Blackjack Etiquette: Transparency

One of the advantages of playing online blackjack is that when playing on a website, there are far fewer rules of etiquette to obey. Particularly for new players, this can make the game less confusing or intimidating. Since you are playing by yourself, there really is no etiquette to stick to other than “don’t cheat.” When playing blackjack at a brick and mortar casino, though, it’s a completely different story. The game has strict rules regarding what you can and can’t do.

For today’s blog, I will focus on transparency. Blackjack, like all casino games, involves the exchanging of a lot of money and casinos want to make sure everything is done properly. That’s why they have that “eye in the sky” keeping tabs on everyone. That security camera keeps an eye on the blackjack games to make sure that the players and the dealers are playing an honest game. However, in order for the camera to be able to tell, there are certain rules that must be followed.

The security cameras can’t tell whether anyone is cheating if they can’t see what’s being done. That is why there are so many etiquette rules based on transparency – making every move clear to an observer. That is why the hand signals are so important. You can’t simply say “hit” or “stand;” you must also make the appropriate hand signals so the security can spot a mistake or cheating.

There are other blackjack rules that are less obvious, though. One is that if you want to exchange cash for chips at the blackjack table, you never hand the money to the dealer. Instead, you put the money on the table and tell the dealer what denomination chips you want. By not handing the money directly to the dealer, it eliminates the possibility of slipping him something extra. It also makes it easier to determine if there was a miscount. While we’re on the subject, you shouldn’t hand anything to the dealer, including chips.

Those aren’t the only rules for your hands, though. If the blackjack game is a face-up card game, then you should not ever touch your cards. It is not necessary to touch them because you can see them while they sit on the table and keeping your hands away from them eliminates the possibility of several cheating techniques, such as switching or marking the cards. For similar reasons, you should not place any objects on the blackjack table. Anything from a phone to a purse can block view of a card, be used to swap cards, or aid in cheating in some other way. Only a drink can be placed on the blackjack table and even then, there is usually a designated area for placing your drink.

Similarly, you should never touch the chips in the betting circle after the dealer starts dealing cards. Your wager should not be touched after even if you are doubling your bet, in which case you would place the same amount in the betting circle next to your original wager. That original wager, again, would not be touched. This rule is to avoid you altering the wager by discretely adding or subtracting chips once you see the cards.

You may have noticed that there are a lot of rules about not touching things. If you want to be on the safe side, you can always keep your hands at your side or in your pockets. If they’re not on the table, they can’t cause any problems!

The final rule of blackjack etiquette that is related to transparency – at least the last I can think of at this moment – regards the stacking of your bet. When you place a wager in the betting circle, if you are using chips of different amounts the chips should be in order, with the highest denomination on the bottom and the lowest on the top. This makes it easier to count and it also helps avoid a player sneaking a high-value chip on top of the stack when he sees that he has good cards.

If you follow all of those blackjack rules of etiquette, then the dealer and other players will be a lot happier with you. That will help the game run smoother and you should have more fun. If all of those rules seem too much for you, though, don’t worry, because none of them apply to online blackjack. When playing blackjack at an online casino, it is a much more relaxed atmosphere. Aside from not cheating, there really are no rules of etiquette.

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