dealers are used to service the games. The dealer
between positions 1 and 15 is known as the call man
and he runs the games 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 games, whether any hand should stand or draw
a card. After the final draw, he announces which hand
After the winner is announced, the two other dealers,
who remain seated throughout the games, 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 games.
a stupidity check to ensure that your hand is either
the absolute nuts or a statistical certainty, to win.
Without giving up too many tells, reexamine all the
up cards, recheck your cards if you have to, and make
sure you aren't missing anything. If there are more
cards to come, make sure you know what cards, if any,
could spoil your hand. Misevaluating a made hand as
a locked hand, especially before the cards are done
being dealt, is one of the most demoralizing mistakes
made by inexperienced players.