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Etiquette and Manners

6. Etiquette and Manners

  • Blackjack like all other activities has some etiquette and rituals related to it. There is an appropriate behavior that needs to be followed while playing blackjack at the tables.
  • If you are still unfamiliar with the rules start playing at a table with no other players and learn by yourself. It's important not to hold up the game for any reason.
  • Tipthe dealer from time to time, especially if you're winning. One way is to bet on behalf of the dealer by placing an additional bet outside your betting circle, in the dealer's direction.
  • If the cards are dealt face up, don't touch them. You're only allowed to touch the cards if you're playing in a face-down game.
  • Try to avoid drinking and being drunk at the game.
  • Don't talk excessively and avoid instructing other players how to play or correcting their mistakes.
  • Don't hassle the dealer for advice on strategy.
  • If you want to be a spectator watch from a reasonable distance and don't interfere with the players' ability to concentrate.

Most of your decisions are communicated to the dealer via hand signals. The hand signals vary when you're playing a face up game versus a face down game.

In the Face Up Game

  • You point at your cards when hitting
  • Wave your hand over your cards, with your hand parallel to the table when standing
  • Place a 2nd bet NEXT TO your original bet. Don't place the 2nd bet on top of your original bet when Doubling or Splitting

In the Face Down Game

  • Scrape the table with your hand when Hitting
  • Put your cards underneath your bet when Standing
  • Turn your cards face up, and place a 2nd bet next to your original bet when Doubling or Splitting