Run 'Em Twice Blackjack
Run 'Em Twice Blackjack gives the dealer their rare chance to split a hand with the same-value cards. Find out whether this game works in your favor with Mr Blackjack.
- This blackjack variant is seemingly easy to play, as the rules for the player do not change. Lesson six: Run 'Em Twice Blackjack.
Only the dealer's side game play and payouts will differ from regular blackjack. The game starts, and you receive two up cards, and the dealer gets one card up, and one card face down. You play your hand normally, and on the dealer's turn, the second card is flipped up. In the event the dealer flips up a pair of any same value cards, such as tens, they must split the cards, and play two hands out normally.
The only extra rule added to Run 'Em Twice is the dealer 22 push against any hand, including 21, but not blackjack. Those are already paid out. So now you have to beat two hands, instead of one. If you win both hands, you get paid 1 to 1. If you push one, and win one, you lose. If you lose both, you lose. If you win both, you win. If you tie both, you tie, and your wagers become a push. So, basically, you have to win both in order to win, and the dealer can't have any 22s in one of their hands.
The only way this helps your game is if you're used to the dealer always getting 20 to start. This forces the dealer to split those into two new hands. What this blackjack game also teaches us is that you never split tens.
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What this lesson covers
- How Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack works
- Your odds of winning this blackjack game
- Whether you should play Run ‘Em Twice blackjack
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- Can the dealer choose whether they split a pair of 10-value cards?
In this blackjack variation, the dealer must split their hand. Unlike players, the dealer cannot choose when they make this move in this blackjack game.
- Should I play Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack?
Run ‘Em Twice only offers 1:1 payouts and you have to beat both the dealer’s hands to make a profit. While Run ‘Em Twice is fun, if you want to walk away from the blackjack table with a profit, we recommend you stick with regular blackjack.
- How does Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack work?
In this blackjack game, the dealer must split their hand if they receive a pair or a 10-value card, and play out both hands. The players must beat both of the dealer’s hands to earn a 1:1 payout.
- Why do blackjacks pay out in Run ‘Em Twice when the dealer pushes on 22, but not in other blackjack variations?
Unlike other blackjack games where the dealer pushes on 22 (i.e., Blackjack Switch), the action in Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack occurs during the dealer’s turn. That means the dealer has already paid out the winnings for blackjack before it’s time for their turn.
- Where can I play Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack?
Run ‘Em Twice is not widely offered in brick-and-mortar casinos or online casinos. Game company SG Gaming offers a video blackjack version of the game, which you may find at the biggest online casinos.
- Is there a limit on the number of times the dealer can split their hand?
The dealer follows the blackjack table rules for splitting in Run ‘Em Twice Blackjack. Many casinos limit splitting to four hands (or three splits), but you can ask the dealer for clarification when you join the game.
- Do other casino games offer the Run ‘Em Twice format?
In poker, there is a move that has a similar name. If a player is all-in and the river has been dealt, the remaining players can agree to ‘run it twice’. This means the remaining board is dealt twice, with the player that wins the first board getting half the pot and the other half going to the winner of the second board.