Splitting Technique for Multi-Deck Online Blackjack
March 20, 2015
Australian players can tell you that blackjack is one of the most popular casino games around that involves a strong level of skill and technique. Along these lines, it's really important for you to have a strong showing if you're planning on getting in on the action with the multi-deck blackjack games that are typically among the most popular table games in any given online casino. Splitting is one of the hardest parts of these games to learn, and here we're going to take an in-depth look at the strategies and technique behind splitting in multi-deck blackjack.
You'll need to start with two pieces of advice that are pretty common in blackjack circles. First, you'll always split with aces and eights. You split with aces for the chances to get a blackjack, and you split with eights to avoid scenarios with a hard 16. Note that you split eights against a nine or better instead of surrendering when you have that option. The second piece of advice is to never split fives or tens. These hands are too strong on their own to sacrifice for the sake of splitting.
All hands seven and lower are mostly played the same with the exception of paired fours, and you'll split when facing a seven or lower with pairs twos, threes, sixes and sevens, accordingly while hitting against an eight or better. With fours, however, you'll always hit, and a part of this is having a total of eight to begin with being relatively strong compared to starting off a new hand with a four. The exception to this is to double fours against a five or six if you're allowed to double after splitting, an option that isn't always available in all games.
That leaves paired nines which can be the trickiest type of paired hand to play for a lot of people. Having a hard total of 18 is fairly strong, but it's not exceptionally strong like a 20 is, so it's kind of a borderline hand in a few scenarios. If you're facing a seven, ten or ace, then you should stand. Otherwise, you should split. Facing a seven is a stand because of the chances of the dealer getting a ten card and having to stand with a total that's worse than yours. You stand against tens and aces to avoid doubling up your bet against a strong hand with two new hands that start with a nine which isn't strong enough to stand the heat.