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Your Blackjack hand: 7-7 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
7,7 P P P P P P H H H H

The 7-7 is a weak starting hand. You should split against all dealer up-cards of 2 through 7. Even if you split, your expectation is a loss in most cases in the long run. Imagine if you got two hands of 17, you can only win if the dealer busts. Splitting is in most cases a loss-reducing Basic Strategy play. You are worse if you did not split, because then you would have 14 as a starting hand.

Common Loser Mistakes:

  • Standing on 7-7 against dealer stiff up-cards.
  • Splitting 7-7 against dealer 8 or higher.

Did You Know..?

  • 7-7 against dealer’s up-card 2 or 3 is a long-run losing hand even when played properly by splitting? Further reinforcement that 2 or 3 is a deadly dealer up-card.

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