The blackjack table in a casino is set up with five to seven betting spots, marked off by a circle or a square, and determines the maximum number of people allowed to play at one given time. There is always one dealer present at the table representing the house and collects chips or pays off as is necessary. The seat that is the farthest to the right (the dealer’s left) is referred to as first base and follows in a clockwise direction to the last seat, or third base.
Blackjack Table Layout
The above picture shows an ordinary blackjack table, with five betting spots (marked off with square outlines). On the right hand side is the shoe, discussed earlier, and on the left is the currency slot, in case you’d like to convert your cash into some more playing chips. The chips given out to players are taken from the chip rack, which is located in the centre at the back of the table. When placing their bets, each player would place their chips in the square that corresponds to their position at the table.
The dealer is positioned opposite the players and in front of the chip rack, which is contains all the chips that the blackjack table has available. A ‘shoe’ can often be found at the table. This small box is used to hold the un-dealt cards when playing with more than one deck. The currency slot, present at every blackjack table, contains the money that has been used in exchange for chips. It is not used to exchange playing chips for cash; that has to be done at the cashier.
The rules that apply to the game, other than the basics of course, are written on the table. You can see in the example above that when taking insurance, if you win the payoff is 2 to 1 – not that bad, but still a bad bet to place. Also, the rules outline the face that the dealer must draw on a hand that is less than 17, which works in favour of the casino. If you get a blackjack, the payoff is 3 to 2 or 1.5 to 1.