by Hannah Ray

Blackjack is a popular casino game because it’s fast-paced and easy to play. There are many ways to bet on blackjack after you place your initial wager.

This action is technically known as a “raise in Blackjack”, but it’s more commonly referred as a bet. It increases the player’s chances of winning as well as his or her ability to beat the casino edge.


Double down and split are the ways to increase your bet. After receiving their first two cards, a blackjack player can choose to double down. It is done when the player has a good blackjack against the dealer.

Double down allows you to double your wager, but in exchange you only get one additional card from the dealer.

Splitting is what a player does when they get two cards with the same denomination. splitting allows the player to have two hands. The original bet amount remains the same on one card and a similar amount is betted on the second card.

Each player receives a new card and can choose to stand, or hit for both. is used to treat the two hands separately, and they are settled according to their individual value and merit. Splitting is governed by some slotxoth rules.

If a player has two aces then they will be given one card per ace, and cannot draw another.

If a 10-card with an ace is dealt, the payout is the same as the bet, and it is not considered blackjack.

Double down and splitting are two of the most dangerous things you can do in blackjack. They can quickly drain your bankroll. If you use the right strategy, you can turn $100 into $1,000 by “raising” your bet in blackjack.

Double Down in BlackJack: Strategies for Doing it Right

It’s crucial to know when you should double down in Blackjack strategy to maximize your profit:

Card Total 11

Double down is best done with a total of 11 on the first two cards. With an 11, the player’s chances of drawing another card to get 21 are very high. Even if a player doesn’t reach 21, it’s likely that the total will be higher than the dealer.

Soft Hand Totals 16 to 18

A soft hand is 16, 17, or 18, which means the has an Ace (which can be considered as 1 or 11) and one additional card. These hands are misplayed because people don’t know they should double down. Double down when the dealer has a low value card. Double down without fear of losing . The ace is a 1, so you can get a 10 or even a low one by doubling.

If the player receives an A-7 it could be either 8 OR 18. After doubling up, a player can reach a total of 20, 21, or 17 by drawing low cards like 2 or 3, and a 17, by drawing high cards like 9 or 10.

Hard Hand 9 to 10

A Hard Hand is a hand without an ace. Hard hands have a lower flexibility than soft hands, but doubling down when you get a 9 or 10 is the best option. In this case, the player should only double down when the dealer displays a low value card. If the player is able to obtain a high-value card in this scenario, they are in a good position.

When to avoid double-downing in BlackJack?

Double down can be profitable, but it is best to avoid. When the dealer holds an ace, you should not double down.

It is important to be cautious and avoid doubling your stake. Double down is a bad play when you are dealt a hand higher than 11. You have a greater chance of failing if you get.


Blackjack players should split in the best possible situations, such as:

Pocket Aces

When a player draws an ace in blackjack, they will have a good chance to get a blackjack if they draw a card of 10 value, of which there are many in the shoe. Splitting two aces to get 21 twice is a no brainer when you have them. It is better to split the aces again if you can.

It’s far more profitable for a blackjack player to play two aces as separate hands .

Pair of Eights

Splitting the pair 8 is a great strategy for blackjack. It is simple to remember. The best way to play this pair of 8 is separately. Aim for two hands worth 18 each.

If allowed, re-splitting the 8 like the aces is a good move. Splitting the 8 again like the aces can be a smart move, if you are allowed to do so. Although this may seem risky, the EV is higher than playing a pair of eights in a single game.

Play 10 Pairs of Cards with Dealers 13 to 16

The question of whether to split the 10, or not, has always been debated. In certain variations the player should split the 10, against the dealer’s 13, 14, 15 or 16. In face-up Slotxo, where the dealer’s cards are all visible, splitting 10 is the best decision.

This is also a smart move for card counters, especially when they can tell through card counting that there are a lot of cards with high values left in the deck.

When not to split in BlackJack?

In certain situations, players of blackjack should not split. A player with a pair 9 already has a good hand of 18 Splitting will require them to hope for a 10 or ace in order to improve their situation. A pair of 10 is the same.

Splitting should also be avoided when a player has a pair 5’s. You get 10 with two 5s, which is the best hand to double down on. Splitting five and making 15 will put you in a poor position, and increase the edge of the house.

The players should also avoid splitting 4 because two 4s make 8. This is a great hand to begin hitting up to 18. Splitting four gives the player a pair of very low hands, and this puts him in an awkward position.