Blackjack is fun to play and easy to learn. The rules are relatively simple, although there are several variations of how to play the game. The goal is to try to get your card count closest to 21 without going over. A win comes if your hand is closer to 21 than your competition.
The best way to learn the game is to try it out online before going to a casino. However, one thing an electronic game doesn’t teach is the proper etiquette for playing in person with other people. Blackjack is as much about proper behavior as it is following the rules. Here are a few tips when playing, especially in a casino setting or at a friend’s house.
- Manners are very important. It is expected that the player be courteous to the dealer and his fellow players. This courtesy includes being polite, controlling one’s temper, paying attention so the game keeps moving, and not bringing food or drink to the table (especially if it’s your friend’s folding custom poker table).
- Be very careful about touching your cards. If you are playing a face-up version of the game, never touch your cards. If playing a face-down version, only look sparingly using one hand.
- Hand signals are the primary means of communicating with the dealer. Pointing at your cards or lightly tapping on the table signifies that you want another card. Waving your hand over your cards tells the dealer you want to stand. And, placing a second bet near your cards indicates you either want to double down or split.
Finally, don’t forget to tip the dealer!