Beginners Guide to Blackjack Etiquette

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Here is another entry on casino etiquette for those new to table gameplay, specifically blackjack. The blackjack table can be very inconsiderate and sometimes abusive to dealers and players alike.  Here’s your Beginners Guide to Blackjack Etiquette.

Beginners Guide to Blackjack Etiquette
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General Table Game Considerations

  • If the cards are dealt face down, then only touch your cards with one hand! If you break this rule, you will almost always get a sharp rebuke.
  • Be gentle with the cards; don’t bend them or put drinks on them. Some players have tried to cheat by bending specific cards slightly, for example, the aces, and the dealers have to guard against this.
  • If you are taking a break at the tables, make it short or give up your spot. Taking a bathroom break or taking a walk to stretch your legs for a few minutes is fine. But if you’re going to lunch or to play another game, free up your spot. If you’re going to be gone for more than a few minutes, it’s not fair to other players or to the casino to tie up the game.
Beginners Guide to Blackjack Etiquette
Be considerate to the dealers.
  • In some games, the cards are dealt face up. If this is the case, never touch your cards.
  • Don’t wave money in front of the dealer, as it is simply impolite. Players should be patient and wait until the end of the round and then buy in by placing the money on the table. Moreover, you’re not allowed to hand the money to the dealer.
  • Dealers are working hard to provide players with the best services. Tip them. Better yet, place a bet for them.

Blackjack Specifics

  • At blackjack, if you’re playing a game in which your cards are dealt face-up, do not touch them. In games dealt face down, such as single deck blackjack, the situation is different. In those games, you pick up your cards.
  • When you join a blackjack game, especially at higher-denomination tables, ask if the other players want you to wait until the shuffle to start playing. It makes no real difference in the long run, but sometimes players who have been on a roll will want to finish out the shoe before changing anything. Don’t expect the same courtesy at low denomination tables. Space is at such a premium that it’s a bit much to expect someone to wait at a $5 table. However, if you do interrupt the play mid-shoe, have your money ready – it’s not as entertaining as you think to watch someone take his wallet out for 5 minutes.

Don’t Be That Guy

  • Don’t be annoying like the guy who keeps track of how much he’s up/down at the blackjack table and keeps giving a running update. Please keep it to yourself.
  • If you bust, lay down your cards face up by your bet. Please do not throw them in disgust. It isn’t polite. If you can’t handle losing, then don’t play.
Beginners Guide to Blackjack Etiquette
  • Blackjack involves hand signals to signify how you want to play your cards instead of verbal instructions. Please know them before you sit down.
  • I don’t feel it’s ok to give a blackjack lesson during the game.
  • Don’t give unsolicited strategy advice.  Players are entitled to play how they want. Yes, it might have cost you your hand, but that’s just part of playing at a live casino.
  • Leaving your chart out. Do not constantly take your basic strategy chart out; consult it and put it away only to take it out in the next round. If you want to play with it, leave it out so that it is readily available. If you are playing blackjack online, keep it open in another window. Constantly taking it out and putting it away will keep you from annoying other players.

That’s all for now.

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