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Blackjack Newbie Guide: Buy In and Color Up

No one wants to look like a nervous wreck when they're new to blackjack. Two of the first and most fundamental lessons in this game for any blackjack newbie are how to buy in at the start of the game and how to color up when one is done playing. Knowing how to do both is not only a matter of etiquette but is also a matter of proper protocol as well. Blackjack newbies should learn how and when to buy in and how to color up after the game.

Both tasks, to buy in and to color up, are pretty easy and won't even take more than a couple of minutes to learn. The first thing you should do when you buy in is to actually find a blackjack table with a vacant seat. During hot nights some casinos will have blackjack tables packed and it will take some effort finding a suitable table. In case you can't find one or have found one however it has no vacant seat, you may just observe the game at a distance and wait for one of the players seated to get up.

When you finally get to sit down at a table you don't buy in as soon as you are settled. This is a piece of protocol that blackjack newbies should quickly learn - when to buy in. Never buy in when you see that a hand is still in play. The correct time to do this is when a hand is finished and the dealer has paid the winners and/or collected from players with losing hands.

Once a hand is over the first thing you need to do to buy in is to lay your chips on the table's felt. Never at any time should you hand your money over to the dealer. They will not and are not allowed by any casino to take any cash from your hand. A good practice, and as a way of not stalling the game, is to lay down the exact amount. No one wants to bother for change, especially the other players. The dealer will then change your money into chips for your game.

If the buy in process is easy enough, the next step, to color up, is even easier. Any blackjack newbie will learn this in no time. You also are not allowed to leave a game while a hand is in play. The proper time to leave and cash in your chips is when a deck or shoe is done.

You may color up, or exchange smaller value chips with larger value ones, during the game in between hands. Make small stacks and push them to the front between the betting circles. The dealer will take your chips, count them and exchange them for higher value ones.

Blackjack newbies will have no problems learning how to buy in or color up. These are two fundamental practices that both blackjack newbies and seasoned players should know, as they are also part of proper etiquette protocol.

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