Free Blackjack rules
Splitting Pairs in Blackjack:
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· Always split a pair of aces or 8s. A pair of aces totals either 2 or 12 but when you split them each card is worth 11. When you split 8s you are breaking up 16 which is the worst hand to have.
· Never split 4s, 5s or 10s.
· Split 2s and 3s only when the dealer has 4 through 7.
· Split 6s when the dealer has 3 through 6.
· Split 7s when the dealer has 3 through 7.
· Split 9 when the dealer has 2 through 6, 8 or 9.
· Never take insurance unless you're counting cards
If you are dealt a natural at a single deck table, and the dealer's upcard is an ace, there are 49 cards remaining after removing your ace and 10 as well as the dealers ace. This leaves fifteen 10s to give the dealer a natural. Not insuring means you will be paid 3 to 2 thirty-four times and push fifteen times (49 total - 15 tens = 34).
This means your winning percentage will be 104% without insurance as opposed to 100% with. Clearly you're better off not taking insurance.
Always follow strict basic strategy rules
basic strategy is the predetermined set of plays a player should make to maximize their average gain or expectation playing one hand against a complete pack of cards.
Play at tables offering the most advantageous conditions
The player's expected win rate using the basic strategy depends on the casino's rules and the number of decks being used. Some of these variations favor the house more than others.
Surrender when necessary
Some casinos offer the ability to surrender or turn over your hand after your original two cards without playing it for half of your wager. There are two types of surrender, early and late. Early surrender means surrender before the dealer checks for a natural. Late surrender means surrender that is allowed only after the dealer checks for blackjack.
If used properly, the option of early surrender increases the players expected win rate by .7 percent while late surrender increases the rate by .06 percent. Always look for tables that offer early surrender.
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