By John Grochowski

Knowing when to double down is a key part of any blackjack player’s game. Permitting doubles is one way the house reduces the edge it gets from players having to risk busting first.

Most players who put a little time into learning basic blackjack strategy pick up on when to double hard hands fairly quickly.

Soft hands, where Aces can be counted as 1 or 11, are another matter. Many good players are just a little fuzzy on when to double and when to settle for the basic hit/stand decision.

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