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Double Attack Blackjack

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

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.

Blackjack Variations: Double Attack Blackjack

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Similar to Spanish 21, double attack blackjack is a blackjack variation that is popular in casinos found in Atlantic City, New Jersey, though it can also be found online. In this variation, blackjacks only pay even money, rather than 3:2, but there are some rules that are beneficial to the player as well.

The major difference in the game is that in double attack blackjack, players are able to double their wager after seeing the dealer’s up card. With traditional blackjack, if you double you only get one more card, but with double attack blackjack, the first card dealt is the dealer’s up card. Based on that, you decide whether or not you want to double your bet. If you do, you can take as many cards as you want, but you cannot double again. After the players decide whether or not to double, the players are dealt two cards each and the dealer takes a hole card.

There is also a side bet in this game on whether or not the dealer will bust on the third card. This side bet is called BustIt and is made before you see the dealer’s up card, though, so it is a completely blind bet. If you bet that the dealer will bust on the third card and he does, your payout is different depending on what that third card was. If the third card was a 10, it pays 3:1. If the third card is a nine, it pays 6:1. If the third card was an eight, it pays 8:1. If the third card is a seven, it pays 10:1, and finally, the best deal of all happens if the third card is a six, because that pays out a whopping 15 to 1!

Because the game is played differently, the basic strategy for double attack blackjack is different than from traditional blackjack. The house edge for double attack blackjack is higher than in the traditional game. With most rules, the house edge is 0.62%, compared to 0.5% with traditional blackjack.