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58 Pa. Code § 665a.11. Splitting pairs.

§ 665a.11. Splitting pairs.

 (a)  If the initial two cards dealt to a player are identical in value, the player may elect to split the hand into two separate hands provided that he makes a wager on the second hand formed in an amount equal to his original Bet and Double Attack Wagers. For example, if a player has two 7s or a king and a queen, the player may elect to split the hand.

 (b)  When a player splits pairs, the dealer shall deal a card to and complete the player’s decisions with respect to the first incomplete hand on the dealer’s left before proceeding to deal any cards to the second hand.

 (c)  After a second card is dealt to each split pair hand, the player shall indicate his decision to stand, draw or double down with respect that hand. A player may split pairs again if the second card dealt to an incomplete hand is identical in value to the split pair. A player may split pairs a maximum of three times for a total of four hands.

 (d)  If the dealer obtains Blackjack after a player splits pairs, the dealer shall collect only the amount of the original Bet Wager of the player and return the Double Attack Wager and the additional amount wagered in splitting pairs.

 (e)  If a player elects to split a pair of aces, each ace shall receive only one card. Aces may not be split more than once and may not be resplit.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  665a.7 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play); and 58 Pa. Code §  665a.9 (relating to surrender).

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