Casino Etiquette Part 3 – General Table Rules & The Blackjack Table

General Table Game Considerations
If the cards are dealt face down, then only touch your cards with one hand only! 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.

When at the tables, if you are taking a break, 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.

In some games the cards are dealt face up. If this is the case, never touch your cards.

At any table game, when betting chips of mixed denomination, stack them with the highest denomination on the bottom and the lowest on top. It makes it easier for the dealer to read your bet size, and also is a casino safeguard against casino cheats who attempt to cap a bet with a large-denomination chip after they know the result.

When playing at the table it is advised not to 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 ask to buy in. moreover, it is banned to hand the money to the dealer.

Dealers are working hard to provide players with the best services so it is advisable to tip them after the game. It will show good manners and dealers will definitely remember this token.

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 interupt 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 annoying like the guy who keeps track of how much he’s up/down at the blackjack table and keeps giving you a running update. Keep it to yourself.

If you bust then lay down your cards face up by your bet. Do not throw them in disgust, as it is very rude. If you can’t handle losing, then don’t play at all.

Blackjack involves hand signals to signify how you want to play your cards. You must use hand signals, verbal instructions are not enough. Please know them before you sit down, it is very annoying when a new player has to be instructed over and over.

Don’t feel it’s ok to give a blackjack lesson during the game.

Never criticize anyone else at the table for standing or hitting, doubling or splitting. It’s their money, they’re entitled to play how they want. If the want to take a card on 18, they can. Yes, it might have cost you your hand, but that’s just part of playing at a live casino.

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 so that you can readily check it to keep the game flowing smoothly. Leaving your chart out rather than constantly taking it out and putting it away will keep you from annoying other players.

That’s all for now.



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