Double-Deck (DD) Blackjack
The goal of Double-Deck Blackjack is the same as any other Blackjack game: Get a higher score than the dealer without going over 21. Unlike most other Blackjack games, only two 52-card decks are shuffled together at the start of each hand.
DD Blackjack Basics
At the start of each round, players are dealt two cards face down and the dealer’s card is dealt face up. If the dealer is showing an Ace or 10, they will check for Blackjack. With an Ace, insurance will be offered and Even Money is available for those who have Blackjack. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, they will continue the hand in normal fashion.
Next, players have the opportunity to make a decision on their hand.
DD Hand Decisions
Hit – similar to traditional Blackjack, players can request additional cards in an effort to reach 21 without busting. They can also stand at any point, if the goal is to make the dealer bust.
Double – in order to double, the player must show that they have a nine (9), ten (10) or eleven (11). An additional wager can then be placed and the double down card will be delivered face down and tucked. The player will have the option from the dealer to take a peek at the card.
Split – when delivered two (2) like-valued cards, players can make an additional wager (equal to original) to create a second hand. Each split hand must receive at least one (1) card. Additional splits are not permitted.
- If the dealer draws to 22 or more, all remaining hands win.
- If the dealer has or draws between 17 and 21, all remaining hands must beat the dealer in order to be paid.
- All winning bets will be paid one to one (1:1). Any bet with the same card total as the dealer will push.
- Blackjack pays 3 to 2.
- Dealer will stand on seventeen (17), hard or soft.
- Original hands may be split once.
- Aces may only be split once and will receive one hit card.
- No double after a split.
- Double Down is only allowed on nine (9) ten (10) and eleven (11).
- Double on Blackjack is allowed.
- Insurance is allowed.
- A one dollar ($1) ante will be charged every hand, regardless of amount being wagered.
- Cards can only be handled with one (1) hand.
- If playing two (2) hands, the hand closest to the dealer’s left must be acted on and tucked before the second hand is played.
- Once the cards are tucked, the player is no longer allowed to touch them.