At long last, we are now at the end of my series on blackjack togel hongkong basic strategy for splitting pairs. I hope you’re as excited to reach the finale as I. In this series, we have dealt with some pairs that you should always split, some that you only split if the dealer is showing certain cards, and a pair that you never split. Today we are discussing a pair of tens, which is another pair that you should never split.
First of all, when I say a pair of tens, I’m referring to any card with a value of 10, which can be a 10, Jack, Queen or King. If you have a pair of any of those cards, you should never split the pair, no matter what the dealer shows. Instead, you should stand on this hand.
Why should you never split a pair of tens? Well, first of all, do the math. 10 + 10 = 20. If you have a pair of tens, you have a hard 20. The only thing that can beat a 20 is a hand of 21, so your chances of winning with that hand are very good. If you split that pair then you are both reducing your chance of winning and doubling your bet, which is not wise strategy.
Some people think that splitting tens is a good idea because it gives you a chance of getting two hands of 20, and after all, two are better than one, right? This is a flawed philosophy, though. Yes, it’s true that since there are more 10-value cards in the deck than any other value, you have a better chance of drawing a ten than anything else. Basic strategy takes into account the probability of drawing a ten. However, splitting a pair of tens is not playing the odds and here is why.
If you split the pair and start out each hand with a ten, there are four cards (10, J, Q, K) that can bring you back to a total of 20 (where you started) and only one card (ace) that will improve your hand. Therefore, 5/13 cards will help you when you split a pair of tens and 8/13 cards will hurt you. Any decision that results in a 62% chance that your hand will get worse is not a good decision. For that reason, the odds say to stand when you have a pair of tens and hope the dealer doesn’t have a 21.
Blackjack Strategy: Splitting Nines
Knowing whether or not to split a pair is an essential part of blackjack basic strategy. Sometimes the decision is simple, such as that you always split aces and never split fives. Other times, however, the strategy is more complex and depends on what cards the dealer shows. The most complex of all the pair splitting strategies is for a pair of nines.
If you have a pair of nines, what you do depends on the dealer’s up card. If the dealer is showing a two through a six, you should split your pair. If the dealer shows an eight or nine, you should also split your pair. If the dealer shows an ace, seven or 10, however, you should stand. This is the first pair where standing is an option in basic strategy. If you have a pair of nines, you should never hit. Now let’s look at this step by step.
Blackjack basic strategy takes into account that there are more cards with a value of 10 than any other value (4/13). For that reason, when taking a hit you are more likely to draw a 10 than anything else and the dealer is more likely to have a 10 in the hole than anything else.
For that reason, if the dealer shows a two through a six, he has a good chance of having a stiff hand (12-16). The dealer cannot stand on a stiff hand and since he has to hit, has a high likelihood of busting. If the dealer busts, you win no matter what cards you have, as long as you don’t bust as well. Therefore, by splitting the pair you are doubling your bet and stand to make twice as much money if the dealer busts, as the odds say is likely.
If the dealer shows an eight or nine, the odds say he is likely to have an 18 or 19. If he does and you stand on your 18, then you would either push or lose, respectively. Normally when you think the dealer has your cards beat you would take a hit, but doing so here is risky because you have an 18. With a hand that high, only 3 cards (ace, 2, 3) will help you and 10 cards (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K) will cause you to bust. Taking 3/13 odds is not a good idea. However, since your 18 is made of a pair of nines, you have the chance to improve your hand by splitting the pair. Once you split, you are starting each hand with a nine. Since you are more likely to receive a 10 card when taking a hit, you have a 4/13 chance of drawing a 19 and zero chance of busting (at least on the first hit).
If the dealer shows an ace or a 10, you are going to lose more often than not. An ace can stand for 11 or one point at the dealer’s discretion and can be used to make a togel hongkong . A 10 has a good chance of giving the dealer a 20, which can only be beaten by you drawing a 21. Therefore, since you are likely to lose if the dealer has either of those cards, you don’t want to put more money on the hand by splitting. You don’t want to hit to improve your hand because, as mentioned earlier, when hitting an 18 you have 10/13 odds of busting.
If the dealer shows a seven, he has a high probability of having a hand of 17. Since you already have 18, you have that hand beaten. For that reason, standing is the wise strategy. Next we will complete the pair-splitting guide by covering a pair of tens.