Blackjack Etiquette

Pattie E. Byrd By Pattie E. Byrd, 9th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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All Blackjack players have to learn somewhere, but there are some things that come with experience that aren’t written in the strategy books. A few etiquette tips will make the game more enjoyable for you and your fellow players.

No Strategy Tips But Things You Might Want To Know

There are hundreds of books and articles written on the best strategy for playing Blackjack. Especially for beginners, there are some things that are never mentioned in these books. I call this Blackjack etiquette. A few people enjoy playing at a table by themselves, but most people enjoy the fellowship of playing with a group. By following a few simple rules, you will enjoy the game more and make friends around the table. Everyone who wishes to learn and play the game of Blackjack has to start somewhere.

No. 1 Always ask the dealer when you’re unsure what to do.

Okay. You’ve decided you’re going to try your luck at Blackjack. You’ve read all the strategy books, have your little help card you brought and are ready to win some money. You sit down at the table, trade your money to the dealer for chips, and place a chip on the allotted slot. The dealer deals the cards. You look at your cards and still aren’t sure whether you should get a hit (take a card) or stand pat on your hand.

Ask the dealer. Dealers in casinos love to see the patrons win, believe it or not. People who are not winning are not usually going to tip. This person dealing sees every combination of cards all the time, and if you ask, will gladly help you to make the best decision.

No. 2 Look at the dealer’s card first.

Before you even check your hand, look to see what the dealer has. Does he have a 6 or less? That’s considered a “bust” card. All that means is that he will have to deal himself another card, and there is a good chance his cards will total over 21. If you have a total combination of 12 or above, do not hit. If you do take another card and get a card that would have caused the dealer to bust, such as a 10 which would allowed everyone else to win, your fellow players will not like it, and before long, you will be left playing by yourself, which is probably not going to be in your best interest.

No. 3 Be friendly but don’t be obnoxious.

People playing at a Blackjack table enjoy the company of fellow players. They enjoy winning, and they enjoy seeing others win. What they don’t enjoy is watching someone being overly excited by screaming and bellowing constantly, especially if they’re losing their money. Now, don’t get me wrong, an occasional outburst of excitement is normal, but always respect your fellow players.

Rule No. 4 Be mindful when arriving at the table.

Blackjack players as a rule seem to be a little superstitious. If you have to excuse yourself to leave the table for a few minutes or when arriving at new table while people are the middle of their game, look to see if they’re winning. Don’t just jump straight in with your money when their momentum is winning them money. Be courteous and ask if it would be okay to join the game, or wait until the shuffle to insert yourself into the game. This is especially true of someone playing and winning by themselves on a table and playing more than the minimum.

No. 5 Pay attention to the game.

When you’re sitting at the table, don’t make the dealer have to get your attention every time it’s your turn to make a decision. Always check his card, your cards and know what you’re going to do. Again, by making everyone else wait because you’re looking across the room for some reason, you will soon irritate your fellow players.

No. 6 Don’t be a drive-by.

Nothing is more frustrating to Blackjack players than to have a person sit down at the table, play one or two hands and then move to another table. Five minutes later, the player comes back again simply because he didn’t win at that table. Not only do you often interrupt the winning flow of the players at the table, but it’s disruptive. Blackjack is a long-term game which can turn from a losing table into a winning table at any time, so sit down with the goal of playing for a while.

Exception: If you’ve received some promotional tokens or coupons for play and you just want to play one or two hands, that’s different. The above rule is for those wanting to play long-term but just flitter from table to table.

Rule No. 7 Have Your Money Out When You Sit Down

When you sit down to play Blackjack, have your money out and ready to give to the dealer. It’s very frustrating to interrupt the game while you dig out your wallet or rummage through your purse looking for your money. Remember, respect the other players and don’t hold up the game for a long period of time.

Additionally, take out the amount of money you’re prepared to play. In other words, don't cash in $10.00 and keep going back for another $10.00 every time you run out of chips. Just because you cash in a larger sum of money doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. Chips can always be cashed back in for your money.

Rule No. 8 Be Courteous About Seating Arrangements

It is very frustrating to other players at a Blackjack table when space is limited, and one player lays himself over the table. Every spot on a Blackjack table is allotted for one player. If you rest your arms across two spots, you make it very difficult for another player to enjoy his game. Pay attention and again, respect the other players’ turf.

Rule No. 9 My Money, My Game

If you feel like you have the right to play your game any way you choose by ignoring all strategies and disregarding the other players, then by all means do so. But try to find yourself an empty table. That way, you’ll be happy, and trust me, those playing away from you will probably be happier, also.

Rule No. 10 Have Fun

The primary target of gambling is to win money. We all know that. If you’re gambling in a casino and not having a good time, then it’s probably in your best interest to leave. Once again, Blackjack is a long-term game. You’re going to win some of the time, and as horrible as it sounds, you are going to lose some of the time. And there will be times where it’s very difficult to outlast the losing hands. Be prepared for that. If it bothers you to lose several hands in a row, then you probably need to find another game. Otherwise, enjoy the game.


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Pattie is a freelance writer specializing in humor commentary. She retired from working in the exciting world of legal administration. Pattie has been published in several magazines and on several websites. Although humor is her first love, she of...(more)

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author avatar Funom Makama
2nd May 2012 (#)

I love this piece, thanks for the great share

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