Dec 30, 2020 Blackjack

Split is an action that can be taken when the first two cards dealt are the same. For example, if two cards have the same score, such as 2 and 2, 5 and 5, 10 and J, the dealer will ask you if you want to split. 10, J, Q, K are all counted as “10”, so they are judged as the same number and can be split.

When splitting, you split the two cards into two hands and use the two hands to compete with the dealer. And a stake is required for each. Therefore, you need to bet the same amount as your first stake for the second hand.

If you first bet \$ 10 and split, the total bet amount will be \$ 20.

Timing to split

There aren’t many opportunities to split. Therefore, when the same card comes around, many people will think, “Isn’t it better to split?” However, blindly splitting does not increase your winning percentage. In order to split and increase the winning percentage, it is very important which card you split. It also depends on the dealer’s up card.

Here, I will explain the timing when it is better to split. Remembering if you should split in such a situation will give you an advantage in the game.

At 8 and 8

If you have a pair of 8 hands, the total number is already “16”. Therefore, if you add a card, it is highly likely that it will burst.

In the case of splitting, even if “10” appears, the maximum number will be “18” and it will not burst. And if it is “18”, there is a good chance that you can beat the dealer. Therefore, if the two cards dealt are “8”, be sure to split them.

When two A’s are dealt

If you get two A’s, be sure to split them. A can be counted as “11” or “1”, but when there are two A’s, both are counted as 1, so the total number is “2”.

In this case, there is a higher probability that you can aim for a higher number by splitting than by hitting from “2” and increasing the number. If you have an A in your hand, you will be blackjack if you get a “10” or a picture card on the next card, so you can win with a high probability.

However, please note that if A splits with two cards, only one card can be drawn with each hand.

At 9 and 9

If you have a pair of 9 hands, the total is already “18”, so it’s not bad for a hand. In this case, depending on the dealer’s upcard, decide whether to split.

If the dealer’s up card is 2-6, the dealer is more likely to burst, so you may win with both hands after splitting.

On the other hand, if the dealer’s up card is 8 or 9, the dealer’s down card is 10 or a picture card, and the score may be “18”, “19”, etc., which is stronger than the pair of 9. Therefore, in this pattern, it is a good idea to split and aim for “19”.

At 7 and 7

In the case of a pair of 7, the score is “14”, which is not strong. In this case, split only for dealer upcards 2-7. If the upcard is 2-7, the dealer is more likely to burst, so splitting may win both hands.

At 6 and 6

For a pair of 6, the score is “12” and there is a risk of bursting with more hits. In this case, split when the dealer’s up card is 3-6.

If you split at 6, both hands tend to be half-hearted, but the dealer is more likely to burst, so you can expect a win.

When 3 and 3, when 2 and 2

A pair of 3 and 2 is not a strong hand with small numbers. Therefore, it is a good idea to split and aim for a high score.

However, splitting with this hand is only possible if the dealer’s upcard is 2-7. 3 and 2 are weak hands in blackjack, but if the dealer’s upcards are likely to burst, splitting will give you a chance to win.