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Hey all you BlackJack Pros, I have a couple of questions for you. I know I can find this information online, but I am lazy, lol. I am learning more about BlackJack, but I have two easy questions for you.
Which pairs do you split and NOT split? (I know the obvious, like Aces, but what else?)
What are a dealer's "bust cards?" (I am thinking 2 through 6 maybe?)
That is all I need to know to be a pro like you, lol! 😉
Always split 8s. The thinking behind it is that you are better off trying to get two 18s versus hitting a 16.
You don't want to split 10s EVER.
And a you are correct, a dealer's bust cards are 2s through 6s.
Consult the blackjack strategy guide here to see what you should do. You can also go to the Wizard of Odds to get the charts for each variation you are playing. (It varies on the game's rules and decks in the shoe)
You can play with these guides online with a printout or a side window, and it really comes in handy. Most land casinos that I have been to allow you to have a basic strategy card at the table as well, as they still have a small edge when a player plays with basic strategy.
Hope that helps! 🙂
That helps a lot, and thanks 'Slim. I am learning little by little. I never used to like BlackJack, because no matter how I played by the rules, it seems I never did well. Playing at the land casino (and a bit online) peaked my interest again. I may play more often when I am at the land casinos now instead of just slots. (I have also played Hold'em at the land casinos when I stay two nights).
One question I now have is I though Black Jack and video poker were the ONLY two games in the casino where the player has the slight edge (with a bankroll and over time, of course). Is that not true? I have heard that for years, but maybe I was misinformed?
When I was a newbie I played with one of those cards. I find the other players and the dealers, even, are often helpful, which is nice.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. 🙂
Oh, and are eights the only cards to split? Should you split Aces and are there others or only eights?
And are 10s the only cards you do NOT want to split ever? I am sure you don't want to split the little cards, either, right?
I guess I am full of questions. I will read the link above and do a little more online research, too.
I could also ask my brother, as Black Jack is his game.
Yes, split Aces if you can. Don't split 6s, or 5s (double down on these).
A lot of the splits are decisions based on what the dealer is showing as the up card. That is where the beauty of the strategy chart comes into play.
Sometimes it is worth it to split the little cards, but it all depends on what the dealer shows.
But yes, feel free to ask. I know a bit, and I am sure Ed knows a lot more than I do.
Always use the strategy card until you have memorised it. It tells you the single best move to make in every possible situation.
A few easy to remember rules as far as splitting goes:
- Always split Aces and 8s.
- Never split 5s or 10s.
- Every other split decision is dependant on what the dealer has.
- Always double with a total of 10 or 11 if the dealer is showing less than what you have (ie 9 vs 10 or 10 vs 11).
Under regular rules, the player does not have an edge in either blackjack or video poker. However a special payout rule, or overly generous comps, or generous paytable in video poker could put the odds in your favour as the house edge can be really low (around 0.4% under Vegas blackjack rules vs something like 5% on slot machines).
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These are very useful advices 🙂 Until now I played BJ a few times, but somehow wasn't convinced to it. Maybe now I will win more, thank you guys 🙂
That is why I like Blackjack so much Ed. Your odds are better than a lot of the other games out there. I've done quite well with it, and hope that Hope has some success!
Thank you for all the details. I feel I learned more playing the other day than I knew before, but I knew I STILL had some things to learn. I will try the strategy card until I start to memorize what I need to do vs. dealer card.
I really did have a lot of fun at that $3.00 table, lol, and I know I will practice online, then go again when I am at the land casino again someday.
Thank you, everyone! 🙂
Oh, and this woman had a $50.00 bet up, and she got a card where you would normally double down. She looked hesitant, and the dealer told her, "You are supposed to play the cards not the bet." (Wish I could remember what she had, but I can't right now). That is easier said than done with a $50.00 bet on a $3.00 table! She did add some chips, but she did not do a "total" double down, but she DID win! I think she may have added 25 or 30 and I bet she wished she had done the entire 50, but she was happy enough with her win, lol.
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