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58 Pa. Code § 685a.10. Splitting pairs.

§ 685a.10. Splitting pairs.

 (a)  If the first two cards dealt to a player are identical in value, the player may select 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 initial Bet Wager. For example, if a player has two 8s 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 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 to that hand. A player may split pairs a maximum of one time, for a total of two hands.

 (d)  If the dealer obtains Blackjack after a player splits pairs, the dealer shall collect only the amount of the initial Bet Wager of the player and return 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.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  685a.6 (relating to wagers); and 58 Pa. Code §  685a.7 (relating to procedure for dealing the cards; completion of each round of play).

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