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Blackjack Etiquette

Minnesota City...
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Blackjack Etiquette

Hubby and I are not gamblers, but are trying to learn BJ and give it a whirl next trip to Vegas.

A gambling friend tells us that other players at a table will be very unhappy and perhaps a bit snippy if you take a card when protocol would indicate you should hold.

Is this true? And if so, frequent or more common at higher limit tables?

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1. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

The higher limits you play, the more snippy they will be at you for not playing basic strategy. Just take the basic strategy card with you to the table. The casino does not care.

Pembroke Pines...
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2. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

We had the basic strategy card with us and at one table we played at ($10 table) a guy that sat next to me commented on my hitting when he thought I shouldn't have. The strategy card told me to hit. Regardless me hitting was the right thing to do for that hand because I won the hand. I can definitely see how the higher limit tables can get like this.

Also, we nevered played BJ at a casino before our trip and was surprised that a lot of the dealers will be more than happy to give you tips on basic strategy while sitting at the table.

Chicago, IL
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3. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

It is true, the higher the table limit the worse it may get. But Sammy is right, most dealers are more than happy to help you as well as teh players next to you. Don't be affraid to ask. Try playing for the first time at a low limit table sometime inthe late morning or early afternoon when there may not be as many people. You may be able to sit down at a table where it is just you or a couple of people. The dealers will be even more helpful then. I learned to play Pai Gow poker this way.

Mountaineer Country
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4. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

Low limit tables tend to have more sparatic play so you will fit in. Also, BJ & Crap players love to blame things on another player. BJ & Craps is not a team game.

Most of the huffing and puffing will come when a dealer is showing a 3,4,5 or 6, stand if taking a 10 will bust your hand and don't be gready and split 18's & 20's. Always split A's and 8's and you will be fine. If a dealer is showing a 10, fear of busting is most of the time okay so the table will not be mad if you don't take a card.

Full disclosure...This is NOT the full blown basic strategy but it will keep the table from complaining. I don't play this way but when I take newbies to the table with me it tends to work. Also, TIP the dealer the first couple of hands and tell him your new to the game. It's amazing how you will become his best friend. Remember he has no idea what card is next but he will help you play and fend off the complaining because your his tip buddy.

Manchester, UK
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5. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

Don't worry at all about the other gamblers, no matter what the limit of the table is. It's your hand and your bet so it's up to you to stick on 12 or hit on 18.

If you want to play very conservatively or like you're about to commit suicide, that's up to you. People may well tutt but, truth be told, there's no real skill to blackjack and the sequence of cards determine whether anyone wins or loses not some other person's strategy.

If your fellow gamblers are losing then they'll look to blame anyone but themselves. Just act with a bit of confidence and if they start tutting just ignore them.

If it really worries you, sit at the first box so your actions or strategy (or lack thereof!) will have almost no effect by the time the dealer comes to take extra cards.

Sunny California
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6. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

Some people do get snippy, but you just have to ignore them. Just play your game. Most dealers in casinos will help you with basic strategy too. Most casino gift shops sell a "cheat sheet" card for blackjack. Pick one up, it'll help you with the basic strategy of the game.

Powder Springs, Ga.
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7. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

Ignore other players? No strategy or skill involved in BJ? Hit on an 18 playing black checks at a table with other gamblers simply because you want too? WRONG!!

Any experienced BJ player knows that every

play at the table has the potential to affect the outcome for everyone.Play that way if you want to only if you are the only one at the table.

The object of the game is to win money from the casino. I guarantee that you will lose making bonehead plays like that. No sense in taking the rest of the table with you. Remember you are playing against the house not the other players.

You don't have to be a card counter, but at least learn basic strategy. I promise you, you will have a better chance of winning along with the rest of the table and isn't that what its all about?

Mountaineer Country
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I don't understand how you could have a good time on your vacation ignoring snide & ugly comments. If I wanted that I would have stayed at work. If you don't like the conditions leave. My strategy for newbies keeps the comments away.

Milwaukee, WI
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9. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

I would split 9's against a 5 or 6 but not 3 or 4. To me 3s & 4's fill out too often. But anyway to comment on the question, it will be to your advantage to learn basic strategy and play that way. Its good you are trying to learn BEFORE the trip--I've seen too many knuckleheads playing a lot of money and not knowing when and when not to hit....keep up what you're doing and you should be fine. Definitely bring a basic strategy w/ you for help though.

Port Saint Lucie...
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10. Re: Blackjack Etiquette

While I wouldn't "worry" about other players, it's never fun to see some a-hole giving a newbie player the Stink Eye. Play where ever you like, chances are if you're really blowing it the jerk will leave the table.

As has been pointed out before: No one plays enough Blackjack to have "Basic Strategy" work in their favor on a daily basis. In addition, newbie screw ups can HELP the table as well.

The problem is that the only time anyone will remember it is when it tools the table.