This gives a player what we akin to to call "a fighting chance". Those aren't the only 2 options you have, though.
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But you count the ace as 11, you have a total of 22, which would make you bust. I live in a senior living area. Progressive Blackjack. You have an 8, a 3, and an ace. The dealer might be rushing, so avert the first base chair.