Blackjack Worst Playing Errors
Not following the Blackjack Strategy (Blackjack Worst Playing Errors)rules will result in losing money in the long run, even though you may occasionally guess right. Intuitive play is imperfect and will always cost you more than you win. Here is a list of the most common mistakes made while playing Blackjack.
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- Hitting double ACE's against a dealer's TEN. A hand total of 2 or 12 is never a good hand so don't be reluctant to split. Double ACE's should always be split, regardless of what the dealer is showing. Most casinos only allow a single hit on split ACE's because it is such a strong hand. It is just like getting one card on a double down -- which is a good hand -- except that you are getting two chances instead of just one.
- Standing on an ACE-SIX when the dealer is showing a SEVEN. You should always take a hit on this hand. When a dealer is showing a SEVEN, a bust is imminent only around 26% of the time. When you take the hit you cannot bust but it is likely that you will improve your hand. You should always take a hit.
- Standing on an ACE-SEVEN when the dealer is showing a NINE. I know it seems odd to take a hit on what appears to be a good EIGHTEEN, but contrary to popular belief an EIGHTEEN is not that good of a hand when up against a dealer's NINE because the dealer will only bust around 23% of the time and will beat your EIGHTEEN more than 50% of the time. Therefore, you must try and improve your count.
- Standing on an ACE-SEVEN when the dealer is showing a TEN. The dealer will win this hand around 56% of the time so you must try and improve your count.
- Standing on a NINE-NINE when the dealer is showing a NINE. You should always hit this hand because it is the same as standing on an ACE-SEVEN, which the dealer will beat more than 50% of the time.
- Hitting or standing on an EIGHT-EIGHT when the dealer is showing a TEN. Eights should always be split because SIXTEEN is the worst hand you can have in Blackjack. When you split them, you at least get an opportunity to improve your count a little bit. Splitting always results in losing the least amount of money - even when you have doubled your bet by splitting.
- Hitting or standing on an EIGHT-EIGHT against a dealer's ACE. Eights should always be split because it is the best option available for improving your hand.
- Hitting an ELEVEN against a dealer's TEN. This hand should always be doubled because getting an ELEVEN in the first place is a winning hand. Take advantage of the winning situation and double your winnings.
- Standing on a TWELVE when the dealer is showing a THREE. Against standard strategy, you should hit this hand because it will limit your losses, but not by very much. It is basically a losing hand.
- Standing on a TWELVE when the dealer is showing a TWO. This is also a losing hand so take the hit to try and limit your losses.