While some of these might be obvious to more experienced players those new to the game might find some of these tips useful. If you plan to visit a real-world casino or maybe a live-streams online Blackjack game these are a few things to consider before you have even sat down…
Don’t sit at a 6-5 blackjack Table
Traditionally speaking if you were playing blackjack and you were dealt a blackjack which is an Ace and 10 value black card it means you have Blackjack and would get paid $3 (£3) for every $2 (£2) on the table. But if you sit at a 6-5 blackjack table this of course means you will only get paid $6 (£6) for every $5 (£5) on the table meaning you win a lot less. Sure, the numbers might sound bigger, but I assure you they are not.
Never Play At a Table With a Continuous Shuffle Machine
For those who don’t know what a continuous shuffling machine is it often looks like a large snail sat on the table and what this machine does is continuously shuffle the cards shortly before they are dealt. This makes the odds of getting Blackjack much smaller than those tables that use a pack dealing machine that isn’t continuous.
Never Hand Over Money to The Dealer
This is something you should never do at all table games let alone Blackjack, but because Blackjack is a faster game it is worth taking note of this tip a little more. Simply place the money on the table and not into the hands of the dealer. This is better for your own security in case the dealer hands over the wrong amount of chips and better for the casino as a whole for security purposes.
Don’t Touch The Cards
Sadly most casinos are paranoid and anyone touching the cards means they are up to no good. You might want to pick them up and hold them, but trust me, your hand and bet will be void if you do. While some casinos still use hand dealing which means you can hold them, you can only do so in one hand, not two. Unless of course, you have some sort of disability that prohibits you from doing so in one hand.
Never Touch The Chips Once The First Card is Delt
Maybe you noticed the stack you have put down is uneven, maybe you just wanted to count how much you placed down. Whatever the reason don’t touch them because the casino will think you are up to no good and void the bet. If you do this enough times they might even kick you out of the casino for doing it!
Don’t Tell The Dealer What You Want to do
If you want to HIT or STAND you should be using hand signals once you have learned them. You can say it the first few times and the dealer will teach you if you are new to the game, but once you know them you should be using them all the time. You might want to check with the dealer that it is OK to use hand signals if you are new to that dealer of the casino itself. The most common ones to use are tapping on the felt if you want to HIT and a wave over the top of the felt if you want to STAND. Do make sure you don’t do either of these things on the cards themselves or the chips you have bet as the casino might believe you are trying to cheat and might void the bet.
Don’t Guess How To Play Your Hands
If you don’t understand even the most basic of Blackjack strategies you should practice at home before you place real money down unto a casino table. Knowing when to HIT and when to STAND with the numbers you have been dealt with is the best way to make your money last longer and your chances of winning greater.
Don’t Get Too Drunk
While this is pretty obvious to most people there are still some people who drink far too much and start to make poor decisions. Stay sober, stay compos mentis and you should be OK. As with all forms of gambling, once the fun stops, stop gambling!
Don’t Get Emotional
It is easy to get emotional at the Blackjack table because it is a quicker game than many other table casino games. But try not to get too excited or too emotional if you start to lose several hands in a row. This links closely into the previous tip where you should be of sound mind whenever you are gambling let alone at a real Blackjack table.
Don’t Play on Your Mobile
If you need to answer a phone call or read a text message try to do it as discretely as possible. If you are interrupting the flow of the game other people might get annoyed and if you are pointing your phone at the dealer or table the casino might think you are up to no good. So keep it in the pocket and if you do have to interact with your phone for some reason do so away from the table.