We all need a little help when we’re starting out and these dos and don’ts are sure to increase your chances at the tables so dive in and then get playing at the tables.
The following questions have been aired on the Poker Channel – now it’s your turn to see if you got the answers right!
If you are dealt a pair of tens should you split?
Answer: NEVER! A hand value of 20 is a winning hand and there’s a negative expected return in a case of splitting tens.
On a soft 17 is it best to stand or hit?
Answer: HIT. 17 is a weak hand; it pushes another 17 and loses to any other “made” total therefore Basic Strategy tells us to always take a hit or even double on a soft 17.
Your hand totals 11, the dealer’s upcard is 7, do you double down?
Answer: YES. It is always advisable to double 789bet login down when your hand value is 11 since there is a 30.7% chance that you will hit another 10-value card and improve your hand to 21, which is an unbeatable hand unless the dealer has a blackjack. (If the dealer hits a blackjack as well you do not use your money as this result is a tie, known as a ‘push’.)
If dealer gets an ace should you take insurance?
Answer: NEVER. Taking insurance is very rarely a bet with positive expectation so tend to decline the dealer’s offer of insurance against blackjack.
You have a pair of sevens, do you split?
Answer: YES. There’s a 56% chance for busting with a hand value of 14, that’s why splitting is advised unless the dealer has an 8 or higher as his up card. In such cases the dealer might go bust easily or he may still win if he receives a Ten or a face card, which easily would beat your Sevens even if you were to get an Ace, a Ten or a face Card.
If the dealer is showing 4, 5, or 6 value cards, and you have a total of 12 should you hit or stand?
Answer: STAND. Even though a total 12 might not seem like a winning hand the dealer’s hand is in a worse state and there is a good chance that he will bust, in fact it’s a 42% chance on a 5 or a 6 and 40% if he holds a 4. Therefore the best option is to stand and let it play out.
Should you split a pair of Aces?
Answer: YES. According to the blackjack splitting strategy you should always split a pair of Aces. Slightly more than 30% of the cards in a single deck have a value of 10 giving you a good chance of hitting two more 10-value cards and therefore creating two blackjack hands.
And there you have it – did you know the correct answers before you read them? If so good work! You are ready to begin your Blackjack quest!