Blackjack, like any other game, has its own rules, it has its own frequently made mistakes, it also has its own game strategy (including the Basic Blackjack Strategy ), as well as some patterns that are derived from purely logical considerations and mathematical calculations … Many people make mistakes very often from ignorance of the rules, or simply from the fact that they do not know how to calculate their chances.
It is these mistakes that are typical when a player in Blackjack decides on a Split or Double of a pair of fives or a pair of fours .
Split when playing blackjack
Split is a situation when a player has two cards of the same rank in his hand, or two pictures, for example, a queen and a king. In this case, the dealer offers the player to split these cards – to make a Split. In this case, the player must place another bet on the table, the size of which is the same as the initial one. In this case, the dealer distributes the player to two hands, that is, as if to two people. The exception to split hands is a pair of aces. If, with ordinary pairs, one additional card with the possibility of drawing cards is dealt to each card, then in the case of a Split with aces, this is not possible, you will simply be dealt one card and that’s it. Each casino approves its own split rules again. In some casinos, after Split, you can make a Double.
Double – doubling the blackjack bet
Double is when you double your bet and get no more, no less, but exactly one card. Double can be done only when the player has 2 cards. In some casinos it is allowed to make a Double after the Split has been made. Usually Double is allowed when the sum of points of the blackjack player is 8, 9, 10 and 11, but some casinos in the blackjack rules allow Double (Double) and at other values.
In fact, everything is not so difficult, but these two concepts – Split and Double – cause a lot of game errors. For example, some players, for unknown reasons, start splitting a couple of tens. 20 points is almost the maximum. But after Split, two cards of ten are much worse. After all, if you make a Split, after a dozen you may get, for example, 5, and with fifteen points, it is practically impossible to hope that you will get less than 6. So why split and destroy an almost winning combination for the illusion of winning a little more?
The same can be said about the split of a pair of fives or fours. In such a situation, there is a high probability of getting 14.15 points in your hands after Split, which threatens with further busting of points and, as a result, losing in Blackjack.
Indeed, having 8 or 10 points on hand but with different cards (for example 4 and 6), when Split is out of the question, the player would probably have made a Double or just started picking up. It is the paired combination that in this case simply confuses many blackjack players.
The best option in this case is Double, not Split, or drawing one more card (depending on the dealer’s open card).