Double Attack Blackjack

There is a new blackjack variation getting some attention that allows players to be extra aggressive with their bets. The game is called Double Attack Blackjack and, according to the Lake County News-Sun, this blackjack game can be found at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

The game has a bigger risk than in regular blackjack, because you are playing with less information. In this blackjack game, the dealer sets down his up card before dealing any player cards. You start by making your initial wager. The dealer’s up card is then laid down. At that point, you have the option of increasing your bet by up to your wager amount (meaning if you wagered $20 you can add up to an additional $20). In addition, you can place a Bustit wager, which is a side bet that the dealer will bust in three cards or fewer.

As with most blackjack variations and side bets, though this game may be fun to play, it is not as good as traditional blackjack in terms of payouts. Using a modified basic strategy, blackjack statistician Michael Shackelford (aka The Wizard of Odds) says that Double Attack Blackjack has a house edge of 0.62%. For the traditional game, basic strategy gives it a 0.5% house edge.

Aside from the risk of increasing your be knowing only the dealer’s up card and not seeing your own cares, another bad rule is that natural blackjacks only pay even money, rather than 3:2. The game also uses a 48-card deck, with tens removed. The good news is that the game allows late surrender and you can double on anything, including after splitting. Still, as the house edge shows, the game’s odds are worse than traditional blackjack. If you want to play for fun, that is fine, but I wouldn’t make it my regular blackjack game.

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