Splitting and Doubling down
The whole idea behind splitting and doubling down in blackjack is as simple as this: you should amass as much money as you can when the odds are in your favor. If they are not, you should try and get out as economically as you can. The trick lies in realizing when your odds are good and when they are not. Here are a few pointers that will help you become rich.
When to split?
If William Shakespeare was a Blackjack player, he would have probably said something like, “to split or not to split, that is the question”.
Splitting is one of the most important options of Blackjack where you get to win more amount in the game when the dealers deals you a pair of cards. For example: Let’s say you are betting twenty bucks and the dealer deals you a pair of eights. Now you have a chance to split those two eights and bet on them separately thereby making two hands out of one. Though, you have to put up another twenty for betting on the other eight. If the dealer deals you another eight, then guess what, you get to split it again.
Let us try and understand the logic behind splitting the cards. If you have two eights, your sum is sixteen and it will most probably break if you decide to hit it again. Alternatively, if you split the cards, you get to make two good hands out of one bad hand. Although we have to remember that your winning still depends on what cards the dealer has got. Splitting your cards in such a case will improve your odds at winning nonetheless.
There are a few things that we must memorize with regards to splitting.
- Always split Aces and Eights. One crucial point you have to take care of is that you get only one more card dealt on an ace and no more.
- Never split tens. Seeing you already have a twenty, you wouldn’t want to risk ending up with two bad hands. Also never split fours or fives.
- If the dealer turns over a four, five or six, you should not mind splitting twos, threes, sixes, sevens and nines.
Doubling down is an option in blackjack that allows the players to double their bet by a 100 percent. They can do this by committing to stand after receiving exactly one more card.
When do you double down?
The ideal time to double down is when you have a total of 11. This is because, as we have stated earlier, the most probable card you can get when a card is dealt is a ten. Doubling down at 11 therefore improves your chances of winning more money.
How about doubling down at 9 or10? It is a good idea to bet on 10 when the top card of the dealer is not an ace or ten. One can also double down at 9 if the dealer is showing one of the bad cards i.e., 4, 5 or 6.
It is also a good idea to double down with an ace + any card between two and seven, if the dealer’s top card is a 4, 5 or 6.