The next thing to remember about splitting pairs is that you never split 5’s or 10’s. Once again, the reasons should be rather obvious, you don’t want to split 10’s because 20 is a great hand and you don’t want to split 5’s because 10 is a great hand to draw to. Instead, you would want to double down on that 10, unless the dealer was showing a 10 or an ace as his upcard.
2’s, 3’s and 7’s should only be split when the dealer is showing a 2 through 7 as his upcard. Split 4’s only when the dealer has a 5 or 6 as his upcard (remember 5 and 6 are his weakest cards!), 6’s should be split whenever the dealer is showing a 2 through 6 and finally, you should always split 9’s unless the dealer is showing a 7, 10 or ace. The reason you don’t want to split 9’s against a 10 or an ace should be rather obvious, but the reason you don’t want to split them against a 7 is in case the dealer has a 10 as his hole card because in that ease your 18 would beat out his 17.
If the casino will not allow you to double down after splitting then you should make the following three changes: For 2’s and 3’s only split them against a 4,5,6 or 7; never split 4’s; and for a pair of 6’s only split them against a 3,4,5 or 6. Everything else should be played the same.
Now, let’s take a look at how to play soft hands and remember a soft hand is any hand that contains an ace that can be counted as 1 or 11. For a soft hand of 19 or more you should always stand.
For soft 18 against a 2,7 or 8 you should always stand. If the ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล dealer shows a 9, 10 or an ace you should always take a hit and for a soft 18 against a 3,4,5 or 6 you should double down, but if the casino won’t allow you to double then you should just stand.
For soft 17 you should always take a hit, but if the casino allows you to double down, then you should double against a dealer’s 3,4,5 or 6.
For soft 16 or a soft 15 you should always take a hit, but if the casino allows you to double down then you should double against a dealer’s 4,5 or 6.
For soft 14 you should always take a hit, but if the casino allows you to double down then you should double against a dealer’s 5 or 6.
Finally, for a soft 13 you should always take a hit, but if the casino allows you to double down then you should double against a dealer’s 5 or 6.
The last thing we need to cover is surrender which, as I said before, isn’t offered in many casinos but it is an option that does work in your favor and if available, you should play in a casino that offers it. The surrender rules are very simple to remember and only apply to hard totals of 15 or 16. If you have a hard 16 you should surrender it whenever the dealer has a 9, 10 or ace as his upcard and if you have a hard 15 you should surrender it whenever the dealer has a 10 as his upcard. That’s all there is to surrender.
Now that you know how to play the game and you have an understanding of the basic strategy let’s take a quick look at how the rules variations can affect the game of blackjack. As I said before, various computer studies have been made on blackjack and these studies have shown that each rule change can either hurt or help the player by a certain amount. For example, a single-deck game where you can double on any first 2 cards (but not after splitting pairs), the dealer stands on soft 17 and no surrender is allowed has no advantage for the casino when using the basic strategy. That’s right, in a game with those roles in effect the game is dead even and neither the casino nor the player has an edge!
Take a look at the following chart and you’ll see how some rules changes can hurt you or help you as a player. Minus signs in front mean that the casino gains the edge by that particular amount while plus signs mean that you gain the edge by that amount.
As you can see, it’s always to your advantage to play against as few decks as possible. The house edge goes up substantially as you go from 1 deck to 2, but the change is less dramatic when you go from 2 to 4, or from 4 to 6, and it’ s barely noticeable when you go from 6 to 8. You can also see that you would prefer not to play in a casino where the dealer hits a soft 17 because that gives the dealer a slight edge. You would also want to play in a casino where you’re allowed to double down on your soft hands or else you would be giving another added edge to the casino.