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Blackjack : What's behind strange blackjack plays?

By Elizabeth Scott

Level: Mar 6th 2007
A blackjack pro can rapidly identify novices by their silly mistakes. Nevertheless, the paradox is that sometimes a true blackjack expert will make the same strange play as a beginner, but intentionally and for a completely different reason.

When a classic blackjack veteran detects this strange modality of gambling, he usually mistakes the specialist for a neophyte. Frequently, as you've probably noticed in the casinos, classic blackjack veterans have a bitter repugnance towards playing with novices.

Here's an archetypal case: recently, I heard third base asking another player at the blackjack table, when it's the accurate time to split a pair of 10s? The other answered ironically, that he doesn't know when he's angry at his money. Therefore, the third base replied that, actually, the accurate time to split a pair of 10s is when he's at a full table and his friend needs a seat...They both chuckled in affirmation as the enjoyment and games continued.

So, supposing that you were dealt those two 10s against a dealer's 5 up. In addition, you just happened to be acquainted with the fact that every particular lasting card in the shoe was a 10? What's your genius move?

Just take your time and think about it. If you split and go on splitting, you'll finish up with four 20s and the dealer's bound to make 25. Clearly, in this specific situation, splitting 10s is the finest choice.

Why? Ask yourself, will you ever see a shoe where every distinct remaining card is a 10? Implausible! However this does reveal that if splitting 10s is wrong with a full shoe and right when only 10's are left, then there has to be a crossover moment in the game where splitting 10's is a more wise decision than standing. So, classic blackjack veterans should know that this moment of the game actually does get reached from time to time.

Frequently, we can notice an open-minded player make this "silly move" for reasons that we don't know. So we get spooked enough and leave the table, making room for that other fellow's friend who needed a seat.

You don't have to do this! You see, if a really awful gambler doubles down on a soft 19 for no good reason, in fact, this move doesn't influences anybody else's odds at the table.

But if a professional makes the similar choice because a beneficial shoe has developed, and you leave the table because you don't want to play with awful players, you're most likely going to lose some money!

Consequently, the next time somebody at your table makes an odd move, don't be so quick to consider him a born loser. It's true, he might just be a beginner, and in that case his play doesn't influence your own chances to win. He might be gambling at a superior level and if you leave, you probably will turn your back on an advantageous shoe.
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