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Why You Split a Pair of Aces or Eights. By Arnold Snyder (First published in Player Magazine) Β© Arnold Snyder. Aces and eights. Poker players know this.


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That is one of the golden rules for blackjack players but not according to a friend of mine. He insists that splitting eights against a dealer upcard of 9, 10, or ace is.


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Like aces, always re-split your eights. Don't split when: You get nines or tens: If you have 9 & 9 (18) it's already a strong hand to beat the dealer.


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You inevitably split the pair of Aces regardless of whether you are playing a single-deck H17 game or an eight-deck S17 game. No upcard of the dealer is.


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Like aces, always re-split your eights. Don't split when: You get nines or tens: If you have 9 & 9 (18) it's already a strong hand to beat the dealer.


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Why You Split a Pair of Aces or Eights. By Arnold Snyder (First published in Player Magazine) Β© Arnold Snyder. Aces and eights. Poker players know this.


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When we were discussing blackjack basic strategy, I mentioned that one of the absolutes of pair splitting was to always split aces and 8s. Why?


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You always split aces and 8s in blackjack. Of course, you can always find contrarians who disagree with everything, no matter how solid the math.


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Like aces, always re-split your eights. Don't split when: You get nines or tens: If you have 9 & 9 (18) it's already a strong hand to beat the dealer.


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Why You Split a Pair of Aces or Eights. By Arnold Snyder (First published in Player Magazine) Β© Arnold Snyder. Aces and eights. Poker players know this.


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Because, I answered, they are horrible hands and splitting them is a defensive move that will help you lose less money than by leaving them intact. You'll win 20 hands and lose 30, so you're down only ten bets. My second mistake was in the wording. She writes a weekly, general gambling advice column for the Biloxi Sun Herald, and may be contacted through her e-mail address, lnmabry cableone. What about a pair of 8s? Gaming Gurus. Against a dealer's up card of 2 through 7, especially if you are allowed to double after splitting, you will win more money by splitting those 8s than by simply standing or hitting. Should you draw a third ace, some casinos will not allow you to resplit a second or third time, but many will. Weekly Newsletter. My first mistake was to lump the reasoning for always splitting aces with the reasoning for always splitting 8s. And, yes, he's right. He agreed that they should always be split, but he didn't like my reasoning. An ace will combine with a 10 about 32 percent of the time, with a 9 approximately 8 percent of the time or with an 8 about 8 percent of the time. You'll lose around 70 percent of the time that way. For example, look at two 8s against a dealer's ace. But, let's face it, neither a 2 nor a 12 is a particularly strong hand. But look at a 16 as a pair of 8s and the scenery changes.

When we were discussing blackjack basic strategy, I mentioned that one of the absolutes of pair splitting was to always split aces and 8s. Blackjack aces and eights, against a dealer's 8 through ace, you're not in such good shape.

They're different and should remain different. It's like turning a 12 into two 11s; it's like doubling down on an 11, even better. YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular games or place blackjack aces and eights particular wager.

And losing less is what shaving that house edge down to 0. Book Describes Journey. Gaming News. There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and hundreds of different games and gambling opportunities available on the Internet. I should have said that a 2 or a 12 is not a great hand and that a hard 16 is a horrible hand. Until next week, aces and faces to you. If you split 25 times, you're playing 50 hands of 8 against ace. Well, a reader took exception to my logic and stated that a pair of aces is actually not so bad. Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a Casino or placing a wager. That's a hard No matter how you look at it, a 16 is a rotten hand. A "natural" applies only to your initial two cards, not to cards that are dealt to split aces. If you just hit 25 times, statistics say that you'll win 6 and lose 19, excluding ties. If you take a card, you'll bust over 60 percent of the time, but if you just stand there and do nothing, then the dealer has to bust for you to win. That'll put you behind by 13 bets. That means that 48 percent of the time, you'll end up with a 19, 20 or Of course, a lot depends on the other 52 percent of the time that you don't draw an 8, 9 or 10, and a lot depends on what the dealer has and subsequently draws, but during the long haul, the basic strategist will win more or lose less if he always splits his aces. You're losing, but you're losing less. But, still, starting out with an 8 is better than starting with a 16, and, again, you'll lose less than by simply hitting. You should split and resplit aces as many times as the law allows. Please remember, though, that if you do draw a 10 to either ace, it's not like you've been dealt a natural blackjack that pays 3 to 2. Newsletter Signup. However, a single ace by itself is powerful, and two aces are better. Okay, let's look at the pair of aces first; that's either a 2 or a It's not really a horrible hand because roughly only 4 out of 13 cards, the 10s and face cards, will cause you to bust, and you'd have to draw two valued cards in a row.