The Table and Layout

The Table and Layout


This is the table one will encounter at the American casinos. There are places for fifteen participants, and three dealers staff the game.

Players can sit in any seat they choose; the seating doesn’t affect the play at all. The only difference is in handling the shoe containing the eight decks of cards used in the game. Each participant has the right to “hold the shoe,” in which case he must bet bank while he does so, but any player may skip the shoe if he so desires.

A participant can be on either bank or player. If a bettor is in seat number 1, he makes a bank bet by putting his chips in the bank box marked “1.” If he decides to bet on player, he puts his chips just over the line of his box into the player area.

Dealer’s Duties

Three dealers are used to service the game. The dealer between positions 1 and 15 is known as the callman and he runs the game from a standing position. He receives all the cards, places them in the appropriate boxes, and then decides, according to the rigid rules of the game, whether any hand should stand or draw a card. After the final draw, he announces which hand has won.

After the winner is announced, the two other dealers, who remain seated throughout the game, pay off winning bets and collect the losing bets. If the winning wager was a bank bet, a record of the commission due on that wager is kept in the appropriate box area. If player 4, for example, had won a $100 bank bet, then he’d owe the casino a $5 commission, and a $5 marker would be placed in the box marked “4.”

The commissions aren’t collected immediately, but are due and payable after the eight decks in the shoe are depleted and before the cards are reshuffled for the next series of games. Commissions are also due when a player leaves the game.

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