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Blackjack Etiquette - Do's and Don'ts

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One of the crucial aspects of blackjack is understanding and learning the rules of the game, the basic strategy and all the playing options of hitting, standing, splitting, doubling down or surrendering, along with many other slight rules and betting options.

While all of that is important to successfully play the game of Blackjack, there are also some Blackjack etiquette that you are required to abide by. If you are new to the game of blackjack and don’t know about these other rules or do's and don'ts around a blackjack table, you might get confused. Knowing what to do and what not to do around a blackjack table could save you a lot of embarrassment and is also essential to enjoying the game. To avoid being the annoyance at the blackjack table, here are some important blackjack table etiquette.

1 Don't hand your money to the dealer

Never hand the dealer cash. No dealer in a Las Vegas casino is ever allowed to take the money from your hand. It’s nothing personal, but it’s one of the casino rules. To join a game, simply wait for the current round to end and then place your cash on the table. The dealer will spreads them out and have them counted before the cameras before sliding the equivalent chips to your side of the table. Simply tell the dealer the denomination of chips you want to buy.

2 Never hold your cards with two hands

If you’re holding cards, make sure you’re only doing it with one hand. This rule is to prevent switching of cards. Players that use two hands are able to switch the cards easier than a players with just one hand.

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3 Never remove your cards from the table

At no point should you remove your cards from the table. The cards should always be in full view of other players, the dealer as well as the security cameras.

4 Never touch your chips once the dealer calls "no more bets".

After placing your wager and the cards have been dealt, you are no longer allowed to touch your chips until the game is over. You can collect your chips only after you have won but if you lose, the dealer will collect your chips.

5 When the cards are dealt face up, don’t touch them

In the shoe-dealt version of Blackjack, were players receive both cards face up and the house (the dealer) receives one card face up and one card face down. Players are not allowed to touch the cards. You simply indicate a "hit" or "stand" by using your hand motion for another card, or wave off the dealer if you are standing. The dealer is the only person allowed to remove or alter the location of the cards and chips.

6 Signal your decision, don’t say it

When playing blackjack in Las Vegas, you are required to communicate your wish to stand or hit through hand signals. Signal your decision to the dealer rather than simply saying, "stand", or "hit". Capturing your decision on the security cameras has everything to do with it. Don’t be intimidated by all those hand gestures. If you're new to the game, the dealer will be more than glad to show you the signals. You won’t have to play long before picking up on these gestures.

A hit is when you request another card from the dealer.
Signal: Using the tips of your fingers, tap or scratch the table next to your cards.
If your cards are face-up, however, then you can either touch your finger on the table or use your hand to wave towards yourself. This signals to the dealer that you want another card.

To stand means that you want to stick or stay with the cards that you have and that you don’t need another one.
Signal: Wave your hand horizontally over your dealt cards to let the dealer know you do not want any additional cards.

Double down
When you double down, you are doubling your initial bet, and you will receive one more card from the dealer.
Signal: The way to signal that you want to double down is to simply place the extra chips next to your initial bet. Then hold up 1 finger to double down.

Split a pair
This is when you split your initial two cards you are dealt, but it can only be done if they have the same value as each other.
Signal: The way to signal that you want to Split a pair is to simply place another bet with the same value. Then hold up your index and middle finger.

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7 It’s perfectly ok to ask the dealer for advice.

Your blackjack dealer is there to make sure you are having fun. Feel free to ask the dealer any questions you want regarding the rules or advice on the best way to proceed.

8 Stack your chips correctly

Be considerate to other players and try not to take up too much space on the table. Also remember your higher denomination chips should always be on the bottom of your stack of chips.

9 Don't forget to tip

Always tip your dealer during the game or when you leave the table, even if you lost money. It's customary to do so. Remember you should never hand a dealer money. To tip, simply place money or chips on the table for tipping purposes. Just be clear about what the money’s for. You can also place an extra bet in from your original bet. If you win that bet, the dealer keeps it as a tip.

10 Don’t tell your fellow players how to play

The blackjack table is not the best place to give advise or teach others how to play the game. It's okay to offer advice if asked by another player, but don't try to correct or advise other player who didn't ask for it.

11 Use basic strategy

Blackjack can be a very rewarding game when you memorize Blackjack's basic strategy. Knowing the basic strategy will always improve your chances of winning at blackjack and you can also lower the house advantage.

12 Switch off your cell phone

Switch your cell phones off. However If you must answer a call, step back from the table and make your conversation as brief as possible.

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