All American casinos give you the option of splitting
any pairs and include all 10-value cards as pairs.
Thus a jack and king are pairs for splitting purposes.
When a pair of aces is split, practically every casino
will allow only one additional card to be dealt to
each ace. The exceptions are few, such as the Horseshoe
Club in Las Vegas, where aces may be resplit, but
when any other card is dealt to an ace, you must use
only that card to form your hand.
When cards other than aces are split, you may use
the split card as an original hand and draw as many
cards as you wish to the split card to form your best
In practically all American casinos, with the exception
of the Atlantic City clubs, if a pair is split and
another, identical card is dealt to a single split
card, that card may be split as well. For example,
if 8s are split and you receive another 8 immediately,
that 8 could be split as well.
The general rule to follow is this: If the split is
originally favorable to you and an identical card
is then dealt, that card should be split also.
Some casinos, such as Caesars Palace and the MGM Grand
in Vegas and in Reno, and the Atlantic City clubs,
allow players to double down after they've split an
original pair. This is a big advantage for the player
and should always be done when allowed. For instance,
if you receive a pair of 9s, split them, and get a
2 on the first 9, you could double down if you wished
to. Since an 11 should always be doubled down, no
matter what upcard the dealer has, this is the proper
Player's Pair Dealer's Upcard Decision
A A Any upcard Always split
2 2 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Split
3 3 4, 5, 6, 7 Split
4 4 Any upcard Never split
5 5 Any upcard Never split
6 6 2,3,4,5, 6 Split
7 7 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Split
8 8 Any upcard Always Split
9 9 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 Split
10-Value Cards Any upcard Never split
Rather than memorizing this chart by rote, it pays
to analyze it by the principles of Online Blackjack
Games. Aces are always split because each is worth
11 standing alone, and if a 10-value card is dealt
to an ace, the player has a 21. A 10-value card dealt
to a split ace is not considered a Online Blackjack
Always split 8s because their total is 16, the worst
possible total. Each separate 8, however, may form
a more solid hand. Never split 4s and Ss because they
alieady form the base of a strong hand and separating
them may cause two weak hands to develop.
Never split 10-value cards because two lOs equal 20,
one of the most powerful hands in Online Blackjack
Games. Why should you break up a 20 for two unknown
and possibly weaker hands?
The 9s are split against all cards from 2 to 9, with
the exception of a 7. Why not a 7? Because two 9s
equal 18, and if a dealer shows a 7 as his upcard,
he probably has a total of 17, which will lose to
the player's 18.
The toughest decisions are involved with splitting
2s and 3s against a dealer's 7. It's difficult to
do this, especially when losing, but these are the
correct moves. The computers say so and the computers
coldly calculate the odds.
of the principles that you learned in the previous
chapter's discussion of stud eight-or-better apply
to Omaha eight-or-better. Your goal is to scoop pots,
not split them and hands that have potential in only
one direction, such as K* -QA -1011-9A, or AV -2 A
-7 A -8 • (which, like all low hands, has at
least a little high potential), drop significantly
in value compared to hands that have two-way potential.
allowed to use either the same or different cards
in assembling your low and high hands, but the "must
two" rule applies in both directions.
two" rule also limits the number of low hands
that can be made. If the final community board doesn't
contain at least three different low cards, there
can be no qualifying low and the best high hand will
take the entire pot.