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How to Play Your Aces vs. the Dealer's 10

Blackjack Advice: How to Play Your Aces Against the Dealer's 10
by Charles of Predictem.com

When you play blackjack, it is imperative that you know the right move in every single situation and play in a manner that is mathematically perfect. That only comes by way of mastering something called the "Basic Strategy," which sets out all the playing decisions that will make you the most efficient blackjack player you can possibly be. The way you would learn this is by memorizing a strategy chart, of course, but we also believe that you would benefit by knowing not just WHAT to do, but WHY you do it.

So we endeavor to explain things to you by way of walking you through each and every situation.

Let's take a look at one that some people may get confused about.

Let's say that you're in a multiple-deck game (You can find single deck 21 online at 5Dimes), which means, most likely, that you are looking at a six or eight-deck game, and it really doesn't matter what the specific rules options are, since they won't affect what out play is here. You receive a pair of Aces on the deal, and then you see that the dealer has given herself a ten-value card on top. This kind of gets you excited, because you know that there are great possibilities when you have a couple of Aces.

So what's your move? Is the decision to split the cards an automatic one? Let's examine it.

If you were thinking about hitting the hand, you'd be doing so from the perspective that you could be working from either two (2) or twelve (12). But when you take a look at the math surrounding such a decision, it doesn't make any sense at all. In fact, you would be losing 47% of the hands and winning just 41% of them. And that would be quite a waste when you have not just ONE of the best cards in the deck, but TWO of them.

Remember that logic alone should have us leaning toward a split, since we can start two hands with an Ace, which can produce two 21's with a ten-value card added (by the way, there are no 3-to-2 payoffs on natural blackjacks if you split).

Think about it - the Ace is so powerful that when the dealer has one showing, you are asked if you want to take insurance. Yes, it's a pretty good position for you to be in. And the numbers bear it out. When you split, you will win 51% and lose just 42%. So by making the right decision in this situation, you have completely turned around a losing scenario and created a winning scenario out of it.

Splitting the Aces? Yup, THAT'S your move!

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