Double Attack - Basics and Rules

An interesting variant of Blackjack is Double Attack. It's very much alike to Spanish 21, but we'll deal with that a bit later. In fact it is a mix of standard blackjack rules and Spanish 21 rules, because procedures both kinds of game processing. It is awfully popular in Atlantic City casinos, where it can be found almost everywhere. But in fact in all online casinos where it is present lots of people prefer this card game to any other.


Most players like Double Attack because of additional bets, which make this kind really profitable and hot-tempered. The additional bet based on dealer's busting makes also big interest for professional players, because it considerably enlarges their chance of earning money. It's natural that a lot of strategies are used here, because the game itself is rather old. Let's see the peculiarities that make it profitable and is it really true.


A Spanish deck of cards is used in Double Attack - this means that here there will be no tens. All other cards are present and are of the same value as in basic blackjack.

  • 6-8 decks from Spanish shoe are used
  • Dealer always wins a tie.

"Double Attack" name is used because player is permitted to making a certain additional bet supposing that the dealer busts with exactly 3 cards. This bet is made after the playersees dealer's up card. The payouts are also special and based on the third dealer's card.

  • Dealer has to stand on soft 17s.
  • Dealer always peeks for blackjack.
  • Doubling after split allowed. Doubling and surrender are allowed at any time.
  • Aces are forbidden to re-split, and other pairs may be re-split in 3 or 4 hands.
  • Aces when split receive only 1 card each
  • The first card which is dealt is dealer's up card. After dealing it the player has an option of "Double attack" - raising his bet by up to 100 percent. In case of a later split he must stick to his Double Attack bet. In case of surrender half of the original bet and Double Attack bet is returned.


  • A blackjack is paid even money and not 3 to 2 like in common rules.

Also special payouts in case of dealer's busting are available:

  • If busted with face card - 3 to 1.
  • If busted with 9 - 6 to 1.
  • If busted with 8 - 8 to 1.
  • If busted with 7 - 10 to 1.
  • If busted with 6 - 15 to 1.
  • If busted with three 8 of one color - 50 to 1.
  • If busted with three 8 of one suit - 200 to1.
  • Insurance pays 1 to 5.


Those are the main moments that should be taken into consideration. If you would like to get acquainted with the strategy of card counting, which is widely used by blackjack players all over the world, you can find it in the corresponding section of our site.

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