How to Play Without Getting Played: Blackjack Tips from Behind the Rack
By Gina Sanders
Playing table games in a casino can be a fun and exciting experience. The cards are crisp, the drinks are flowing, you’re meeting interesting new people, and money is present, money that could become yours. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and overcome by the action around you, but it is important to understand the games you play so you don’t get left behind or miss out on your chance to hit it big.
As a former table games dealer, I’ve seen fascinating things and picked up some unique knowledge along the way. By sharing my insight, I am hoping to give beginners more of an advantage than beginner’s luck alone. So, buy in, place your bets, and let’s discuss some play!
1. The Basics
In the casino world, there are basic, universal rules that generally apply across the board. Before you sit down at a table, there are a few things every player should know in order to keep the game moving and flowing smoothly. The dealers and floor supervisors will correct you should you make a mistake, but it is best to have some understanding as to what is acceptable versus what is not before you get started.
Cell phones, cameras, or video devices are not allowed at the table. If you have a phone and need to take a call, you must step away from the game and abstain from play while on the call. Similarly, texting at the table is not permitted. Use of cameras, be it to take snap shots or video, is usually not allowed anywhere in the casino regardless of whether or not you are engaged in play. If you have and plan to use such devices, be prepared to step away from the table quickly and quietly, but be advised that stopping or slowing down play or jumping in and out frequently may not earn you any friends amongst fellow players.