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Double Attack Blackjack Review

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Overview

Double Attack Blackjack is one of many variations on the classic game of Blackjack.

While there are many similarities between standard Blackjack and Double Attack Blackjack, there are also some substantial differences. Double Attack Blackjack uses what’s called a “Spanish” deck. This is a deck of cards that has had the 10 of each suit removes (leaving the Royal cards that are all valued at 10 in Blackjack). As ten valued cards benefit the player more than the dealer in Blackjack (they contribute to Blackjacks, help when doubling and make the dealer bust more often) the removal of these cards is a bad thing for players. Alongside this Blackjack (an Ace and a Ten) only pays 1 to 1, less than the normal 3 to 2.

There are several other rules that help the player to make up for the removal of the 10 cards. When dealing the cards the dealer will normally – when playing standard Blackjack – deal the player card and one dealer upcard before the player gets to take any action. When playing Double Attack Blackjack the dealer upcard is dealt first, then the player is given the option to double their bet before the player hands are dealt. This means that if the dealer has a weak upcard you can get extra money out.

As well as this, the player can Double or Surrender at any point before they Stand their hand, where standard Blackjack only allows you to Double or Surrender on your first two cards.

Optimal strategy for Double Attack Blackjack comes down to whether to ‘Double Attack’ and Basic Strategy. You should take the Double Attack on dealer upcards of 2-8.

Like regular Blackjack, Double Attack Blackjack has a Basic Strategy that will minimise the player’s disadvantage. You can find this strategy here;

Player’s Hand Dealer’s Upcard
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
5-8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H H H H D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D Dr16 H H H
11 D D D D D D Dr16 Dr16 Dr16 Dr17
12 H H H H H H H H H H
13 H H H H H H H H H H
14 H H S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H H
16 S S S S S H H H H H
17 S S S S S S S S S R
18+ S S S S S S S S S S
A2 H H H H H H H H H H
A3 H H H H H H H H H H
A4 H H H H H H H H H H
A5 H H H H D H H H H H
A6 H H D D D H H H H H
A7 S S S Ds Ds S S H H H
A8 S S S S S S S S S S
A9 S S S S S S S S S S
22 H P P P P P H H H H
33 H P P P P P P H H H
44 H H H H H H H H H H
55 D D D D D D Dr16 H H H
66 H H P P P H H H H H
77 P P P P P P H H H H
88 P P P P P P P P P P
99 S S P P P S P P S S
TT S S S S S S S S S S
AA P P P P P P P P P P*
H Hit
S Stand
D Double else Hit
Dr16 Double else Hit, Surrender after Double if total less than 16
Dr17 Double else Hit, Surrender after Double if total less than 17
Ds Double else Stand
P Split
P* Split, Follow post Double Surrender strategy after AA split when not possible to Hit
R Surrender

The House Edge for Double Attack Blackjack depends on the rules you are playing against and that you use the optimal strategy in the Basic Strategy table above, but online seems fairly consistent at ~0.35%.

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