You know going back fifteen or so years ago,
the very first time I ever played blackjack
in a casino, I actually had a woman near me
very upset to the point that she left the
table. Now why was that? Well, if you look
at the table in front of me, it’s because
I did this right here. I got a pair of tens
and I pushed out another bet and said split.
And I actually won my hand. But she was so
upset that she was playing with someone unpredictable.
I had never heard of basic strategy, and I
didn’t know that, I didn’t think about statistics.
I was very young. Just old enough to play
in a casino. And the thing is, if I’m splitting
these two cards, I’m worsening my odds on
winning either hand in comparison to my odds
on winning this hand, because what do two
tens equal? They equal twenty. So don’t split
them. Just stand. And also, what does this
equal? What’s five plus five equal? Equals
ten. So you know what you do with five and
five? You don’t split it. You double down
because it equals ten and you’ll be better
off to win the hand and get a nice win.