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Doubling Down

Hence the decision is clear; by doubling down we make twice as much money as by conducting an undoubled draw.
The situation is not quite so obvious when contemplating a double of (8,2) v 7. Conditions 1 and 3 above still hold, but if i receive a 2,3,4,5, or 6 in our draw we would like to draw another card, which is not permitted if we have selected the double down option. Therefore, we must compare the amount we lose by forfeiting the right to draw another card with the amount gained by doubling our bet on the one card draw. it turns out we give up about 6% by not drawing a card to our subsequently developed stiff hands, but the advantage on our extra, doubled, dollar is 21%. Since our decision to double raises expectation it becomes part of the basic strategy.

The Baldwin group pointed out in their original paper that most existing recommendations at the time hardly suggested doubling at all. Probably the major psychological reason for such a conservative attitude is the sense of loss of control of the hand, since another card cannot be requested. Doubling on small soft totals, like (A,2), heightens this feeling, because one could often make a second draw to the hand with no risk of busting whatsoever. But enduring this sense of helplessness, like taking a whiff of ether before necessary surgery, is sometimes the preferable choice.

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Ace-to-five Lowball Draw
Ace-to-five lowball is a variant of five-card draw. The game is often called either ace to-five or, simply lowball. Lowball is always played with the joker, which is wild. It becomes the lowest card that is not in your hand.
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