Double exposure is a blackjack variation in which both dealer cards are exposed. Naturally there are other rule changes that favor the dealer to compensate. Although the house edge is greater than conventional blackjack, it still ranks as one of the best bets in the casino, if played properly. The basic strategy for this game is different, both because the player can see dealer cards 11 to 20 and because the player loses all ties except blackjacks.
“Double Exposure Blackjack” is not a popular variant of Blackjack, though many players enjoy this version. A whopping eight 52-card decks are used in “Double Exposure Blackjack” with no benefit for the players; moreover, the cards are shuffled before each hand begins. However, the player can’t help loving “Double Exposure Blackjack” in a special way because the game has got “that something”: as the name may suggest, both dealer cards are given face-up at the beginning of the game.
The purpose of the game is the same of standard Blackjack: the player must get as close to 21 as possible and beat the banker without busting. The banker, on the other hand, is usually taking cards until he gets at least 17 points whether he has dealt an ace or not (the classic “soft 17”). No insurance against the banker’s Blackjack is provided in “Double Exposure Blackjack”.
As far as concerns splitting rules, all face-cards have a value of 10 in “Double Exposure Blackjack”, so the players can split them with no restriction. Players may split every hand up to three times, for a maximum of four hands. They can split aces twice or thrice, but the player can take only one card. As in traditional Blackjack, it is possible to double down only if the first two cards have a value of 9, 10 or 11.
Banker’s first two cards are exposed in “Double Exposure Blackjack”. It’s a very important strategy which often determines who will win the game, though the banker wins on every tie but, when his and the player’s hand tie, the player will be the winner. The only exception is Blackjack (21 points with the first two cards).
“Double Exposure Blackjack” is a good mix between a series of advantages for the player (the banker’s two cards exposed, the opportunity of splitting aces as well as other cards, etc.) and some banker’s advantages (in fact, all tied hands are won by the banker). Very popular in land-based casinos, “Double Exposure Blackjack” is a thrilling Blackjack version.