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Blackjack tips can help you win a little more often which in turn makes you enjoy playing the game a little bit more.
Don’t Split Two 10s
Given the situation, such a hand totals a value of 20 and is an excellent hand. Your goal is to achieve 21, but if you’ve got 20 on the first two cards dealt to you, then there is only one situation where the dealer can beat you with and that is with a 21. And it will be hard for the dealer to beat with you with this situation.
Always Split Two 8s
Whatever card value the dealer has in hand, even showing with an ace, always split the two 8s. Two 8s make a 16, and that is the worst hand in blackjack. Splitting the two 8s gives you a better chance of getting one winning hand, and of course saving your money. With one hand winning and the other losing, one will pay the other and you end up losing nothing (assuming that you followed a standard rule requirement and placed the same amount as bet for both hands). And if you draw a 10 to both hands, you’ve made two 18s instead of the single 16, which has much better probabilities.
Never Split Two 5s
When you get two 5s, you have a value of 10, so a wise decision is to double down and ask for one card only. If you split the two 5s and get two 10’s, you just made two bad hands out of a good hand and would have had 20 if you doubled down.
Tips on When You Should Double Down
- If you get a count of 11, do not hesitate if the dealer shows a 10 or an ace.
- If you get a count of 10 and the dealer’s card has a 9 or less.
- If you get a count of 9 and the dealer’s card is between 2 to 8.
- Double down when your cards total 9 and the dealer has a 4, 5, or 6.
- If you get a soft 13 and soft 14 when the dealer has a 5 or 6.
- If you get a soft 15 and soft 16 when the dealer has a 4, 5, or 6.
- If you get a soft 17 and soft 18 when the dealer has 3 through 6.
Hard Hands: If You Get Cards That Amount to 12 or Higher
- Stand on any hand totaling 17 or higher.
- Stand if your cards total 12 through 16 and the dealer has 2 through 6.
- Hit if your hand totals 12 through 16 and the dealer has a 7 or higher.
- Only draw on soft 18 if the dealer has an 8, 9, or 10. Doubling down is the main method by which you can eliminate the house edge so it is very important to remember when to use this decision.
- Always draw to soft 17 or less.
More Tips on Splitting Pairs
- Always split a pair of 8s or aces. Splitting 8s will break up 16, which is said to be the worst hand to have. Two aces give you either 2 or 12, but when you split them, each card is worth 11.
- Do not split your 4s, 5s, and 10s.
- You split your 2s and 3s when the dealer is holding any card value from 4 through 7.
- When the dealer is holding a card value from 3 through 6, you need to split your 6s.
- With the dealer is holding 3 through 7, you need to split your 7s.
- When the dealer has 2 through 6, 8, or 9, you split your 9s.