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In the game of Blackjack, after the first two cards are dealt to a player, if the player has two of the same kind of card (same value) the player may decide to "split" the two cards into two hands if they wish.  When the player does this, the player must double the size of their bet by pushing the same amount as their original bet in the area of the cards.  If this is a blackjack game where the cards are held, the pair must be placed on the table and shown face up to the dealer.  The dealer will want to know that this is a legitimate split opportunity.  If there is a chance that the dealer might be confused as to whether the player wishes to split or double down - such as if two 5's are showing, the dealer may ask the player which they wish - a split or double down. 

After the dealer is assured that the player has in fact doubled their bet in the right manner, the dealer will then deal one more card each to each of the single cards that were just split.

If it were aces that were split, most casinos will allow one card and only card more after the split.  This is because splitting aces can be so powerful.

For other cards other than aces, the dealer will then want to know on the first hand if the player wishes to hit, or stand.  Some casinos will also on the first two cards of a split pair may also allow the player to split again - if the new card dealt is once again the same - or double down.  Casino rules vary on their willingness to allow double downs or additional splits after the first two cards have been split, making two separate hands.



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