Blackjack: Splitting Tens

Splitting TensOne of the most exciting ? and daunting ? experiences at the Blackjack table is when the dealer hands you a pocket pair. Let us talk about the daunting feeling first.

Unless you are a hardened gambler, the thought of doubling your outlay on a single bet can sometimes be a worrying one.

Luckily, for most players, the added incentive of the potential for a double windfall eases that worry slightly.

Either way, it is an exciting time, so let us have a look at the act of splitting pocket pairs, as we concentrate on pocket tens.

Splitting pocket tens is not a very profitable play, and this is because your score of 20 is mathematically more likely to beat the dealer. The dealer would have to draw Blackjack to beat you, or draw a 20 for the split.

So, for the recreational player, it is always better to stand on pocket tens. The card counter does have a slight advantage if they know that the deck is loaded with high cards, but this is still the far riskier play than just simply standing.

20 is one of the strongest hands you can ever hold in Blackjack, so, when you receive pocket tens, you have already reached your goal of drawing either 21 or a hand as close to 21 as possible.

If you are playing at a table where you notice someone splitting pocket tens, then it is safe to assume that they are a recreational player.

You are not playing against the player but their actions still have a direct impact on the cards you receive.

For some players, this does not matter but for others it can drive them insane, as the recreational player splits pocket tens and picks up a card that would have made you 21, should they have stood on their original 20.

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