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learning blackjack

OK its been years since I played Blackjack and it was in Reno. This is my 1st time to Vegas. I'd like to find a table that will teach novice or rusty players. I know the basics of BJ but need to know the rules in vegas. I will be staying DT and will do most of my playing and gambling DT. when I venture on the strip it will be mostly to sight see. Thanks

Oh another thing is bets not more then 2 or 3 dollars until I feel more confident

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1. Re: learning blackjack

Are you talking about strategy (you have a hard 12 and the dealer is showing a 2; hit or stand?) or table etiquette or the individual table rules (blackjack pays 6:5 vs 3:2)?

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2. Re: learning blackjack

No table will teach you how to play. The players or dealers may help you out but the best thing to do is just google blackjack basic strategy and read up. Educate yourself, it's not brain surgery!

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3. Re: learning blackjack

All of that. Table etiquette and table rules mostly. I kinda know when I should hit or stand.

Thanks Dave

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At the stakes you're looking to play, the only table rule I'd bother with is 6:5 vs 3:2.

"kinda know" might be helped with a little practice. Check out the Wizard of Odds website, and particularly the Simple Strategy sheet for Blackjack.

wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/appendix/21/

Table etiquette is pretty simple once you watch a few games.

--Don't hand the dealer the money when you buy-in, put it on the felt in front of you.

--Signal clearly with your hand whether you want to hit or stand. Your move needs to be visible to the cameras instead of just spoken to the dealer

--If you want to double or split, just put the additional bet next to your first one; the dealer will move it to the right spot in the betting circle if needed. Take note so you can do it the same way next time.

--Don't touch the cards or your bet once the hand has begun (unless it's a single deck game in which the cards are dealt face down and you need to pick them up; this will be obvious)

--Avoid sitting at 3rd base if you're unsure of your play; other players will (wrongly) sometimes get annoyed if the last player to act makes an incorrect play that ends up helping the dealer.

--Don't be afraid to ask for help; I find most players and dealers are nice folks, and more than willing to help.

--Conversely, if you find yourself at a table where the other players and the dealer are sourpusses, why are you playing there? Get up and find a more fun table.

Most of all, HAVE FUN! It's supposed to be fun, not work...

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5. Re: learning blackjack

check the Wizard of Odds site for table limit information. You are not likely to find a $2 or $3 game anymore.

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6. Re: learning blackjack

Thanks very much Dave that really helps. I found a free online game to practice on when to hit or stand.

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7. Re: learning blackjack

Time ran out to edit but wanted to tell you I printed up the Blackjack strategy page to study.. Thanks again

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8. Re: learning blackjack

You can also buy blackjack strategy cards in the casino gift shops and use them at the tables. You have to keep it in your hand and no lay it on the table, but you can use them.

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9. Re: learning blackjack

There's some excellent videos on YouTube by past Vegas dealers that not only deal with the rules, but also table etiquette. Worth checking out.

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10. Re: learning blackjack

Since you will be downtown, you are in the perfect place for where you want to play. The El Cortez has a good double deck game. It has a $3 min bet, pay 3:2, and has most of the other good rules. Being a low limit table, most other players (and the dealers) will aid you and give you advise.

El Cortez also has one of the best single deck games in all of Vegas with a $5 min bet. However, single deck is dealt down, so you can't get the advise from others like you can in the double deck game that is dealt up.