doing so would bring your total over 21. Then revert
the value of the Ace back to 1 and play your cards
like the hard hand it has become.
The real problem for nearly all players however, is
their soft double downs. That's when you double against
a small up-card with an Ace and a small or medium
card in your hand. For the typical Online Blackjack
Games player, this is the very least understood category
of hands -- and the very last to be learned.
When I first started playing Online Blackjack Games
and saw other players doubling on soft hands, I thought
to myself, "What the heck is the idea behind
that?" Well, basically the idea behind any Online
Blackjack Games maneuver is to play the hand in such
a way as to provide the maximum return on your wager.
First off, in order for any kind of doubling down
to be beneficial you must be more likely to win the
hand than lose it. Otherwise, why would you be jacking
up your bet?
But just being a favorite on the hand isn't enough
to make doubling down the right play. Doubling down
must also return a greater profit than playing that
hand any other way! With many soft hands against a
weak dealer's up-card, you make money over time regardless
of whether you hit or double. But with some of them,
just hitting it makes more money (since it saves you
the right to take a second hit when your first hit
is too small)! In some cases you even go from an odds-on
favorite to an underdog when you double down rather
than hit. So you've got to know what you're doing
when you start doubling down with a soft hand.
Proper soft doubling can gain the basic strategy player
about 0.10% in six deck play, and a tad more with
fewer decks. But many overly-aggressive players tend
to double down with almost any soft hand against any
small up-card. In fact, I think many players give
more back to the house in bad soft doubles than they
gain in good ones! Take a look at the two hands below.
reasons that probably go back to their childhoods,
you can't tell when they are happy or sad, tired or
energetic, nervous or calm.
Such a natural shield doesn't often help us socially-many
people distrust those who don't let the world know
what they are feeling-but it can certainly be a tremendous
asset at the poker table, especially when our opponents
stare us down.
Although sometimes called "the evil eye,"
there's nothing evil about a stare-down, of course.
It just feels that way when you've pushed a significant
bluff out there and your opponent sits and stares
at you for a minute or two to see if you stop breathing