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Stand Draw 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.

Double Down 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.

Usually, the 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.

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Lending Money in Nome Games
When you play in a home game, a fellow player who gets tapped out (broke) will often ask for a loan. It can be tempting to lend money in these situations, for the following reasons:

- The borrower may be a friend.
- The borrower is often a regular loser whom you want to keep in the game; he might not lose the money back to you immediately, but he will eventually, as long as he keeps coming back.
- A player who is losing tends to keep losing and it may be easy to win the loaned money back immediately.
- It can feel awkward to say no to someone whose money you've just won, especially if you're a big winner.
- You think you might later be in a situation when you want to borrow money and your own chances will be improved if you have a reputation as a lender.
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