If it were, you wouldn't.antibes said:If it is only 50/50 I don't see the point of ever doubling.
antibes said:I have never liked doubling on soft Aces but do according to the chart.
So if I ignored them, and just doubled on 9, 10 or 11 it wouldn't make much difference then.
scrollock said:out of interest what are the odds for the following
scrollock said:also if any can oblige what are the odds of the dealer drawing to 20/21 when starting on 5/6
You lose less. Two eights as the initial card beat the hell out of one hard 16, whatever the dealer's showing.antibes said:I cannot see the advantage of splitting 8s when the dealer has 10 or A, or even 9.
Can you give me a link? I have calculated the numbers myself. I should have mentioned that they are for 8 decks, dealer stands on soft 17.caruso said:No secret. All these numbers are listed in the BJmath glossary.
The two 8's aren't exactly great either. The possible decisions in the order of decreasing expected value are: split, surrender, hit, stand and double, and there is not much difference between the first four. The point is that it does not matter whether your moves have positive or negative expected value, you should make the one with the highest expected value, even if it just means that you expect to lose less than with the other choices. Some of the soft doubles mentioned earlier are not particularly great either, but doubling in those situationd is better than hitting or standing.caruso said:You lose less. Two eights as the initial card beat the hell out of one hard 16, whatever the dealer's showing.