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# Never Split Tens

29 August 2020

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 Card counters keep track of all the cards that have been withdrawn from the deck(s) and they know another high card(s) is coming and they are betting on two winning hands.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.”
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John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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#### Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses