After receiving your first two cards you have the option to double down. This means you are allowed to double your original bet in exchange for receiving only one more card from the dealer. The hand played consists of your original two cards plus one more from the dealer. You will learn the strategy for when to double down on soft hands next week.
2 blackjack basic strategy rules for doubling down on hard hands:
- DOUBLE 11 and 10 when you have at least one less than the dealer
- DOUBLE 9 vs. dealer 3 thru 6
Here is the section of the blackjack basic strategy chart that summarizes the above 2 rules:
Until next time, memorize the above 2 new blackjack basic strategy rules. By learning the few rules you have up to this point, you will play blackjack better than 99% of the population.