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Doublet Blackjack Rules
The groundwork for Doublet Blackjack is similar to traditional blackjack. The goal is to create a hand that has a value as close to '21' as possible without going over. More importantly, however, you want the value of your hand to surpass that of the dealer's hand. The value of each card will be determined by its face. The exception here is that aces are worth 1 or 11 points and picture cards are worth 10 points.
How to Play Doublet Blackjack
The start of the game will resemble that of Diamond Blackjack. Players will make their standard wager for the blackjack aspect of the game, but also have the option to make up to 2 bonus bets if they'd like.
Doublet Blackjack Bonus Bet
The first bonus bet is the '21' bet. This is a wager that the cards dealt will be a natural blackjack. If the player wins, they will receive a payout of 19:1 and if anything but a blackjack is dealt they will automatically lose their wager.
The second bonus bet is the '77' bonus. This is a wager that one of 3 sevens will be dealt to the player (2 cards dealt initially, then one more if the player chooses to hit). The first 7 dealt will pay odds of 8:1, the second will pay odds of 40:1 and the last will pay odds of 250:1. Any 7s dealt to a split hand will not be considered for the bonus bet, only the initial cards dealt.
Once the player has chosen what bets they'd like to make, they are then dealt their cards. They have several options as to what to do with their hand:
- Players can hit, double down, split or stand. Players cannot surrender on the first two cards dealt.
- Hands can be split up to 3 times making 4 different hands. Split aces will only receive one card for each hand. If another ace is dealt to a split ace, players can split them again. Players can double down after a hand has been split. Similar valued hands (Ks, Qs, Js, Ts) can also be split.
- Players can double down whenever they want. They can hit their hand once and double down or hit their hand twice and then double down. They can do it whenever they want. Only one card will be given on a double down and players will have to stand. Players can surrender after doubling down.
- Dealer stands on 17.
- One of the most interesting aspects of the game is that when players are dealt natural blackjacks and the dealer has an ace showing, there is an option to take an even money payout on their wager instead of 3:2. This is opposed to the possibility of the dealer having a blackjack, pushing with the player and the player making nothing for their 21.
The last aspect of Doublet Blackjack to keep in mind is the European Blackjack element. The dealer will only deal him or herself one card with the rest of their hand being played out once each player is done with their hands. This means that you can still make double downs and splits with the possibility of still losing to a blackjack. This is unlike other games where the dealer will peek for a natural first if an ace is showing thus saving you from making extra unnecessary wagers.
Playing Doublet Blackjack
Doublet Blackjack is definitely an interesting game if you enjoy the dynamics of both European and Diamond Blackjack.
Keep in mind that since there are several side bets that can be made and the fact that you can lose money to a dealer's natural 21 after doubling down and splitting (wagering more money) that it might be a good idea to have a larger bankroll to play this blackjack variation.