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Blackjack Etiquette

Blackjack Etiquette
by Jason Green of Predictem.com

Blackjack is a game where there is certain etiquette involved. Blackjack etiquette is important to follow when you are at the table in a casino. The less you have, the less respected you will be and the more annoying you will be to other players and the dealer.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

- If you are not aware of the rules of Blackjack you should either learn how to play first or find a table where there are no other players, so the dealer can explain them to you. You should not hold the game up for other players by earning the game.
- You should tip the dealer every once in a while, especially if you are on a hot streak. A good way to tip the dealer can be to make a bet for them. Simply play an additional bet outside of your betting area and in the direction of the dealer.
- If it is a Blackjack game where the cards are dealt face up you should never touch your cards. You can only touch the cards if you are playing in a face down game.
- Do not continually ask the dealer for advice.
- Find out about the table and if it one that likes to talk or not. If players are talking than it is ok to do the same but if they are not do not keep talking with them, as they are there to play and not talk.
- You should never tell players that they are playing wrong, tell them how to play, or correct the mistakes they have made.


Hand Signal Etiquette

Most of the decisions you make in Blackjack are done by hand signals that you will give the dealer. The hand signals are different, as it will depend if you are playing in a game that the cards are dealt face up or face down.

It is good Blackjack etiquette to use these signals in a face up game.

- If you want another card, a hit, simply point at your cards.
- If you want to stand wave your hands parallel to the table over your cards.
- For splitting your cards and doubling down put a second bet next to your original bet but never on top of your original bet.

It is good Blackjack etiquette to use these signals in a face down game.

- When you want another card, a hit, lightly scrape the table with your cards.
- If you want to stand place your cards underneath your bet.
- For splitting and doubling down turn your hand face up and then place a second bet next to your original one.

Here are some other rules regarding etiquette that you should follow.

- You should know the table limits of the Blackjack game before you sit down at the table.
- When you go to sit down at a Blackjack table look for an open betting square. You should not only look for a empty chair, as you may sit down to discover that a player is playing more than one bet and even though the chair may be open there may not be any betting spaces open. Sitting down in full Blackjack game is bad etiquette.
- When you sit down at a Blackjack table put your money on the table if you do not have chips. Blackjack dealers cannot take cash directly from your hand. You should not try to buy in while a hand is being played. Wait until the hand is over and then exchange your cash to chips. Even if you already have chips you should wait until the hand is over to sit down.
- Like with other casino games be careful if you are drinking. Do not get too drunk at the table. You should also wait until the hand is over or it is not your action to order a drink. You should not hold the game up for any reason, as the other player’s may be annoyed.

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