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Online Blackjack: Double Downs and Splits

One of the most popular casino games ever invented is Blackjack because it’s easy and fun to play. The good news about playing online blackjack is that you can improve your game by just remembering a few tips¬† (when to double and when to split) which we’re gladly going to share with you in this article.

Most players are familiar with the basic rules of the game, like letting the dealer take the next card when the player holds a hard 12 through 16 and the dealer has a 2 through 6 showing.

Another interesting snippet about the game is to keep those split and double up hands in mind. It’s important that you know when to double your bet which will allow you to win twice as much!

When To Double Down

Blackjack tables aren’t all equal, luckily most of the variants we’ve found online are some of the best we’ve seen.

If you have a 9, 10 or 11 you can double down on your first two cards, we also recommend that you double down on a soft hand (Ace, 2 to 9).

What happens when you double down? When you double down you are allowed to bet up to the size of your original wager in exchange for taking another card. If you stick to these tips they’ll stand you in good stead:

 

  • When holding a two-card nine, double down if the dealer holds an upcard of three through six, or you can hit.
  • When you hold a two-card ten, double down against the dealer upcard if it’s 2 through to nine, or you can hit.
  • Now should you hold a two-card 11, double down if the dealers upcard is 2 through to 10, or you can hit.
  • If the player holds an Ace 2 or an Ace 3, double down against the dealer’s upcard of 5 or 6, otherwise hit.
  • When you hold Ace 4 or Ace 5, double down against the dealer upcard of 4, 5 or 6, the other alternative is to hit.
  • When you hold Ace 6,¬† it’s best to double down if the dealer’s upcard is 3, 4, 5 or 6. If it’s a 2, 7 or 8, stand. Hit against a 9, 10 or Ace-down’t double down on an Ace 8 or 9.

 

When To Split Pairs

By doubling your wager you can split any pair, only do this when you have the following hands:

 

  • Split your 2’s when the dealer’s upcard is 2 through 7, hit otherwise.
  • When the dealer upcard is 2 through 7, hit or you can split 3’s.
  • Split 6’s in the event the dealer upcard is 2 through 7, or you can hit.
  • You can split your 7’s when the dealer upcard is 2 through 7, the other alternative is to hit.
  • Against any dealer upcard split your 8’s simply because 16 is an atrocious hand.
  • Split your 9’s against any dealer upcard except when up against an Ace, 10, 7.

 

In summary. What we’re about to tell you is important, always split your Aces no matter what. Most online casinos we’ve played blackjack at allows you to split your Aces.

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