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Blackjack faux pas

7 May 2010

The casino game of blackjack has its procedures and codes of conduct. The procedures are essential to ensure the security and integrity of the game. The codes of conduct encompass the playing etiquette so you don't attract the ire of your fellow players, or the dealer. Here are some common blunders made by players; don't you make them.

  • Handing money directly to the dealer. All cash transactions must be visible to the security cameras, so always place your cash on the layout outside of your betting spot, and then tell the dealer what denomination chips you want.
  • Touching the cards when they are dealt face up. When four or more decks of cards are used, they are dealt face up to each player from a dealing shoe. The reason the cards are dealt face up is two-fold. First, it eliminates the potential for player cheating (by either marking or switching the cards), and second, it speeds up the game because the dealer can quickly announce the total of each player's hand. There is no reason to touch the cards, so don't do it.
  • Holding the cards with two hands. In games where the cards are dealt face down (usually single- and two-deck games), pick up the cards with one hand, please, not two.
  • Removing the cards from the table. Your cards must always be in full view of the dealer and the security cameras. Therefore, you should never, for example, hold them in your lap.
  • Placing objects on the table. Purses, wallets, bags and other items should be placed on your person or next to you (except ladies' purses, which should be held in the lap). It's OK to have a drink on the table, but use the drink holders provided by the casino to avoid spilling anything on the layout.
  • Telling the dealer that you want a "hit." Saying, "Hit me" might be OK when you play blackjack with friends back home, but in the casinos, it won't fly. For security reasons, you must always use hand signals to signify whether you want to hit or stand.
  • Touching your chips after you've made your bet and the cards are dealt. Your original bet must stay on the layout untouched until it either wins, losses or ties. Once the dealer starts dealing the cards, that's your cue to not touch your wager.
  • Placing a higher denomination chip on top of a lower denomination chip in your betting spot. If you are wagering two or more different denomination chips, always place the higher denomination chip on the bottom of the stack.
  • Taking your bad luck out on the dealer or fellow players. They are not the reason why you are losing; most likely it's just a bad run of cards, which happens to all blackjack players.
  • Telling your fellow players how to play their hands. It's their money and they have the right to play their hands any way they want to. However, if a fellow player asks you for advice, then it's OK to offer it.
  • Sitting down and making a bet in the middle of a shoe. In some casinos, this is forbidden and there will be a "No Mid-Shoe Entry" sign posted on the table. If you are not sure, ask the dealer.
  • Asking arrogantly for a comp. While playing recently, I overheard a fellow player, after less than 30 minutes of play, say to the floor supervisor, "Can you gimme a comp for four to the buffet?" This isn't the way to ask for a comp. First off, comps are not a God-given right to players. You must earn a comp by meeting a casino's play requirements (average bet and time of play). Check with a casino host or the Marketing Department to obtain this information, and then only after you've met their play requirements, ask the floor supervisor, "Have I played enough for a dinner comp?" You'll be surprised how often you'll receive a no-hassle comp when you politely ask for one.
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Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

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Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

Henry Tamburin Websites:

www.smartgaming.com

Books by Henry Tamburin:

> More Books By Henry Tamburin