# Aces high/low...uh...huh?

OK, so is this just the game on my cell phone, or do aces change value in blackjack? Like, I put down one, and it's worth 11, and I put another on top of it, and it's worth 1.

Is that how it works in other card games? What does the value depend on?

Or is it just like that to confuse me on my cell phone game (Virgin Mobile...oh, can't remember the name. But it's like a cross between Free Cell and 21.)?

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• Anonymous

In blackjack Aces are valued as 11 unless that would create a total greater than 21. If that happens their value changes to 1. So if you had Ace-King, you have 21. If you have Ace-5, you have 16. If you have A-6-10, you have 17.

Somewhat perversely, if you have Ace-Ace, you have 12. And if you have Ace-Ace-Six, you have 18 (11 + 1 + 6)

In many card games aces can be high or low. Typical poker games, where the best hand wins, treat Aces as high. However, in Lowball poker, where the worst hand wins, Aces are typically treated as low.

In a split pot game, where the jackpot is split between highest hand and lowest hand, Aces are commonly treated as high for the high hand and low for the low hand. A hand like A-2-3-4-5-A-5, is a great five card low hand (A-2-3-4-5, BTW straights don't count) and a good high hand (A-A-5-5-4, two pair Ace high)

• neffer
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