Blackjack is probably the best known card game in the world, with hundreds
of thousands if not millions of players loving a little action, it's no
wonder the blackjack tables stretch as far as the eye can see in Vegas.
If you're new to the game of blackjack this is the spot for you. If you
already know what you're doing, then you might want to check out an in
depth page like Blackjack
Info.net. But don't go just yet, because you might learn something
from the basics you'd forgotten.
The Blackjack table seats a dealer and one to seven players.
first seat on the dealer's left is referred to as First Base, the first
seat on the dealer's right is referred to as Third Base. The blackjack
betting square is printed on the felt table in front of each player seat
(these don't have to be squares, sometimes they are represented with circles
or other things, at the Bellagio blackjack talbes in Vegas it is a large
scripted letter B). Immediately in front of the dealer is the chip tray.
On the blackjack dealer's left is the deck or shoe and beside that should
be the minimum bet sign, which you ought to read before sitting down to
play. On the dealer's immediate right is the money drop slot where all
currency and tips are deposited. Next to the drop slot is the discard
The blackjack play begins after the following ritual: the dealer shuffles
the cards (often an auto-shuffler these days), the deck is "cut"
by a player using the marker card, and the dealer "burns" a
card. Burning a card is common in casino blackjack and is simply the act
of taking the top card from the shoe and putting it aside, to prevent
card counters from having too accurate a count. Before any cards are dealt,
the players may make a wager by placing the desired chips (value and number)
into the blackjack table's betting box. Occasionally a player may sit
out a hand or two for various reasons. If you attempt to sit out too many
hands especially if there are people waiting to play at your table, you
may be asked to leave the blackjack table until you are ready to play.
Once all the bets are down, two cards are dealt one at a time from the
first base to the third. In many Vegas casinos, players get both cards
face down. In Atlantic City and most everywhere else the blackjack player's
cards are dealt face up. Should the cards be dealt face up, don't make
the faux pas of touching them! They are dealt face up for a reason, primarily
to prevent a few types of player cheating. The dealer receives one card
down and one card up.
The numerical values of the cards in blackjack are: 10, Jack, Queen, King
= 10; Ace = 1 or 11; other cards = face value (i.e. a 3 = 3). Since a
casino can be very noisy, hand signals are usually the preferred method
of signaling hit, stand, etc. In fact you can't use your hands at all
at many blackjack tables, since it presents a possibility for cheating.
If the cards were dealt face down and you want a hit, lightly flick the
cards across the felt two times. Don't lose your hair over this.
If the cards were dealt face up, point
at the cards with a quick stabbing motion, or scratch the table with your
finger. You may also want to nod your head yes while saying "hit".
The best way to indicate to the blackjack dealer that you want to stand
regardless of how the cards were dealt is to move your hand from left
to right in a level attitude with your palm down. Your hand should be
a few inches or so above the table. Shaking your head no at the same time
helps, while saying "stay" or "stand" Blackjack
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