Variations in Blackjack

While the basic rules of blackjack remain the same whether someone is playing the game in an Internet casino or a regular casino, the etiquette of the game changes depending on the forum. In particular, traditional casinos instate much stricter protocols for the game than do online gaming systems.

Internet vs. Traditional Casinos

Internet casinos, there is little to no verbal communication between the dealer and the player, or amongst the players themselves. Instead, everything is taken care of at the push of a button on the screen. At a traditional casino, however, the diversity of the clientele and the wider variety of factors that may affect communication between the dealer and the players necessitates stricter rules of blackjack decorum. Rather than conversing normally, traditional blackjack protocol dictates that dealers and players interact via a series of hand signs specifically formulated for the game.

Variations Among Countries

Blackjack protocols also vary by region and nation, though the purpose behind these rules is generally the same: to prevent players from cheating. For instance, in traditional casinos in Europe, blackjack dealers often deal the cards face up. In Las Vegas, however, dealers place the cards face down during the game, and players are required to hold their cards in one hand only, and never lower them beneath the table.

In addition to the above protocols, blackjack players are also required to use specific gestures whenever they want to raise, fold, or double during a game. In these cases, individuals must respectively point to their cards, wave both hands above the cards, or place their wagers near or on a specific card, depending on the bet.