Tips for playing a pair of sixes at 888casino’s blackjack tables

08/05/2018

What happens when you get a pair of sixes in blackjack? Here are some tips to help you make the most out of this hand.

Should you hit or split when dealt a pair of sixes in blackjack? You have probably seen this hand many times before, whether playing online at 888casino or playing in a physical game. Below you will find what you should do, depending on the nature of the game.

Games Where Doubling Down After Splitting is Not Allowed

If you get a pair of sixes in a game where you can't double down after splitting, you should hit if the dealer's upcard is seven or greater. If the dealer's upcard is a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, you should split.

This applies when you are playing in a single-deck game. If you are playing a multi-deck game, you should hit if the dealer's upcard is a two and only split when the dealer has a 3, 4, 5, or 6.

Games Where Doubling Down After Splitting Is Allowed

The strategy is slightly different if you can double down after pair splitting. In a single-deck game, you should split if the dealer's upcard is a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7. In a multi-deck game, you should split on the same dealer upcard scenarios as the single-deck game with the exception of the 7. If the dealer gets a 7, you should hit.

Why You Should Split a Pair of Sixes in the Above Scenarios

The reason for splitting a pair of sixes in the scenarios outlined above all comes down to averages. When you split your sixes, you will, on average, do one of the following: win more; lose less; or turn a losing hand into one that will win.

Here is an example: you are playing a multi-deck game that allows doubling down after splitting and you get a pair of sixes while the dealer gets a 2. The casino has the edge in this scenario, i.e. you are more likely to lose than win. The above strategy tells you to split in this situation. This gives you two hands that start with a six, both playing against the dealer's 2.

The odds are still stacked against you, but they are more favourable odds than if you keep the two sixes and start the game with a 12. In other words, you are less likely to lose.

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What About Re-splitting?

Re-splitting is allowed on some blackjack tables. This applies when you split a pair - a pair of sixes in this example. You then have two separate hands and the dealer will deal another card to both. If one of those second cards is also a six, you will be back in the situation of having a pair of sixes in one of your hands. If re-splitting is allowed, should you do it?

The answer is a fairly simple one: if it was right to split the first pair of sixes, it is right to re-split if you get another six. In fact, you should continue re-splitting if you continue getting sixes.

Adopting the right strategy when you get a pair of sixes while playing blackjack will improve your overall chances of coming away from the table in a positive position. Test the strategy now at 888casino.

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