Split Or Not To Split Pairs.
when playing blackjack
you are dealt a pair – two cards of the same value
such as two eights, two kings etc – the rules of the
game allow you to “split” them and play them as two
separate hands. This is not mandatory – you have the
you do decide the slit them then you are effectively
doubling your bet though not necessarily doubling
your chances of beating the dealer and winning the
hand. Think about thikngs carefully before you decide
example if you have two tens or two picture cards
then you are holding a total of 20. The dealer has
to pull a 21 or a blackjack to beat you. You’re in
a strong position so may be best to stick on 20. If
you are dealt a pair of aces then you’d more than
likey decide to split them. Any ten or picture as
your next card on either ace and you’re odds on to
take the hand down as the dealer has to pull a blackjack.
lower the value of the pair you are dealt then in
general the less likely you should be towards splitting
them. Think about this – if you have two nines you
have eighteen. Not bad. If you split and are then
dealt say a ten then you’ve inproved one hand by one
though if on the other nine you are dealt say a six
you’re in no-mans land with that hand – 16. If the
dealer is showing a ten or picture card you may decide
the stick on 18 and take your chances as if the dealer
pulls a nine or twn he has you beat. Losing one hand
on 18 is better than splitting and losing twice.
however you have two nines and the dealer has a low
or mid-value card then you may be better off splitting
as if the dealer is showing a seven and draws another
mid-value card he’ll have to pull again and may well
you have lower value pairs I suggest you think about
the total of those cards before splitting. For example
a pair of fives means you have a totl of ten. Not
splitting and drawing a nine or card with a face value
of ten puts you on 20 – a strong position.
flip side being that of you did split those fives
and then get say an eight on one and a seven on the
other you are back in no mans land. A low total which
the dealer could easily beat pretty mch forcing you
to hit again – and if that his is a high valu card
you’ll bust and lose your money.
hope this short article has given you food for thought
when you are dealt a pair when playing blackjack online.
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