Blackjack Splitting

Somewhere along your near-perfect blackjack play session, you’ll be hit (no pun intended) with an option to split. Wait, you mean split the bill? No, silly. When you have the option to split, it means you can split your hand into two hands. This option comes up when two of your cards are a pair. You can always refuse but why pass out on this chance? You’ll have a higher chance to make some good wins.

As you can expect, strategy changes here. When you split, you have two hands. From here, you can play your two hands separately. It means that even if you lose one hand, the other may still win and if your cards are good, both of your hands can win, thus doubling your money. So it’s definitely good to split when the chance comes.

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But should there be a strategy for splitting? Of course. You can’t just split and split every time. You need to have a strategy every time a splitting option comes up. You need to know when to refuse and when to accept. By doing so, you won’t have any regrets when you make the decision. So without further ado, here’s a guide to the art of splitting:

1. Look at the pairs you end up with

When you have a pair, look carefully at the pairs you end up with. Sometimes, the pairs you get won’t be good for splitting. Why? Because the principles of hit and stand will still apply to both hands. Even when you need to double down, you still need to look carefully at your cards.

2. Never split 10s and Always Split Aces

This should always be known and remembered by every blackjack player. Don’t split 10s and always split aces. Why? While two 10’s looks like an enticing way to get two aces, the likelihood of doing so is not as strong as your 20.  If you do want to have some fun though and don’t mind risking your wagers against a more chancy bet, then split the 10’s and hope for the best.  It’s hard to catch up to you unless the dealer gets a blackjack or a push.

Aces, well this pair should always be split because the value of 2 and 12 simply won’t cut it against a dealer 17.  Your chances of hitting a face-card or ten are fairly high and even if you just hit a 6, on each, you will still have a fair shot against the dealer busting.  When splitting aces, you won’t get to ask for another card on either of the hands, so that the house has a fair advantage against the odds of you winning.

3. Split the 8s

All right, so the value here is 16. Should you? You should split. If you hit with this pair, you’ll have a good chance of busting up. So split them up while you can.

4. Split the 7s, 6s and 9s

These cards do have a high value in hand but it’s still advisable to split them. One hit and you’re busted for life. You’ll still have a good chance to raise the value of your hands.

5. Remember to look at your dealer’s card and decide on whether to split 2s, 3s 4s and 5s

Before you go splitting to oblivion, check your dealer’s cards. If the value of the dealer’s cards are somewhere between 2 – 6, it’s a good chance to split if you end with cards like 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s, the dealer’s card will signal you whether it’s good to split.

6. Take caution if the dealer has an Ace or 10

When the dealer has a good hand, you’re going to have retract with your split. You’ll just lose all that good bet of yours if he manages to turn the tables and make the win. So take caution with your splitting streak when this happens.

7. Adhere to the rules of splitting that casinos put up

Before you go split your streak like a king, make sure you know if the casinos you’re in let you split. In some cases, splitting is restricted to keep the casino’s advantages high for themselves. Sometimes, some pairs are not allowed to be split like Aces or 10s. So know which can be split and which cannot be split.

8. When in doubt, hit it or stand on it

This is supposed to be a strategy for splitting so why say hit it or stand it? Because sometimes, the best strategy to win is to take other options. Splitting may look attractive but sometimes, hitting or standing will suffice. The dealer’s hand will decide on this so take the best option to keep your loss to a minimum. But always pay attention to what pairs you have.

9. Don’t rely on guessing whether the split is good or not

Remember to keep these steps in mind. Relying heavily on guessing whether a split is good or not will yield negative results. You need to have a firm grasp on what each pair you split or won’t split will give you and how a dealer’s hand will determine that. By knowing a good strategy on splitting, you’ll get better with splitting when the time comes.

Just like hitting, standing and doubling down, splitting has a strategy to itself. You can’t keep guessing on whether it should be good or not; you need to know what pairs you have, what the dealer has and formulate your decision based on these factors. Follow these steps by heart and in no time, splitting will come quite in handy for you.