If you are dealt two cards with equal value, you have the option of “splitting” them into two separate hands. You must match your original bet if you “split”. You may “split” a pair up to three times making four separate hands). You can take as many “hits” as you like on each hand. If you “split” a pair of Aces, you will receive only one card on each of the hands,
but if one of the “hit” cards is another Ace, you may “re-split” (making up to four separate hands).
Players also have the option of increasing their wager by “doubling”. After receiving your first two cards, you may “double down” on any first two cards. You may also “double down” after “splitting” a pair.
If the dealer’s “up” card is an Ace, you have the option of making an “insurance” wager. You may wager any amount up to half your original wager that the dealer’s down card has a value of ten. If the card has a value other than ten, you lose and the dealer takes your insurance bet.
*Only applies to blackjack games dealt from a shoe.