I am confused about the standard basic strategy chart of Blackjack in the case of double 8s. Usually following basic strategy involves the following sequence of playing decisions in that order: One decides whether to surrender, wheter to split, wheter to double down, and whether to hit or stand.
Now assume a round where I am dealt two 8s and the dealer has a 9, X or A. Now I want to follow basic strategy to figure out what decision to make. We first consider whether to surrender, and since we are at 16 and the dealer has a 9, X or A the basic strategy chart tells me to surrender.
But is this right? I've heard the saying 'Always split aces and eights' a lot. Is this saying only applicable in games where surrender is not allowed? I would appreciate somebody clearing my confusion.