This is one of my favorite player contrived blackjack philosophies: play two separate hands at the same time.
It’s like trying to outsmart the cards. ‘If the cards don’t let me win with my first hand, they’ll let the next hand win and since that’s my hand too, I’ll win.’
The only problem with that train of thought is that cards don’t have a brain to outsmart. And neither does the shoe.
But what the blackjack players who use this philosophy don’t quite realize is that this playing of two separate hands is not helping them at all. In fact, it’s hurting them. Even if they are playing both hands according to basic strategy.
This is because they are going through their bankroll twice as fast. If you have played two separate hands and lost both of them, you have lost twice as much money in one round as you would if you had only played one hand.
There is no edge to be had in playing two or more hands at once. The only way for this blackjack philosophy to work is to win both hands the majority of the time. Both hands.
I’ve already covered how losing both hands will cost you twice as much. If you lose one hand and win the other you’ve only come out even, not ahead.
And if you’re playing both hands according to the same blackjack strategy, you aren’t giving either hand an edge over the other or over the dealer. It is simply playing two hands. And there is no advantage to be had.
The best thing you can do is stick to playing one hand at a time and focusing on that one hand.
Keep an eye out for Blackjack Philosophy No-No’s—Part IV