If the dealer is showing a 3, assume it's a 13. If the dealer is showing an 8, assume a final score of 18. The worst face card a dealer can show, for the dealer, is a 6. Remember, dealers have to hit a 16, and hitting a 16 means they have more than a 60 per cent chance of busting. The best card they can show is an ace. That card gives the dealer almost a one in three chance of hitting a blackjack - bad news for you, as you cannot beat a blackjack.
Splits are a way of increasing your bet in the middle of a hand when you receive two cards of the same value. By splitting, you give yourself two hands to play. You need to place a wager equal to the original bet in order to split. The rules on splitting are, as with every other decision you make in blackjack, determined by the dealer's upcard. It's a complex business but two main beginners' rules to remember are: always split Aces and 8s. Secondly, never split two 10s, Js, Qs or Ks. After all, why break up an excellent hand for a chance to make two mediocre ones? You can refer to the basic strategy chart for more details.
A hard way bet is a fun bet in craps that can spice up the game. When you place a hard way bet you're betting that a double will be rolled to make up 4, 6, 8 or 10 before a seven or a soft number is rolled. A soft number is any other combination that makes up the total in question. So if you place a hard way bet on 6, you're betting that two 3s will be rolled before a seven, a 4 and 2 or a 5 and 1 (soft 6s). Hard four and hard 10 pay 7:1. Hard six and hard eight pay 9:1.
The pass line bet is the basic opening bet in craps. You place this bet just before the come out roll, which marks the start of a new playing phase. Pass line bets win when the shooter's come out roll is a 7 or 11, and pass line bets lose when the come out roll is 2, 3 or 12. If the shooter rolls 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, then the number rolled becomes the point, and the dealer will move the puck from the "off" (which means it is still in the come-out roll phase) and put the puck on the number rolled (the point). From here onwards, the rules of craps are really simple: if the shooter rolls a seven before the point number is rolled again, then you lose. If the shooter rolls the point number before the seven, then you win. The pass line bet pays even money - so if you paid $10 on the passline bet you will win $10.
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