you have a pair of 8's against a dealer's 10 up. You
hate your hand, but grit your teeth, put another bet
out there and split. Now you catch a third 8! What
should you do? Well, every time you split and "re-pair",
you have the same situation you faced a second ago.
You can either play a new total of 16 or convert it
into two more 8's. If breaking up the first two 8's
was the most cost-efficient play, then splitting this
new pair is the best move again! You may not like
the revolting situation you've fallen into, but like
it or not you're in it -- and re-splitting is always
the best way out.
That'll work in your favor sometimes too, like when
you split two 9's against a 6 for example. The more
9's you catch here, the better you like it! Never
moan to yourself thinking, "Oh no, not another
one!" You should be so lucky as to have 9 against
a 6 on every hand for the rest of your life! Fire
those chips out there!
to a request for one round usually leads to several
extra rounds, one extra hour becomes two, and soon
people who have to be at work the next morning or
have family obligations find themselves playing all
night and then not returning the following week-sometimes
as a result of instructions from a disturbed significant
other. If everyone wants to play till 4 A.M., fine,
but the winners shouldn't feel bullied or obligated
by the losers.