Proper Procedures and Etiquette for Casino Blackjack

When you play blackjack online or even in the privacy of your own home, you are not dealing with the myriad of people that you have to deal with in a casino. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but if you follow a few simple rules, you can make it much easier on yourself.

The first thing to remember is that when you arrive at your table of choice, take the money out that you want converted into chips and put it on the table. The dealer will not change your money until the current round is done, so you might have to wait for a bit.

After you have started playing and made your bet, keep your hands off your chips. Violating this rule is a good way to get yourself kicked out of the casino. If you do this, a floor worker may assume that you are cheating. Also be sure to always keep your cards in view of the dealer for the same reason.

If your cards have been dealt face down, scrape the cards toward you if you want to hit. When you want to stand pat, slide your cards under the chips in your betting box. Be sure to not touch or lift the chips when doing this. Conversely, if your cards have been dealt face up, point your index finger at the cards if you want to hit. If you want to stand pat, wave your hand (palm down) over the cards.

If you want to double down, turn your cards over and place a bet equal to your original bet next to the previously bet stack of chips. You will receive face-down card as your double down card. If you want to split a pair, turn the cards over and place a bet equal to the amount of the original bet on the split card. You will now be playing each card as a separate hand.

In the instance that you want to make an insurance bet, place half of your original bet above your cards in the area marked “Insurance pays 2:1.”

Should you hit and bust your hand, turn it over immediately so the dealer can remove your cards and chips. If you should be dealt a blackjack, turn it over at once as well so that the dealer can pay you and remove your cards.

If your cards are being dealt face down, let the dealer turn them over after he has played out his hand at showdown. Do not do it yourself.

Speaking of the dealer, if you wish to tip him, you can place a bet for him in either your betting box or in the insurance box.

While playing blackjack, if you feel the need for a beverage, simply ask the dealer to send a cocktail waitress to the table. They will be more than happy to do so.

Above all else, do not whine about your bad cards or your bad luck at the table. Seriously, nobody wants to listen to a complainer.

Now you are officially all set to sit down at a table at your local casino of choice and play blackjack like a veteran. I wish you good luck in your blackjack endeavors!

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