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Blackjack 21 Casino Etiquette

Blackjack etiquette is an extra responsibility that must be taken into account while playing at land based casinos. Online casinos don't require much manners other than don't take too much time while playing multiplayer games with other people. Land based casinos are much different and conservative behavior is ideal. Below is a list of proper blackjack etiquette and general behavior traits that should be followed throughout the casino.

  • The first one is obvious. If you don't know how to play blackjack, don't play on a table with other people, especially if you do not know them. The best thing to do in this case would to find a table where you can learn by yourself or play with a group of friends. The reason for this advice is it isn't polite for experienced players who just want to play a game of blackjack to suddenly be slowed down by a player who doesn't know the game.

  • Do not interfere with the players if you are not playing. This is very distracting and can throwing people off their game. This is also true even if you are playing with a group of people. By not interfering, this means don't talk all the time or criticize their game decisions.

  • If you are going to drink, do not be loud and obnoxious and especially don't put your drinks on the table. A loud annoying drunk is never fun to deal with and ruining the felt on a blackjack table is not a good thing to do in a casino. If you are going to drink, try to control behavior and not get too talkative to the point that it annoys other people playing at the table.

Tipping the blackjack dealer

The etiquette of tipping the blackjack dealer is very important. Some dealers only make their money by tips from the players, much like the pizza delivery guy and waiters. If you are winning big, you should occasionally tip the dealer every now and then. If you are losing, then it probably isn't necessary to be tipping the dealer unless when you leave the table. You want to tip the dealer with casino chips. A good amount for a tip would be a minimum bet on that table. Tipping the dealer is an act of good manners and is a polite thing to do when playing blackjack.

Blackjack signals using your hands

Advanced players will sometimes use advanced etiquette when making player decisions using signals from your hand. This can speed up the game and doesn't require talking. Normally blackjack is a "face up" game, where the player's cards are both facing up. In this case, you should never touch your cards, just look at them. When you want to take a "hit", point your finger at the cards. If you would like to "stand", then wave your hands over the cards. When doing a double down or a split, put your bet next to the original bet so that there are two columns of chips. You don't want to make a giant single stack otherwise the dealer has to count them every time and this can be extremely annoying and time consuming.

There is another type of blackjack using the face down style, where you are dealt cards facing down. Only then are you allowed to touch the cards to view them. The etiquette is the same as face up blackjack etiquette except when you want to take a "hit", you touch the table with your hand. When you want to stand, put the cards under your chips.

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