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Blackjack Hand Signals

Badly used blackjack hand signals are a perfect way to lose big at the tables, so before you head to the casino, take careful note of the different black jack hand gestures used in the game to avoid running into problems. If you are still unsure, watch what other players do before trying these yourself.

The proper hand signals depend on whether the game is being played ‘face up’ or ‘face down’.

Face Up

Hit – Point at your cards or tap the table.

Stand – Wave your hand from left to right over the cards without moving your arm.

Double Down or Split – Add a second bet in a separate pile next to your first wager. Do not touch the cards as touching the cards is only done on games played with the hands down. Then hold up one finger to double and two to split.

Face Down

Hit – Scrape the table. This is a light gesture usually with the index finger.

Stand – Gently slide your cards under your chips. Try to do this without moving the chips.

Double Down or Split – Turn your cards over so that they are face up while adding a second bet to the first stack of chips. Hold up one finger to double and two to split.

These hand signals take some time to remember, but if you are willing to put in the effort, simple courtesy along with the above blackjack hand signals guidelines will help you to enjoy a smooth (and hopefully profitable) casino blackjack experience.