How to Be a Blackjack Dealer : What Does Double Down Mean in Blackjack?

How to Be a Blackjack Dealer : What Does Double Down Mean in Blackjack?


Hi. My name is Melissa Powell and I’m with
Expert Village. The next thing we’re going to talk about in playing Blackjack, is what
it means to double down. I’m going to deal the cards out again and show you an example
of a good time to double down. So let’s take a look. Once again, I’m going to deal the
cards for the purposes of just showing hands without dealing them properly. So each person
will now have two cards, like so. We start over here. This person has fifteen. Not a
great option to double down. So we’ll ignore that for now. Fifteen, again not a great option
to double down. So we’ll move on. Aha! Here we are with a hand of eleven. Now this is
a perfect opportunity to double down. So the player, let’s say, has bet one chip on this
hand. To double down essentially means to double your money. You’ve doubled the amount
of the bet on just one hand, so you hope to increase your chances by winning twice as
much money. However, when you double down, you only get one card. Which is why there
are very few hands that are very specifically meant to have double downs placed on them.
In this case, with an eleven, your chances of getting ten are much greater than any other
hand that would be helpful to you. So I deal them one more card and I deal it down horizontally,
like this. In this case, the Ace doesn’t help them all that much as they can’t use it as
an eleven or it would bust. So unfortunately, they only have twelve. But if they were to
have a ten, they would have twenty-one. Again, not a natural, but a very easily winning hand
and they would double their money. That’s when you double down.