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Double Exposure Blackjack at Seminole Casinos

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Blackjack players in the U.S. state of Florida have a new version of the game to play. The Seminole casinos now have tables for the Double Exposure variant of the game. The game should be popular with less experienced players and those who are looking for something a little different.

The biggest change in the rules for Double Exposure blackjack is that, as the name implies, both of the dealer’s two cards are dealt face up, rather than having a face-down “hole card.” The advantage of those rules is obvious. With traditional blackjack, you don’t know what kind of hand the dealer has. You have to make all of your decisions – hit, stand, double, split, surrender – while only seeing one of the dealer’s cards and taking a guess about the hand. With Double Exposure blackjack, that guesswork is removed. To compensate for that player advantage, players only win even money for drawing a natural blackjack, rather than 3 to 2. Another rule change to the house’s advantage is that the dealer wins all ties, and the house limits the number of times players can split or double down.

According to, the blackjack game is being offered at three Seminole casinos in Florida, the Seminole Hard Rock, the Seminole Coconut Creek, and the Seminole Casino Hollywood Classic.

The house edge for Double Exposure is larger than with traditional blackjack, but it is still among the best in the casino. Players will enjoy having fewer decisions to make, which should make the games a hit. The blackjack variant will soon be available at all of the Seminole’s Florida casinos.

Blackjack Variations: Double Exposure

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Blackjack is one of my favorite games and one of the things that I like about it is its simplicity. The game has the perfect combination of chance and skill and it’s not very difficult to memorize blackjack basic strategy. The game is all about playing the percentages and each possible move already has pre-determined odds of success. It is a game that is fun, simple and pure. Some people, however, feel a need to take that game and tweak it a little and we end up with variations on the game. There are a lot of blackjack variations out there and to be honest, I don’t like any of them as much as the original. Earlier I covered the games of pontoon and Spanish 21, which are the most common variations. Today I am writing about a variation called double exposure. I know what you’re thinking: How can something called “double exposure” be bad? Well, keep reading.

The double exposure variation of blackjack is normally only found in online casinos, though it can occasionally be found on casino cruises or brick and mortar casinos. The game also sometimes goes by the name of face-up 21 or dealer disclosure.

The main difference between the double exposure variation and traditional blackjack is that with this version of the game, both of the dealer’s cards are face up, rather than there being a hole card. Obviously, this change is highly beneficial to the player. You don’t have to guess what hand the dealer has when deciding what move to make, because you can actually see for sure what he has. Don’t let that fool you, though. Other rule changes are made to even that out.

The main rule change that hurts the player is about ties. In traditional blackjack, if the dealer and the player have the same value hand, it’s a push, meaning the player doesn’t win anything but gets to keep the original bet. However, in double exposure blackjack those ties are considered a loss for the player, including if they both have blackjack. Losing money with a 21 is tough to swallow.

Another common rule change with double exposure blackjack is that blackjacks only pay even money rather than 3:2 or even 6:5. The player usually can only split once and can’t hit after doubling. After taking into account all of the rule changes, double exposure blackjack has a higher house edge than the traditional game and it can be as high as 1.47%. See why I prefer the original game?