When Should I Double Down?
In general, you should double down when you feel confident in your hand. If you are counting cards, your choice should be made on a case by case basis. If you use basic strategy, it is recommended to double down when receiving these hands:
- Hard 9, a score of 9, received from two cards, neither of which is an ace.
- Hard 10 or 11, scores of 10 or 11, received from two cards, neither of which is an ace.
- Soft 16 to 18, a hand containing an ace and a 5/6/7 (if the dealer’s first card is <6).
- In blackjack, doubling your bet after seeing your initial cards.