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Never Split Tens

29 Aug 2020

By John Marchel
How many times have you seen blackjack players split 10s in the casino?

Over the years I’ve seen it too many times. I’ve come to a realization that only two kinds of players do it: card counters and foolish people. Card counters keep track of all the cards that have been withdrawn from the deck(s) and they know another high card(s) is coming and they are betting on two winning hands.

If you aren’t a card counter, you must be one of the foolish people. That rating is issued because you are throwing away a big part of your bankroll needlessly. In my seminars I teach students not to split ten-value cards; 10-10, J-J, Q-Q, and K-K. Remember, jacks, queens and kings are not counted as such in blackjack, they are all 10s. In the end, it’s the mathematics that usually convinces them not to make this particular move while at the table.

Let’s say you get two tens and the dealer shows an 8 as their up card. The mathematical odds are almost 90 percent the player will win that specific hand. By splitting the 10s the odds drop to 60 – 40. The player still has the odds advantage over the house; however, he/she has given away an extra 30 percent chance of winning, which is considerable.

The game of blackjack is tough enough so don’t’ give away an almost sure win when you have a pair of 10s.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• The wooden stick that the stickman uses in the game of craps is sometimes called a “mop” or a “whip.”

• When it comes to dice sticks, the wooden stick the “stickman” uses at the craps table, they come in various sizes; 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”, 48”, and there are even some 52” sticks.

• The first crap table was first installed in Monte Carlo casino in Monaco in 1950. There is a story that Edward G. Robinson, the actor, while visiting the casino, made the comment “What this place needs is a good craps table.” After hearing what Robinson said, management reviewed the idea and shortly afterwards introduced a table for casino players.

• In 1985 the casino table game of craps generated 28 percent of all table wins in Nevada. In 2010, it generated only 9 percent.

• The current record for a "hand" (successive rounds won by the same shooter) is 154 rolls including 25 passes by Patricia DeMauro of New Jersey. She lasted 4 hours and 18 minutes, at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 23–24, 2009. She continued throwing by over an hour and broke the record held for almost 20 years.

• In Nov. 1944, an investigation determined that a craps dealer at the Lucky Club in Reno, Nevada had switched dice during a game. When customers accused the dealer of cheating, he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot them. On Nov. 6, 1944, the club’s license was revoked.

• In most casinos, the maximum number of players that can play at a standard craps table is 16.

• The plain, unmarked outer edge of a craps table layout (beyond the Pass Line) is called the “apron.”

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

Never Split Tens is republished from CasinoCityTimes.com.
 
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