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Your Blackjack hand: 6-6 pairs

Posted by blackjackguru on June 26, 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
Your
Hand
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
6,6 P P P P P H H H H H

The reality is 6-6 is a very weak starting hand, and is the worst of all the pairs. If you get 6-6, expect to lose with it in the long run against all dealer up-cards. It is so bad, that only against dealer’s up-cards 5 or 6, and only in casinos that allow doubling down after split (DAS), is there a long-run expected win with 6-6. It is truly “the number of the Beast.”

Common Loser Mistakes:

  • Splitting 6-6 vs dealer pat upcards of 7 through A
  • Expecting to be a winner splitting 6-6 vs dealer stiff upcards 2,3,4, saying “dealer has a bust card”. The Advantage Player knows splitting must be done, but it is a cost-reducing strategy, not a money-maker.

Did You Know..?

  • If you are in a casino that does not allow double after split, when you have 6-6 vs 2 you should just hit rather than split.
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