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When to Double Down in Blackjack

20 Apr 2022

Learn when to Double Down in blackjack online and you’ve got a great skill that gives you the potential of doubling your profits!

Double Down is a good next step when playing Blackjack at Pure Win as it’s easy to learn, while it gives you chances of earning a lot more from your initial hand.

NOTE: When using this move, just keep in mind that you will be doubling your bet, and there’s a risk of losing more than you initially placed. Only use Double Down Blackjack if your bankroll allows it.

What is Doubling Down in Blackjack?

In case you’ve never heard about the term before, here’s how to use the Double Down Blackjack feature when playing live casino online at Pure Win:

After being dealt your hand, you Double Down. This doubles your stake while giving you one more card, and then the hand will Stand.

Why would you do this? Because you believe that you have a strong chance at getting a strong hand with just one more card and that the dealer will either lose or bust.

When Should I Double Down in Blackjack?

There are a few instances when you should consider doubling down in blackjack:

When your cards show a total of 11: This is a 100% Double Down moment. You have a very good chance of landing a card that will strengthen your hand. It’s impossible to bust here and a low probability of getting a low card, making this the perfect hand for Doubling Down!

When your cards show a total of 10: This is yet another hand that cannot bust with only one more card, which makes it a good one to Double Down. However, if the dealer has a high card of 10 or Ace, it’s recommended to skip the doubling and instead go for a regular Hit, as the dealer’s risk of ending up with a strong hand is too high.

When you have a hard 9: These should receive a regular Hit if the dealer has anything higher than 6, but below that, it’s usually fine to Double Down.

When your hand is a soft 12-17: Just like with a hard nine, hands like these shouldn’t be doubled with a dealer hand higher than 6. They can be played as follows:

  • Soft 12 or 13: Double Down when the dealer has a 5 or 6.

  • Soft 14 or 15: Double Down when the dealer has a 4, 5, or 6.

  • Soft 16 or 17: Double Down when the dealer has a 3, 4, 5, or 6.


Doubling Down in Blackjack allows you to add some extra cash to a strong hand for you to increase your profit if you win.

It’s a move that should only be done sparingly, as being overconfident about your hands will risk that you end up losing more than you’ve won.

Be patient, wait for the right hands, and Double Down when you feel like it’s the right thing to do. Best of luck at the tables!

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