Double Exposure Blackjack is a Blackjack variant which uses multiple 52 card decks. It is also known as Dealer Disclosure or Face Up 21. The main difference versus regular Blackjack is that the dealer’s cards are revealed to the players from the beginning of the game. This will obviously give players an extra advantage so other rules have been changed to even out the house edge.
There are a lot of variations around the rules of Double Exposure Blackjack depending on the venue where you play. One of the main differences it has compared to regular Blackjack is the matter of the tie. When a tie occurs the player may get his bet back but doesn’t win anything. This is also called a push. In Double Exposure Blackjack, all ties (except tied blackjacks) are won by the dealer every time. Here is a quick recap of some other variations of the normal rules:
- Players will only get even money and can’t get the 3:2 payoff like in traditional Blackjack
- Dealers have to hit on a soft 17
- The player will win a tied blackjack
- Players can double down on 9, 10 and 11 and after a split
- The player can also perform three splits, forming four hands
- You can’t surrender in Double Exposure Blackjack
- In the game of Double Exposure Blackjack, a split Ace and a 10 do not make a blackjack - only the number 21
- Aces can be re-split, even though only one card can be used to split an ace
- There is no insurance in the game of Double Exposure Blackjack
- Obviously the best hand in the game is the blackjack (21) when it consists of an ace and a card with a value of 10. If the player gets this hand he automatically wins the game.
One of the major tricks that Double Exposure Blackjack can play on you as a player is making you think that your hand is stronger than it really is. This is mostly due to the fact that you can see the dealer’s cards at all times. But if you just stick to regular Blackjack strategies while keeping note of the differing rules you will surely have a good time.