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Splitting Pairs in Blackjack

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The deal is of no special value, and anybody may begin.
Robert Schenck, First to introduce poker to England (1872)

One of the most interesting options in blackjack is splitting pairs. If the dealer dealt to you a pair of the same cards you can split pairs in two hands and play them one by one. To split them you need to place a bet, the same as for the first hand. But, after splitting pairs your chances for winning are doubled, and if you win with both hands you will get a sum four times bigger from you original bet. If you lose with one of two hands you will lose a bet on only one hand. But, of course, if you lose on both hands, you will lose both of your bets, so splitting pairs is tricky, and even dangerous, so you must be careful with it. Here are some blackjack tips on splitting pairs that may be of use for you as well as betting bonuses, for example.

Tips for Splitting Pairs

First golden rule of splitting pairs – always split aces and eights! It is an ultimate soft hand, and after splitting you will get two soft hands, with which it is much easier to play! You may ask why it is so. Because with an ace in each hand whatever the next card you will receive from the dealer you will never bust! And again, it is as important to know for blackjack fans, as betting guide for those who are fond of betting.

Second golden rule of splitting pairs – never split 5’s and 10’s! These are both great hands, so it is a mistake to split them.

It was an easy stuff; now let’s talk about something harder:

You have a pair of 9’s and the dealer has something from 2 to 6 and 8 or 9? Split the pair! The dealer has a great chance to bust here, and you will win the big prize! Don’t hit – it is very likely for you to go bust with 18. But if the dealer has 7, 10 or ace stand.

The dealer shows you from 2 to 6 and you have a pair of 6’s – split them up! Dealer’s cards will probably bust, and your will not.

Never split a pair of 4’s, except against dealers 5 or 6. Only with 5 or 6 on dealer’s hands the dealer has a great chance to go bust, so it is a good chance for you to earn more.

Always split 2’,3’ and 7’s against dealer’s cards from 2 to 7. In any other case just hit those.

Remember – splitting pairs is good when you are more or less sure that you will win or the dealer bust. Otherwise there is completely no point in it!