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Is It Okay to Split Pairs in Blackjack?

  • Published Date May 7, 2018
  • By Gamentio Admin

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging card game to play, either online or in person, you may wanna go for Blackjack. Blackjack is an extremely popular card game that is enjoyed in casinos all over the globe. If you are fairly new to the world of Blackjack however, you may wanna consider working on your Blackjack strategy. Generally with Blackjack, when you’re dealt a pair, which is of course, two similar cards. The overall bet of your hand doubles, meaning that you have two opportunities to beat the dealer. A common mistake that people make however, is thinking that they should split each pair they receive. This isn’t always the case. If you’re looking to play Blackjack, here’s a look at the unspoken rules for splitting pairs.


Always split aces – If you’re dealt two aces in Blackjack, it is recommended that you always split them. You see, it doesn’t matter which card the dealer happens to be showing, if you receive a pair of aces, you should ALWAYS split them. The reason for this is, that by doing so gives you a stronger chance of building yourself a stronger hand. You see, if both aces were played as a hand, you would have a value of 12. This is because one ace is 11, and the other would be 1. By splitting, this Blackjack strategy gives you 4 ways of potentially getting to 21, as opposed to just the one chance if you stuck with them.

 

Never split tens – There are of course some situations where you should never split pairs, and this is especially true when it comes to tens. You see, playing both tens gives you a value of 20, by splitting, the only chance of getting to 21 would be if you landed an ace. Everything else will provide lesser, or equal value hands. Some seasoned experts will argue that there are instances where tens should be split, but that’s very technical and we simply don’t have the time to cover that today.


Always split eights – If you’re dealt two eights, virtually all experts will tell you to split them. The reason for this is that playing both eights would make it very tough to play a good hand as you would be at 16. This is a little too far away from 21 for most people’s liking, as mathematically speaking, by splitting, the odds of you landing a stronger hand taking you closer to 21 are improved significantly.


Never split fives – If you’re dealt two fives, you should forget the fact that you have two fives and instead simply treat them as one ten. If you were to split it would provide you with a weaker hand and would be liking splitting on a strong starting hand to begin with. You should double down on anything other than a dealer’s nine, ace, or a ten. In simple terms, there is pretty much no chance of you coming out ahead if you were to split on fives, so don’t do it.  
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