Every time we sit down at a blackjack table or in front of our computers, we always hope that we will be dealt a natural. We hope for it whether we’re really aware of it or not. And most of the time this is an unfulfilled hope.
So what should we hope to be dealt if we aren’t dealt 21?
That should be an easy answer you either want an Ace-9 or a 10-10.
And would you believe that many, many blackjack players mis-play these two hands?
First, the Ace-9. Because it could be called a soft 20 (and who really calls it a soft 20? It’s a 20!), a good many blackjack players will either hit on this hand or double down. It’s the Ace that throws them. They see that Ace and think that they can play this hand as hard 10. Which is why so many players will also try to double down on it.
Never hit or double down on an Ace-9. Forget the soft part of this hand, and look at the fact that you have 20 in your hand! The only thing that can beat you is if the dealer has a natural blackjack. And if the dealer has 20 also, it’s only a push and you haven’t money.
Now the other hand: 10-10. Because this is a pair, many less-knowledgeable blackjack players will split this. And, again, they are failing to see what is in their hand. They see the opportunity to split and play with two hands. But in the long run they will lose more money by splitting.
Instead look at a 10-10 for what it is: a 20. Never ever split it.
It’s best to just leave these two blackjack hands be and play with them as they are. So incorporate into your blackjack strategy to play with Ace-9 and 10-10 as they are.