no more cards in hopes that the current total will
beat the dealer. Signal a stand by holding a flattened
palm over your cards in a faceup game, or by sliding
your cards under your bet in a facedown game.
When you have a strong two-card combination, you
may double your bet. The tradeoff is that you only
get one more card. It's common now for casinos to
allow you to double down on any first two cards,
though in single-deck and double-deck games some
casinos restrict doubling to two-card totals of
10 or ll. Double down by placing an equal bet behind
your original wager. In a single-deck game, you
also need to turn your original two cards faceup.
Split If your
first two cards are of the same denomination, you
can split the pair and use each card as the first
card in a separate hand. You must place a second
bet equal to your original wager (usually next to
the original bet) to split the pair.
player is allowed to resplit if another like card
is dealt. For example, if you start with a pair
of 8s, split, and are dealt another 8, you may split
again so that in effect you are playing three hands.
You may draw as many cards as you like on each hand,
and many casinos allow you to double down after
you receive a second card on a split pair.
Aces are an
exception. Most houses will allow you only one more
card on each Ace after you split, and many will
not allow you to resplit Aces. If you draw an Ace
on a split Ace, you can't draw any more cards and
are stuck with a 12.