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Blackjack Table Etiquette

By: Devon Eleven, 07/26/2012

If you are just starting at blackjack, you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb by not knowing what to do. And you really don't want to become a bother for other players at the blackjack table. So it makes sense that you would want to know some of the proper etiquette to put on display. 

While this is especially important for beginners, it quite naturally applies to everybody, because even "veteran" players sometimes don't know how to behave themselves when they sit down to play. 

If you are the kind of player who only engages in online casino action, then you don't have to worry too much about etiquette, since what you do really doesn't affect anyone else, considering you are in the comfort and solitude of your own home. In the physical casino setting, however, you've got people watching you. And you are expected to act as if you've had a little orientation, so as to move the game along the right way. 

So here are a few tips that will act as a guide, so that you will know what to do when you get to a blackjack table:

1) Understand the Table Limits -- On every table there is a sign that will explain to you what the table maximum is, as well as the table minimum. The minimum is probably what would be more important to you as someone just starting at blackjack. You don't want to sit down at a table that has a $10 minimum and out a $5 chip in the betting square. It just makes you look foolish. And that is not the table you want to be at anyway. make sure you check out the limits as you are approaching a blackjack table. 

2) Know How to Buy Into the Game -- Don't put a $100 bill in the betting square and don't look to hand cash directly to the dealer. Just lay it on the table and ask for change. The dealer will say "Change 100" and give you chips in different denominations so that you can begin playing. 

3) Know the Rules -- Sometimes the rules are posted, sometimes they are not. But you should be aware of what you can and cannot do. If a situation arises where there is a move you're not sure you can make, don't be afraid to ask the dealer. But after you've been told, don't do it again. 

4) Know the Signals -- Understand the signals that are used to make the various decisions, whether it is to hit (tapping on the table isn't a bad idea), stand (waving your hand, as if to say "no more"), doubling (put another chip in front of your existing chip) or splitting (put another chip down alongside your existing chip). If the dealer is not sure of what you want to do, he will ask you.

5) Don't Touch the Cards -- This applies to a blackjack table with a face-up game. You will be told in no uncertain terms if you do this. 

6) Don't Lose Your Temper -- You are likely to encounter many situations where you are going to lose tough hands. Do not start to yell or scream or throw things. Keep your emotions in check. 

7) Don't Interfere With Other Players -- Don't start giving them advice on what to do, if they haven't asked you first. And even then, what the hell do YOU know anyway? 

8) Tip the Waitresses -- If you order a drink, don't forget to tip the waitress when she comes with it. That's just a basic part of casino comportment. 

When you're just starting at blackjack, these suggestions will surely serve you well!

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