Double Exposure Blackjack also known as Zweikartenspiel is a variant of Blackjack. This game got its name from a unique feature in which both cards of dealer are exposed to the players in the beginning only. Double Exposure is one of the best profitable version of blackjack. In this game it seems that the players have the advantage over the dealer but there are other rules that evens the advantage.
Rules for Double Exposure Blackjack
Double Exposure Blackjack is played in the same way as standard blackjack but there are certain rules that may vary. Double Exposure Blackjack makes use of 8 regular decks for playing the game. The players can use splitting of cards in this game when two cards are of the same value which also includes the un-alike Jacks, Kings, Queens having the same value as 10. By splitting cards the player needs to make a new bet of the same value as the initial bet on the new hand. The player can split and play up to 4 hands. Different casinos have different rules set to play Double Exposure Blackjack but some of the other basic rules of the game are given below-
- Both cards of the dealer are exposed
- Double Down after splitting cards
- Double Down at any hand with the value 9,10 or 11
- Dealer will always hit a soft 17 hand
- House Edge of the Double Exposure Blackjack game, is 0.69%
- Dealer wins on all the except a natural Blackjack
- Aces can be re-split
Tips for playing Double Exposure Blackjack
Double Exposure Blackjack offers a greater house advantage then the standard blackjack but still the players can increase their chances of winning by using a proper strategy. Some of the tips and strategies that can enhance the winning chances of the player are-
Double Down Strategy
According to the rules of the game the players should double down only with the hand values 9,10 or 11 but this strategy can be applied only at few times. If the player is holding a hand value of nine then the player should double down only if the dealer is showing 5-6 or 12-15. If the player is having the hand value 10 and the dealer’s value is 10-8 or 12-15 then the player should double down. The player should double down the pairs of five only if the dealer has the value 4-8 or 2-15.
A standard Blackjack favors to split the pair of aces but in Double Exposure Blackjack the players should never split aces if the dealer is showing eleven.