For those who have never played a table game before, this section is for you. It will benefit everybody if you know the basics of gambling protocol before you sit down for the first time. Few things are more annoying than a beginner at a table who doesn’t know what to do and has to be told everything several times by the dealer. Before your first time at a table game ask if your casino offers gaming instructions. Many will give a tour of all the major games, explaining the rules and how to play, at specific times of the day. Some casinos offer a designated table where people can play with play chips to get their feet wet. If none of these options are available I would suggest watching a game from behind for a few minutes before sitting down. Notice the procedure and when you sit down try not to disrupt it. Following are some pointers which you can learn now or learn the hard way:
Understand the rules before you sit down.
Only buy or cash in chips between hands. If you sit down while a hand is in progress then wait patiently for the conclusion of the hand to buy in. Use this time to get your money ready.
When you buy in the dealer may ask what denomination of chips you prefer. You should know that red chips are $5, greens are $25, and blacks are $100. Some high limit tables have additional colors, I have seen $10,000 chips at Caesars Palace. If you buy in for $100 or less I would take all red chips. If you buy in for $100-$500 I would ask for $100 in red chips and the rest in green. It is also a good idea to ask for $10 in “silver” or $1 tokens. This shows you are willing to tip and will help establish a good rapport with the dealer quickly. You can always get change for large chips later. You are usually not allowed to trade up in denomination except when you leave the table. If you …