Splitting Tens

Splitting TensWhen playing Blackjack, there are times when the dealer deals you a hand, which contains two cards that have the same value. It is up to you choose whether you want to split the hand or not. If you choose to split the hand then you will have two hands instead of one, and the dealer will deal you one card for each hand held by you. The bet will also be doubled and your chances of winning will also double.

It is important for Blackjack players to know when to split tens in blackjack as doing in the right situation can increase their returns.

Value of a Ten

The value of a ten, jack, queen, and king in Blackjack is ten. Cards with values of between 2 and 10 are valued at their face value.

When To Split Tens

When playing Blackjack the dealer may deal you a pair of tens. This means that you could have been dealt two tens, two jacks, two queens or two kings. You should be very happy that the dealer has dealt you a pair of tens because the total value of your cards is twenty, regardless of what the starting card of the dealer is. It makes sense to split tens when you have been counting cards and the count has gone up to six or more.

In such a situation, you will realize that there are 6 additional tens for each remaining deck in the dealer’s shoe. If there is only a pair of decks left, then it makes sense for you to split tens against the dealer’s five or six and when the count is plus twelve. However, this high count rarely occurs. Keep in mind that if you split tens and this causes all the other players at the table to win, then you will earn not only a lot of fame but you will also win a small fortune to boot. So, split tens if you want to become a hero.

When You Shouldn’t Split Tens

A pair of tens is a hand that has a very good chance of winning which is why many players choose not to split the tens. They prefer to wait to see what card the dealer deals himself. Provided the dealer doe not get a Blackjack or twenty-one, you cannot lose. Secondly, when the dealer’s cards have a value of either seventeen or eighteen or nineteen, then they will have to stand and you get to win the hand.

If you are playing at a table with multiple numbers of players and you are dealt a pair of tens, then you should not split tens because in case the dealer gets a winning hand and you lose, then everyone else at the table will also lose and you will be condemned for splitting tens.

The best way of understanding when you shouldn’t split tens is by looking at an example. Suppose the dealer has a six, which is the weakest card, then the dealer will only have a ten percent chance of winning with that six. The dealer will also only have a ten percent chance of getting twenty and he or she will have about eighty percent chance of getting something else.

Now, in this instance, if you have bet one thousand dollars, you will have about eighty percent chance of winning with your pair of tens. There will also be another ten percent chance that you will get a push which means that you will only have a ten percent chance of losing. What’s more, your average net win without splitting your pair of tens will fetch you seven hundred dollars per one thousand dollars bet.

Now, think about what happens when you choose to split your pair of tens. You will then have two tens facing the six held by the dealer. You will only have about twenty-nine percent chance of winning against the six held by the dealer. By splitting your tens, you will have two 29 percent chances of winning, which means that in total you will only have a 58 percent chance of winning. Also, you will win 12 percent less by splitting your tens. So, why give up on an eighty percent chance of winning by not splitting your tens for a 58 percent chance of winning by splitting your tens?


The proper way of playing a hand containing a pair of tens is to look at the starting cards of the dealer. If the starting cards are anyone from 2 to 10 plus an Ace) then you should not split your tens. Stand on your pair of tens and wait to rake in the cash! This is why most Blackjack players say that splitting a pair of tens in Blackjack is plain crazy!


April 9, 2015 - Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.