Any time you sit down at a blackjack table, you’re giving the house a small advantage. By knowing a few simple rules, though, you can bring this advantage down, and you can give yourself a great opportunity to win money over the short run. Blackjack is not a complicated game. It does, however, require you to think through some decisions quickly and in a pressure-packed environment. To help you manage those situations, here are favorable blackjack rules.
Understanding what to do with two eights
When you’re dealt two eights totaling 16, you need to understand the implications. Being dealt 16 is the worst thing possible in blackjack, and having two eights gives you the ability to break out of that situation. With this in mind, you should be looking to split eights at almost every opportunity. By splitting them, you’ll be taking an almost sure loser and it turning it into a hand that has a chance to break even.
There is one important exception to this rule. When you’re facing a dealer’s ten, many experts say not to split your eights. You should either take a hit or surrender if your table offers this option. By splitting in that scenario, you are putting more money out on the table when the dealer has a strong hand. This goes against good blackjack sense and should be avoided.
Playing soft hands against a dealer’s six
A soft hand is when you are dealt an ace and another card. If you have an ace and a four, you’re said to have a soft 15. When facing down a dealer’s six with one of these soft hands, you should almost always look to double down. Some will balk at the idea of doubling on a soft 16, but it is the right play most of the time. You give yourself a chance to improve, and even in the worst case scenario, the dealer is likely to bust when showing that six.
Should I ever split 10s?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is splitting up your 10s in hopes of winning two hands. Blackjack is a tough game, and being dealt 20 is a major win for the player. By splitting your hands, you do two things wrong. First, you may weaken your hand. In addition, you reduce the number of big cards in the deck without any chance at blackjack. Keep your 20 and be happy that you were dealt some good fortune.