Blackjack rules for Double Attack Blackjack give you the
opportunity to double your bet if you feel that the dealer has a weak up card.
A Spanish Deck is used which has 48 cards instead of the usual 52. The four 10’s are removed. Ace through 9 and J, Q, K are all in play. Eight 48 card decks are normally used. Insurance pays 5/2 but blackjack pays even money instead of the usual 3/2.
After all players place their initial wager the dealer will
reveal his or her up-card. This is done before
any cards are dealt to the players. Based on the value of the up-card, players
have the option to Double Attack the
dealer’s hand by placing an additional bet in the appropriate betting circle.
The amount must be equal to or less than the initial wager. After two cards are
dealt to each player the following options are playable:
Double Down – on any two cards on the initial and double attack wagers up to the original bet.
Split – any pair. Players must place an equal amount for both the initial and double attack wagers. Split aces are dealt one card.
Surrender – When the dealer does not have a blackjack players can surrender ½ of
their wager(s) including after hitting, splitting or doubling down.
The blackjack rules for this optional side bet pays if the dealer busts with exactly three cards. Otherwise the bet loses. Players can wager as little as one dollar up to their original amount but not more than $50. Here is the payout table:
Third Bust Card
J, Q, K -pays 3/1 Nine - pays 6/1
Eight pays 8/1
Seven – pays 10/1
Six – pays 15/1
Bonus 8-8-8 (same color) – pays 50/1
Bonus 8-8-8 (suited) –
According to simple basic BJ strategy, if a dealer’s up-card is 2 or 3; he or she is considered neutral; 4, 5 or 6 up is a potential weak hand and a 7 through ace indicates a possible strong hand. If you are going to double attack, make your minimum wage when a 2 or 3 is showing, your maximum when a 4, 5 or 6 is up and do not attack a dealer hand displaying a 7 through ace. Remember you do not have any cards at this time.
The insurance payout of 5/2 (for the few players that choose this option) is more than double the standard 2/1 however when taking insurance you are betting that the dealer has a blackjack, and with 32 10’s removed from an eight deck game, the dealer could have fewer blackjacks. Doubling down is also less effective for the player in that there are fewer 10’s.
Despite this, the house edge for double attack blackjack is 0.6%
Although the Bust It! Side bet can be made for as little as one dollar, keep in mind that in order for you to win, the dealer must first bust and then with only three cards.
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