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Ask Frank: Why Not Double an Eleven against a Dealer's Ace?

21 April 2005

I have a question about basic blackjack strategy that has I have been unable to answer on my own.

The question is: If I have 11 showing, and the dealer has an Ace showing, why would I not double down? When an Ace is showing, the first thing the dealer does is ask about insurance and then check for a blackjack. If the dealer has no blackjack, the game continues. At this point we have established that the dealer is playing with a card of 9 or less.

Our 11 gives us a good shot at 21, which is why we double down on all other dealer hands. Since we know that the dealer has 20 or less, I would think that it would be a good time to double down.

Please shoot some holes in this theory so that I may better understand blackjack.

Norman

Dear Norman,

To double or just hit against an Ace in a multiple-deck game is a close call. However, trillions of computer simulations shows us that by just hitting and not doubling, you will make more money on the hand. In single-deck games with average rules, the best move is to double. I can't argue with a computer. Rememebr what HAL did in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

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