Splitting 10's in blackjack

A big part of the allure of blackjack is that it requires very little skill to master. That’s not to say that the game can be played well by everyone, but those who take the time to learn a few basic, simple strategies can, and very often do, succeed over the long haul. Most of the strategy that revolves around the game has to do with number combinations, and when you should hit or stand, all based on the cards that you have against what the dealer is holding. Much of it comes down to understanding what the winning percentages are in every situation, and learning to calculate that without really thinking about it does take a little practice. One hard and fast rule that every player who knows anything about the game will tell you is that you should never split 10’s, no matter what the dealer is showing. The reasoning is very straightforward; why split up a hand of 20 that will more often than not be a winning hand? It’s hard to argue against that, but there is one argument that holds a little water, although it’s one probably best played out at an online casino as opposed to a land-based one. There are some players who will split 10’s if the dealer is showing a 6, simply because he will have to hit on anything under 17, which means there are pretty good odds that he will bust, leaving you with 2 winning hands. The reason you should perhaps steer clear of that when you play at a land-based casino is because other players at the table may feel that you took their card, which may have given them a winning hand, especially if the dealer doesn’t bust and wins. It’s a decision that is risky at best, and common sense says that you should simply just hold onto that 20, no matter how enticing that 6 may seem on the other side of the table. At least if you pull that move at Royal Vegas, you can be sure that no disgusted player will throw their cards at you and call you a name that cannot ever be repeated.


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