This article discusses features specific to DoubleDown Casino on Facebook and DoubleDownCasino.com. For mobile versions, please review How to play Blackjack in the DoubleDown Casino mobile app.
DoubleDown Casino features Player's Suite® Blackjack. To view the rules at any time while playing, mouse over the word Rules.
Blackjack is a classic card game in which you play against the dealer to see whose hand can get closest to 21 without going over. The game uses standard playing cards and assigns them numerical values:
- Face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) are worth 10.
- Aces can be worth 1 or 11. The game will automatically choose the value for Aces to give you the best hand.
- Numbered cards (2 through 10) are worth their face value.
The suits of the cards do not affect the hand in Blackjack.
Player's Suite® Blackjack uses six decks of cards to build its play deck. The play deck is shuffled in full after each hand.
To begin playing, place a bet. Select an amount by clicking one of the chip icons on the lower left. Your starting bet can be as low as 1,000 chips (1K) or as high as 1,000,000 chips (1M). Once you have selected your starting bet, click the glowing circle at the center of the table to place your chips down. You can tap a different chip icon and tap the circle again to add both chips to your current bet. Click the circle multiple times to add the currently selected chip size to your bet with each click, or click the 2x Double Bet button to double the current amount. Click Clear All to start over, and Deal when you are ready to start the hand.
At the beginning of a Blackjack hand, the dealer gives you two cards, face up. The dealer takes two cards as well, one up and one down. You can choose to Hit, Stand, or Double Down. If the first two cards you receive are of equal value (a 10 and a face card, for example), you will have another option: Split.
Take another card from the dealer. This action may be repeated until you choose to Stand or until your card total exceeds 21 and you go bust.
Accept your current hand as final. No more cards will be dealt to you, and it is now the dealer's turn.
- Double Down
Take exactly one card from the dealer and double your bet for this hand. You cannot choose to Hit after you have Doubled Down.
If the first two cards you receive are of equal value (a 10 and a face card, for example), you can Split the hand. The cards will be separated into two hands that you can play individually. This automatically adds chips to double the original bet, so that each of the split hands has the same wager. Splitting is covered in greater detail in the advanced Blackjack rules.
Winning in Blackjack
The word Blackjack refers to a winning combination where exactly two cards add up to 21. This combination is made up of one face card or 10 and one Ace. A winning Blackjack pays out at 3 to 2. This means that a 1,000 chip bet pays out 2,500 for a Blackjack.
It is possible to achieve a hand that equals 21 without having a Blackjack. If your hand includes more than two cards, it may still be a winning hand, but it cannot be a Blackjack. A standard winning hand pays out at 1:1. This means that a 1,000 chip bet pays out 2,000 chips.
It is also possible to have a winning hand that does not add all the way to 21. At the end of a hand where neither you nor the dealer hits 21, you win if:
- Your cards have a higher total value than the dealer's.
- Your cards stayed under 21 while the dealer's cards went over.
If you and the dealer have equal hands at the end of play, it is considered a tie, also known as a push. In the event of a tie, there is no winner or loser. The chips you bet are simply returned to you.
At the end of the hand, click Rebet to place the same starting wager as you had on the previous hand, Rebet & Deal to place that wager and start the next hand, or Clear All to change your wager.
Rules the dealer must follow
The dealer must draw on 16. This means that if the dealer's hand equals 16, the dealer must take another card.
The dealer must stand on 17. This means that if the dealer's hand equals 17, they cannot take another card from the deck.
Options: Turbo, Insurance, & Safety Net
Click the wrench icon at the lower left to open the Options menu.
To play more hands in a shorter time frame, change the speed to Turbo. This will eliminate the animations for dealing.
You can turn Turbo on or off at any time during the game by clicking the lightning bolt icon at the lower right.
- Graphics Quality
If your game is running slowly, you might try a lower graphics quality setting.
- Offer Insurance
As a default, the game offers you insurance based on the dealer's face-up card. You can set it to do so Only on Player Blackjack, so that the insurance offer is based on your hand rather than the dealer's. You can also set it to stop offering insurance for any reason.
- Safety Net
This is a feature of Player's Suite® Blackjack that offers guidance as you play. If you are about to make a play that is considered a risky move, the Safety Net pops up to ask if you are sure. This feature can be disabled.
You can turn the dealer's voice on or off without having to turn off the other sounds in the casino. If you have disabled all sounds in the casino already, this option will be grayed out.