How to Play Blackjack – Doubling Down, Splitting & Push

Let’s play a lovely hand here, we’re gonna look at the opportunity that you get to change your bets during the hand, to increase the amount of money you’ve got at the table. Splitting and Doubling, let’s see how it all works, let’s play out a nice hand for you. Three different boxes here.

Let’s deal the cards out. 8, King and a 2, House cards a 7. A pair of 8’s, 19 and 11. Lots of options here for the player in the first box.

He’s got a pair of 8’s. What are his options? His options are to stand, to think 16’s enough and hope that I bust. He can take a card and try and get nearer to 21. I think in this case, what you do, you Split the 8’s when you’ve got a matching pair, you can Split them and play them as two separate hands. Two chips is the bet, two chips is how much you have to pay to play the Split.

So the next thing is, the cards get dealt to the 8’s. 18 and 17. The choices are to take a card, to stand. Both cases here, I think we stand on 17 and 18. Let’s play our 19, a very good hand.

Now then, what have we got here? We’ve got a lovely opportunity. I spoke to you before about the chance of Doubling Down and increasing your bets. Double down one card only is available to you if your first two cards add up to less than 11. It’s a risky thing to do.

What you’re doing is you’re doubling your initial bet, but you’re only gonna get one more card. So let’s Double Down on 11. Well that’s beautiful, that’s 21 as well. It’s a lovely looking hand. So the players have got 18, 17, 19 and 21, it’s no more cards.

What I’m now going to do, is deal the Dealer cards until we make a total of 17 or more. 17, let’s have a look at the situation then. Fantastic hand for the players. 21, that’s the winner, that gets paid, 19’s a winner, that gets paid.

17, that’s called a Push. A Push is when the scores are level, we have the same total, the player and the Dealer, nobody wins, the bet stays. The last hand is 18, that ones a winner, now that’s what i’d call a perfect hand. You’ve got Splits, you’ve got Double Downs, you’ve got a Push and you’ve the Dealer paying out to the players. A cracking hand for you.