Player Favorable Blackjack Rules—Part VIII

Today we’re going to talk about another aspect of being dealt a pair of Aces, and a player favorable blackjack rule that has to do with them.

We’re familiar with what happens when we split a pair of Aces. It’s almost like doubling down. We double our original bet and then we only get one more card to each of our new hands.

I think the reason for this is because casinos see us with an Ace for each hand and they think we’re already halfway to 21, why allow a player to have more than one card per hand? They think that we don’t need the ability to hit for more than one more card. We’re not doubling down here—we’re splitting! And you notice this only applies to splitting Aces of course.

It seems casinos are forever trying to find ways to lower our chances and raise their own. That Ace means we are halfway to 21. The only cards that we can hope for to give us a strong hand is an 8, 9 or 10. Casinos put blackjack players in a hard spot with this rule—only one more card when splitting Aces.

But there are some casinos who have a sense of reason, and allow blackjack players to hit for more cards after splitting their Aces like we can do with any other pair.

Casinos that have this player favorable blackjack rule in place don’t feel the need to try to put players at a disadvantage. They know that they have the edge. And while card counters who used basic strategy can overcome the house edge, they also know that most blackjack players aren’t that dedicated. They don’t feel threatened. So they allow us this rule, this ability to draw more cards after splitting Aces, and it lowers their edge by 0.14%. Another decent rule to look for in a blackjack game.