Double Exposure Blackjack
Double Exposure Blackjack can be found in a number of places where blackjack online is played. It is also found in land-based casinos, notably in Las Vegas. There was a hotel/casino called Vegas World where it was quite popular for many years.
There is no mystery as to why it has been so popular. Indeed, speaking of mysteries, when you play double exposure blackjack, one of the great mysteries of each and every hand is revealed, as both of the dealer's cards are exposed to you. There is no need to guess as to what kind of a hand you are playing against. Therefore, you are going to make playing decisions a little differently. When you are dealt a 17, for example, you would usually stand with that total. However, if you knew the dealer had two ten-value cards, you would be aware that you were not going to win that way. You would have to hit the hand.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, in some ways it is.
Of course, the object of the game is like it is in any other variation of blackjack online; that is to say, you either must get closer to the total of 21 than the dealer, or to successfully stay under 21 while the dealer goes over that total.
How you go after that pursuit is obviously different. In knowing what the dealer's hole card is, you are going to govern yourself accordingly, but there are a few things you are going to have to concede in exchange for that privilege.
To begin with, you are no longer going to be paid a bonus on any "natural." To refresh for a moment, while most winning hands pay off at even money, winning a "blackjack" when you are dealt a two-card total of 21 usually pays 3-to-2. In Double Exposure Blackjack, all blackjacks pay off at even money, just like all the rest. There is an upside to this, we should mention, which is that you will win a tie in the event that both you and the dealer start with a two-card 21.
When you are playing any version of blackjack, you don't really want the dealer to be able to hit on soft 17 (Ace-Six), because he will be able to make more hands that way. In Double Exposure blackjack, that is exactly the case. You will also only be able to double on 9, 10 or 11, which means that there is no soft doubling allowed.
Oh, and there is another thing we need to mention: aside from the tie on the two-card 21, you are going to lose in all other cases when you are tied with the dealer. This you'll find to be something very significant, when you consider that on average, you are going to tie, or "push," 8% of the time with the dealer. As we know, the number of ties is going to be much less because you are going to know all the dealer's cards and will consciously try to avoid this.
In many ways, when you blackjack online under the rules of Double Exposure, what you see is what you get. It's certainly fun, but not a walk in the park.