Many games of blackjack offer certain facilities presented as advantages to the player. However, one should not fall for either of these traps. Often they simply claim to offset other disadvantages. Most offers are above board but the two below certainly shouldn’t be considered an advantage to player.
There are many strategies a blackjack player, new or experienced, would want to take on board as they look to profit from a casino. The two below are most certainly not:
- Splitting on 10s
Blackjack allows the player to split on 10 value cards (10, J, Q, K). This is especially true with online blackjack when the player is dealt two cards of the same rank. Splitting the cards allows the player to take a second card on each hand and play each hand separately, doubling their bet in the process.
This can be done with any pair – two 2s, two 5s, two 10s etc. However, most casinos don’t allow the player to split when they have a Jack and a Queen for example.
Some players make the mistake of thinking that splitting a 10 is favourable to them. But why would you split two 10s? You have been dealt a healthy value of 20 – just one figure short of Blackjack itself; the only possible better hand than you currently have.
Splitting a pair of 10s would almost certainly weaken your hand. Unless you get an Ace in either hand you cannot improve it, whilst you’re running the risk of leaving yourself with a poor hand. There are several situations where splitting a double are a good choice, but none of them when you’re handed a value of 20.
It is recommended reading a strategy card on what doubles to hit and stick on. These can be practiced online during a free game of blackjack to help you memorise and understand the situation before you play for real money. One place that offers free versions of blackjack is the popular Betfair Casino.
At the end of the day, the best advice any blackjack player can take is simply to stick when they receive a pair of 10s.
- Insurance Bets
The insurance bet is an option that a player can use when the dealer’s face up card is an Ace. One half of the player’s bet then becomes an insurance bet. Should the dealer then draw a 10 as his hole card, therefore getting Blackjack, the player receives a payout of 2 to 1 on his insurance bet.
However, should the dealer not draw Blackjack then the player loses his original wager. If he loses the main game, then he loses his original stake on top of that. Should the player win the main game then his winnings are simply reduced.
Looking at this from a mathematical point of view then the player is prone to losing more often than not, compared to playing without the insurance bet. Thus, a player should be advised to playing the insurance bet at all costs.