're going to hit if the dealer ties you or if the dealer has a higher total than you since this is your only way to win. One of the main mistakes that players will make here is standing on a tie because they forget (or simply don't know) that ties lose for the player in this game. If you pay attention to the small details like this, you'll avoid a lot of mistakes.