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Your Blackjack Hand: 2-2 or 3-3 pairs

Posted by blackjackguru on June 25, 2009

6 decks, S17, DAS, No Surrender, Peek, Estimated casino edge for these rules: 0.44 %
D=Double down, H=Hit, P=Split, S=Stand
Dealer Upcard
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
2,2 or 3,3 P P P P P P H H H H

DAS = Double After Split allowed

We now explore the other proposition bet that you should use to offset the house advantage against you: splitting pairs. When you get a pair of equal valued cards, you can play them as any other hand. Or, you have the option to put an extra bet on the table, separating the 2 paired cards, resulting in 2 hands to be played individually. Some casinos allow re-splitting pairs, if the first split results in a subsequent pair. And, some casinos allow doubling down after a split, which is better for the player than a casino that does not allow doubling after split.

Splitting 2’s and 3’s is a good decision, even against the dealer’s 2. The reason is you may produce new beginning totals of 9, 10, or 11 and gives you a chance to double down if the casino allows.

Splitting these pairs against the dealer’s 7 may seem wrong, but remember 17 is the weakest standing total. So weak in fact, that in the long run a dealer’s 17 is worse for the house than an upcard of 5 or 6.

So, split rather than hitting these cards, in the long run you will make stronger totals and enjoy potential doubling down and re-splitting opportunities.

Remember also that just like the dealer’s upcard of 2 or 3 results in the dealer usually making pat hands, so it is with splitting your 2’s and 3’s giving you good potential results.

Common Loser Mistakes:

  • Not having enough money at the table to fund a split or a double after a split. The advantage player always keeps on hand sufficient playing stake money to take full advantage of the next round coming, or leaves the casino if she does not.

Did You Know..?

Some basic strategy pair splits are not money-making propositions at all. Meaning, you will still lose even by splitting. They are designed to lose less money than just hitting. Pairs that fall into this “lose less” category:

2,2 vs dealer 2

3,3 vs dealer 2 – Warning! if you cannot double after split, it is better to hit 3,3 vs 2

2,2 vs dealer 3 – Warning! if you cannot double after split, it is better to hit 2,2 vs 3

3,3 vs dealer 3 – Warning! if you cannot double after split, it is better to hit 3,3 vs 3

…Notice that the dealer’s 2 and 3 continue to prove deadly, even in the splitting pairs arena.


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