Gaming Strategy

Blackjack strategy: split, double, give up

The online blackjack has three recurring actions: you can split your hand to form two, double the value of the hand with a new card or give up during the game to reduce losses.

What you must remember

Know that these three actions, namely dividing, doubling or giving up, are very simple and easy to learn. However, you should know that they are essential in blackjack. Using them in the right way will guarantee you more interesting games.

Our article allows you to know exactly what is the role of each function so as not to make mistakes. Thanks to this, you are sure to get the best out of your blackjack games.

To divide

By “Divide”, one of the first rules of blackjack rule, we mean that the player has two cards of the same value and that the latter wishes to separate them to form two specific hands. The player then makes an additional bet and the dealer deals him a new card, which he will be free to place on the hand he wishes. This technique is interesting when the player has a starting hand made up of pairs only. By splitting your pairs, you create an extra hand and increase your chances of winning. This process can be effective in the case of pairs of 6, 7 or 8. However, if you have a pair of 9 or 10 you should avoid doing so. Dividing a pair of Aces is also an interesting process.

Description of the action:

  • The player is dealt a hand with two identical cards – for example a pair of 8’s;
  • The player therefore decides to divide the two 8’s;
  • The player thus receives two new cards, one for each 8.


“Doubling down” means that the player wants to buy a new card. To do this, he will have to place an additional bet. If the player has a hand with a 3 and a 7, he has a total of 10 points. By betting an additional amount, the player shows the dealer that he intends to “Double”. However, please note that this process is interesting when the player totals 10 or even 11 points and when the dealer’s face up card is a small sum – less than 6.

Description of the action:

  • The player receives a hand which rolls a total of 10 or 11;
  • The player therefore decides to double his bet;
  • The player gets a new card. Be careful, if the new card received is weak, he will not be able to draw again.

To abandon

“Surrender” means that the player makes the decision to lose half of their initial bet and does not wish to see the dealer’s card face down. If the player has a hand valued at 15 points and the dealer has a Jack – his face down card has not yet been revealed, the player risks losing if the hand he draws is too strong. It is desirable for the latter to give up. Thus, he limits his losses by agreeing to leave half of the amount wagered in the Bank. “Surrender” is effective when the player already has a hand whose value is too high: it is the adequate solution so that he can preserve his budget a little.

Description of the action:

  • The player receives a complicated hand – for example 15 points;
  • In front of him, the croupier has revealed his first card and it is a face;
  • The player can decide to give up in order to take no risk and to pocket half of his initial bet.