Double Exposure Blackjack

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Double Exposure blackjack provides players with a few interesting twists on the usual blackjack version that is so familiar and liked. This version of the game is called ‘double exposure’ because both the dealer’s cards are exposed (sometimes this game is called Face Up 21). This presents the player with a big advantage and the casino is compensated for this player advantage by having a few rules that tip the house edge back in its favor.

You can play this game in all of Microgaming online casinos and in many land casinos in the US and Asia. In this game you play against the dealer and your objective is to beat the dealer by having a hand total of 21 or as close to 21 as possible, while the dealer’s hand is lower or when the dealer goes bust.

Double Exposure Blackjack Rules

Double Exposure is played with 8 decks of cards. A round of play starts with you receiving two face up cards and the dealer receiving two face up cards. Double down is allowed only on hard 9, 10 and 11. Doubling down is allowed after a split. Only one card is dealt after splitting aces.

When playing regular blackjack a player will need to be insane to hit on a hand value of 18, however in double exposure you can see both the dealer’s cards so if the dealer has a hand value of 20 you will have to take a chance and hit on 18 as getting a 3 will give you a total hand value of 21 and you will win. If you do not you lose the hand but you would have lost it anyway if you did not hit.

The advantage you are offered by the fact that you can see both the dealer’s cards is offset by the fact that all winning hands pay 1-to-1, including a winning natural blackjack.

Double Exposure Blackjack Dealer’s Rules

The dealer must hit on soft 17 and stand on hard 17. The dealer wins all ties except for a tie on blackjack. When both the dealer and you are tied at 21, you win the hand and get a payout of 1-to-1.

Strategy Advice

If the dealer is showing a hand total of a hard 17 or an 18 (soft or hard), you know that they are not allowed to draw any more cards. Therefore you have to hit until you go over their total or bust your hand.

If the dealer is showing a total hand value of 12, 13, 14, 15, or 16 you know that the dealer will need to draw at least another one card and has a reasonable chance of busting out of the hand. In this case you should avoid hitting your hand if you also have a possibility of going bust (if your hand total is 12 or higher). Simply stand your hand and hope the dealer busts theirs.

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