It should be noted, that the Black Jack Advocate uses estimations for calculating the splitting decisions (and calculates exact otherwise). The reason is the multitude of card that could be drawn. As there are not so much cards that could be drawn for high cards to split such as 9/9, it should be easy and fast to calculate the correct values in these cases, I am still working on that.
The deviation of my estimations of the expected values of the Splitting Decisions from the correct values should not exceed 1%, but this would be enough in this case to give an incorrect advise.
The probability of having 9/9 vs Ace is 0.0362%, and your maximum favor in ev (using Black Jack Advocate) is around 0.35%. So your overall favor would be max around 0.0001%.
(I agree with Parker, that this is a bad justification to double or triple the maximum loss, although it might be the better decision in a long run.)
Perhaps my words have been not precise enough due to my bad english. I did not say, that the first split is wrong, and a second one would be right, I say, that the first split is wrong ONLY IF table rules do not allow a second split, and the first split is right ONLY IF table rules do allow a second (and third) split.
That could be, because if you draw a third nine, the probability to draw Tens after that increase. By splitting again you can use these favors for all your three hands, if you are in opposition forced to stand with your 18... (this explaination is rather incomplete, but can give you the right direction, that such bizarre phenomen could occur. Take into account that the differences in the expected values of standing resp. Splitting in that case are very, very small)
I want to add that I didn't calculated this exactly. Please read my "note" posting too.
After reading this entire thread, and consulting ALL the web sites and texts mentioned, I have come to the following conclusion: I still don't know the answer to Cincinnati Kid's question!
Don, it does appear that Griffin's and the wizard's charts disagree. My vote goes to Griffin, given the vaguaries associated with pair splitting algorithms. Wong's Appendix E also concurs with Griffin that the only time it's basic to split 99 v A is with 1D H17 DAS.
BUT, I can't use Wong to confirm because there is a mistake in Wong's logic on pair splitting! On p. 300 of Professional Blackjack Wong writes "If splitting is the best way to play a pair, the tables will say so no matter whether the calculations assume no replits, unlimited resplits, or something in between." This might be true, but it isn't tautological, as Wong seems to assume. Wong's tables assume no resplits. As Graenzer points out above, it's possible for splitting to be incorrect under no resplit conditions, yet become correct when resplitting is allowed.
It is true that if splitting is recommended by Wong's tables then basic strategy will also say to split, but that isn't quite the same thing! Therefore, it is just conceivable that resplitting could improve the EV for splitting 99 v A from -.193 to -.186 or more, so basic would then be to split the pair under 1D H17 NoDAS.
So, to summarize, I believe that Griffin is probably correct when he says basic is to split 99 v A ONLY with 1D H17 and DAS, and I'd say if the wizardofodds has proof to the contrary, he should come forward from behind the curtain! I also agree with MathProf that splitting 99 v A is good "counter's bs," while at the same time agreeing with Parker that standing is the risk averse way to go.
By sense form Griffin is that BS is to split only when you have SD-H17 and Das. I did not see this qualification in Shackleford's site; it looked to me like he was recommending it in for all single-deck game.
I have not see a lot of single deck games that allow DAS. So I think that someone who gives a DAS strategy for SD, and treats it as the generic SD strategy, should be considered "wrong".
Some have asked about Risk Aversion. It would be interesting to compute the RA indexes for this play. My guess is that they are low enough to make this CBS.
I have really grown quite fond of CBS. I think it may be the most important concepts in BJ to have come along recently.
I would be happy to discuss this play, or these issue further, on Green Chip.