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58 Pa. Code § 672a.10. Splitting pairs.

§ 672a.10. 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. For example, if a player has two 7s or a king and a 10, the player may elect to split the hand.

 (b)  If a player elects to split pairs and the player has:

   (1)  A pair of 10 value cards (10, jack, queen or king), the player shall place an amount equal to the original Blackjack Wager for the split pair.

   (2)  Any pair other than 10 value cards, the player may split pairs without placing an additional wager. If a player is splitting pairs without placing an additional wager:

     (i)   The dealer shall place a Free Bet lammer next to the player’s original Blackjack Wager.

     (ii)   The original Blackjack Wager shall move with the first split hand and the Free Bet lammer shall be the wager for the second split hand.

 (c)  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. If the first split hand busts and if the player’s hand:

   (1)  Does not contain any Free Bet lammers, the dealer shall collect the losing Blackjack Wager and place the player’s cards in the discard rack.

   (2)  Contains a Free Bet lammer, the player’s cards shall be tucked under the original Blackjack Wager until the hand is settled or until the split hand or hands bust as well.

 (d)  After a second card is dealt to each split pair, the player shall indicate his decision to stand, draw, double down or resplit with respect that hand. A player may resplit any additional pairs, in accordance with subsection (b), for a total of up to four hands.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  672a.6 (relating to wagers); 58 Pa. Code §  672a.7 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play); and 58 Pa. Code §  672a.9 (relating to double down).

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