Do you know all of the times when it is opportune to double down in blackjack? I know most players, including novices, know that a hard 10 and a hard 11 can be doubled down on in most cases, but doubling down options do not end with hard 10 and hard 11.
While not every variation of blackjack allows for doubling down on hands other than a hard 10 or hard 11, there are other variations with more expansive double down options. For example did you know that there are 18 hands soft hands that have better odds when doubling down than if you were to only hit or stand? There are also 8 pairs whose odds are better as a double down than splitting.
Considering that doubling down can increase your blackjack odds by 1.6%, it pays to know when the best times to double down are—all of your options. It also pays to find the blackjack games which offer few or no restrictions on when a player can double down.
But as for knowing the best times to double down, blackjack players can find that on any basic strategy chart. This is an easy—not to mention free—way of knowing what play to make when. Think of it as an easy to use blackjack strategy tool. Basic strategy can be used in land casinos and in online casinos without fear of being busted and tossed out of the casino or banned from playing. Despite the fact that playing perfect basic strategy can lower the house edge to 0.5%, casinos do not fear it. So print a copy of the chart and take it with you on your next visit to a land casino; or pull it up in another window when playing blackjack online.
With an increase of 1.6% to your blackjack odds, knowing all of the times when it is best double down pays off.