Blackjack Splitting Strategy

Date Published: March 4, 2013

One of the most commonly used strategies in the game of blackjack is splitting. This is also a strategy you will find to work at an online casino. The main idea behind splitting a blackjack hand is to have two hands you can play with instead of one. This will increase your odds of winning. Some people have different opinions on this strategy. It can be hard to determine when it is a good time to split the hand and when to leave it alone.

When you are dealt two of the same ranking cards, you will have the option to split your hand. When playing online, the casino will usually offer this as an option at the bottom of the screen. The option is only available when two of the same cards are dealt.

If you are playing a blackjack game where you can see both of the dealer’s cards, you have a slight advantage. In this case, if you have two tens, you should split the hand if the dealer has a weak hand. The weak hand will usually be a total of 5, 6 or 7. This allows you a much better chance of winning on both hands. It is important to pay attention to this strategy and use it wisely. It may take some time to learn when to split and when not to, but after time, you will know exactly what to do. Splitting tens is usually not recommended unless you know what the dealer has. If you do decide to split tens, you should be watching the game very closely, maybe even counting the cards so you know you have an advantage. Otherwise, do not split the hand. It is better to take the safe win than to lose two hands.

You should know that splitting is not free. It will require you to put up another bet for the additional hand that you are now playing. You will need to double your bet, so this is an important decision, especially if you are playing for a lot of money. As a general rule, most blackjack players will not split when they are dealt 10’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s. It is alright to split 3’s, 2’s, 7’s and 8’s. As mentioned, the best way to get an idea of this strategy is to play a few practice games for free. The more comfortable you get with the game, the better your winning chances will be when you play for money.

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