To Split Or Not To Split?

Splitting pairs in blackjack is something people do with very little thought. Because the option is available to them, participants sometimes feel obliged to take up the offer without actually considering what they had in the first place and what potential prospects their new hands will have.

If you’ve never played blackjack before, take a look at the tips and advice available on The first thing to bear in mind is that if you do split a pair, it will cost you. You need to place an additional bet, which has to match your initial stake so you are effectively playing two different hands against the dealer. If you lose with both, it will be twice as expensive as when the game started.

There are certain pairs which you should not entertain the idea of splitting. The most obvious are 10s and picture cards. Together they give you 20 anyway, which would win most hands. If you try to get greedy and chase 21, it could end up going horribly wrong.

It is also best advised not to split fours and fives. If you do and hit a ten with either hand, you are left in a difficult position.

The best pairs of them all to split are Aces. Together they are actually less valuable than apart. You only need a ten with either of them to hit 21 once they are separated. With the ace carrying a dual value, it also gives you lots of different options when it comes to building a total.

There is nothing wrong either with splitting eights. A pair of eights equates to 16 which leaves you with a tough decision to make about your next move. You can either stand in the knowledge that it is a mediocre total or risk taking another card where the chances are you are going to bust. By splitting the eights, this dilemma is taken away from you.