Double Attack Blackjack
Double Attack Blackjack is a cross between Spanish and classic blackjack. The Spanish blackjack element comes from using 48-card decks instead of 52-card decks, because the four 10-cards are removed. But because this sort of game favors the casino so much, the players will have additional options to shift the house edge back into their favor.
You’ll be able to find double attack blackjack at Bally’s and El Cortez in Las Vegas, Harrah’s in Philadelphia and in many Atlantic City casinos. We’ve outlined the rules for you below, in case you’d like to play this blackjack variations on your next trip to the casino.
How to Play Double Attack Blackjack
Double attack will have the same objective as traditional blackjack. It starts off the same way, too. The dealer shuffles up 8 decks while players make their bets. Then the dealer will give each player one card, while dealing himself one card face up.
And then this is where the game gets interesting. Players will now have the option to double their bet, hence the name “double attack” blackjack. They will want to base their decision off the dealer’s up card.
Once each player has made their decision, the second card is dealt.
The action will then start with the first player to the left of the dealer. Here are the rules and options that each player and the dealer will need to follow.
- The dealer peeks for blackjack with an ace or ten showing. He’ll flip over a blackjack, in which case all players with non natural blackjacks will lose.
- Players can double after a split.
- Aces cannot be re-split.
- Players can split up to 2 or 3 times (3 or 4 hands), depending on the casino.
- Players can double at any time.
- Players can surrender at any time.
- Split aces receive 1 card only.
- Players can accept insurance. It pays 5:2. Some casinos may pay 3:1.
- If the player surrenders, he’ll receive half of his total bet (original plus Double Attack) back.
- If the player doubles down or splits, his bet must match the total of his original bet and Double Attack bet.
- The dealer stands on soft 17.
- Blackjacks pay even money (1:1).
- Player blackjack pushes a dealer blackjack. The player receives his wager back.
Based on my research the insurance and splitting rules will vary from one (online) casino to the next, because of the software providers. You’ll see a difference between Playtech and IGT casinos, for example. IGT doesn’t allow re-splits, but has a higher insurance payout of 3:1. However, since you shouldn’t be taking insurance anyway (unless you’re a skilled card counter), I’d avoid these casinos and go play at the Playtech casinos.
Double Attack Bust It Side Bet
There is also a side bet that you can make – the double attack bust it side bet. You’ll make this side bet before seeing the first card and will be betting on whether or not the dealer will bust on the 3rd card they deal to themselves. Here are the (3rd) cards that bust the dealer and pay, and their payouts.
- 10 – Pays 3:1
- 9 – Pays 6:1
- 8 – Pays 8:1
- 7 – Pays 10:1
- 6 – Pays 15:1
There are additional payouts, too. For example, if the dealer happens to have an 8 in their hand and deals another 8 of the same color or suit and busts. An 8 of the same color pays 50:1 and the same suit pays 200:1.
The Bust It side bet has an 8% house edge.