On Dec 16, 8:16 pm, 'SteveT' <[email protected]> wrote:[email protected]> wrote in message
> At the Palms once I saw a guy slide chips next to his original bet while
> showing a pair of fives. The dealer was showing a 7. The dealer asked are
> doubling on the10? The guy said no he wanted to split his fives. The dealer
> and everyone at the table tried to talk him out of it, but he insisted he
> wanted to split the fives. He lost both hands.
Similarly, you should “always” split Aces, because together they are only 2 or 12, and headed for 22, but separately, they are potential 21s. Much of blackjack strategy is premised upon the fact that 4/13ths of the deck is made up of cards that count for 10.
You shouldn't always split them, if surrender is available, take it against a 10 value or an ace. The reason you split them is that 2 hands that start with 8. Are better then one hand that starts with 16. In some cases it's not that you will win by splitting them, but that in the long run you will lose less. Basic blackjack strategy says 8s are a safe and wise split. It’s hard to go wrong with splitting 8s. The math says this works out well in the long run. So, there you are with a pair of 8s and you split, and the dealer hits you with a 5. A pair of aces should always be split because the total of these two cards is 12, a very bad total for the blackjack player. The more important reason, however, is that when you split aces there is a better than average chance that you will receive a ten-valued card on one or both of them. The Pairs You Should Always Split. Basic strategy dictates one should always split pairs of Aces and 8s but many novices choose not to listen. Paired 8s make for the worst possible total in the game and even more so if the dealer exposes a strong ten-value card.
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> > Yes, I know I know..'serious' blackjack players always split 8s,
> > including against a dealer 10.
> > At first blush the Wizard of Odds seems to agree, since the projected
> > loss on a $100 bet by standing is $53.69, and the projected loss by
> > splitting is $47.55. No brainer, right?
> > But..since you're splitting, aren't you creating TWO $100 bets. So
> > wouldn't the projected loss be greater?
> > Or does the $47.55 projected loss covers the wager in its entirety,
> > including redoubles, splits, et al? In other words, if I were to split
> > 8s, resplit, and double, would the projected loss be the net of all of
> > those decisions?
> > Perhaps it's just too early in the morning and my brain is too
> > fuzzy. :)
Why Should You Always Split 8's In Blackjackin Blackjack
My favorite player was the guy betting several grand a hand and
DOUBLING on 12 against dealer's bust cards. His rationale was that he
stood only a 1/3 chance of busting himself. He actually made about
$50k in 20 minutes, then lost twice then in the next 30. Talking about
your high variance plays..