Microgaming Double Exposure Blackjack
Microgaming Double Exposure Blackjack is part of the renowned Gold Series of blackjack game variations. As such it features state of the art graphics, ambient and game sounds and a variety of player options that enable you to adjust the game speed to your liking. There are also other convenient features like the "Auto Play" function which will play the game on your behalf according to basic blackjack strategy should you choose to select this option.
Double Exposure Blackjack Gold is played with eight decks of 52 playing cards each and after every round the cards are shuffled. The object of the game is the same as every other blackjack game – beat the dealer by getting blackjack or the closest total to 21 that is higher than the dealer's card value.
So what makes Double Exposure Blackjack different? The fact that both of the dealer's cards are dealt facing upwards, so you know the hand that you need to beat from the outset of your game. Given this advantage, there are concessions that you will have to make to the house, for example blackjack achieved from two cards or "naturals" pays even money in this game instead of the usual 3:2 enjoyed with other games. In addition, the dealer must hit on soft 17 which are will not find in most other blackjack variants.
Due to the fact that this game does not require the checking of hole cards, no insurance is available because players know immediately whether or not the dealer has blackjack. This is in actual fact advantageous for the player because, as we've mentioned in previous articles on the subject, insurance is a bad percentage play and one that should be avoided at all costs.
Another advantage that Double Exposure Blackjack offers to the players is that should the player and dealer have blackjack simultaneously, the win is awarded to the player. A disadvantage is that in return for that, the dealer wins all ties.
Splitting is allowed in this variation and even extends to splitting ten value cards of different ranks eg. A Jack and a King. You are allowed to split up to three times into a total of four hands which can then be played. There is only one exception – when splitting Aces only one card can be drawn and split aces that are hit with a ten are not counted as "Blackjack" but rather as "21".
All in all Microgaming's Double Exposure Blackjack Gold is definitely a game worth checking out.