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The Blackjack Table

The Blackjack Table
by Jason Green of Predictem.com

It is not difficult to find Blackjack tables in a casino, as the area where the Blackjack tables are located is generally the largest area for table games because of the popularity of the game. There are Blackjack tables that are around a central area, which is referred to as the Blackjack pit.

A Blackjack table is a modified oval that has seats around the curved part of the table. How many spots are on the Blackjack table will determine how many seats there will be. Depending on the casino there are Blackjack tables that will either have 5 or 7 seats. The players will sit down at the Blackjack table, while the dealer will remain standing when the game is played and will face the players in the game.

Right in front of the Blackjack dealer there will be a chip rack and to the right a slot where the dealer will drop cash that the players give to exchange for chips. There may also be a shoe that will hold the card decks. If it is a Blackjack game that only has 1 or 2 decks there will not be a shoe on the table. There also may be a sign that shows what the minimum bet of the table is, as well as other rules of that specific table. Make sure that you read the rules of the Blackjack game you are playing out so you are aware of the rules of that specific table.

The Blackjack table will have felt on it and on that felt, which is generally green or red, will be boxes or circles where players will place their wagers. In front of the dealer and facing out where players can read, there are rules printed on the felt. The common rules that are printed in this area often are Stand on All 17's and Dealer Must Draw on 16, Insurance Pays 2 to 1, and Blackjack Pays 3 to 2. If you want to tip the dealer you can either throw him a chip/chips or place a bet for them in the area for insurance.

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The Blackjack Players

There may be 5 to 7 seats on the Blackjack table but the game will begin when there is at least one player. When vacant seats are available players can sit down. When you go to sit down on a Blackjack table do not look for open seats but for open betting spaces, as people can play several hands at once and even though there may be seats open there game may be closed if a players or players are playing several hands.

The cards are dealt clockwise, so the player directly left of the dealer will get the first cards. This spot on the Blackjack table is referred to as the first baseman. The player opposite the first baseman directly to the dealer's right is the player that will receive their cards last and is referred to as the third baseman or the anchorman.

Most experienced Blackjack players prefer to sit at the third baseman position or one seat to the right of the third baseman. They prefer to sit in this area because they can view the other hands in the game before they make their decision on what to do. If you are new to the game of Blackjack you should not sit in the third baseman seat. It is a seat where a lot of pressure is involved, as you may draw a card and make the dealer a winner. You can also take a hit that would have made the dealer bust. Other players may get upset at you for doing this, especially if you are a beginner and should not have hit. As you become a better player try to sit near or at the third baseman's seat, as you can get more information by being the last player to act. This is especially the case in a single or double deck game if you are counting cards.

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