Welcome to the Droid Slot’s beginner’s guide
to Blackjack. This week, we’re looking at
When a player has 2 cards of the same value,
they can split. The player will then effectively
play 2 hands, able to hit, stand and double
down as normal. When you split you double
your bet. Unlike doubling down, you have 2
hands to play with, so if you lose with one
hand, you only lose half your total bet and
not the whole bet.
As normal, you must pay attention to how much
is in your pot, to give you the freedom to
split when needed, as there are many hands
where splitting is a necessity.
The best strategy is to follow a set routine
of when to split.
As the golden rule 8s and aces should always
be split. Always! A hand of double 8 leaves
you with 16, which gives you a 60% chance
of busting if you hit and a large chance of
the dealer beating you if you stand.
Since aces together equal 12, it makes sense
to separate them so they can each flourish
into potential 11s if the right cards are
Pairs of 4s, 5s and 10s should never be split.
A 4 is a very weak hand by itself. Two 4s
isn’t a great hand, but splitting them into
two even weaker hands makes little sense.
In the case of 5s, they are effectively already
a 10, which is a good starting hand. Don’t
dilute them. With a pair of 10s you’re already
close to 21 anyway, so splitting makes no
Splitting other values depends on what the
dealer has. It’s simply a case of working
out what the dealer is most likely to draw,
but the general rule is most other card pairings
can be split as long as the dealer has a low
up face card.
Please check out our other videos from our
Blackjack beginner’s guide and more.