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How to Deal Blackjack
Taking and Paying Bets
           The “Take & Pay Procedure” will be performed many times per shift whenever a dealer wins or loses. Always make sure to start at the bet furthest to the right and go to the left; compare the player’s cards to your cards, one at a time, before moving on to the next hand. Always relook at the players cards and mentally double-check to make sure that you counted right.
If the player loses
           Take the money first, as many cheques as you can hold, then put them in your rack. After all of the bets have been gone through, pick up the cards. Sort the cheques out after you have put the cards in the discard rack. Never sort through the cheques on the table.
If the player wins
           Pay the bet first. There are 2 different ways of paying the bet. The simplest way is called “Color for Color” or you can “Convert”. Pay all bets in the circle; payoffs must touch all winning wagers. Double downs and splits may be paid outside the circle for clarity. After all of the bets have been gone through, pick up the cards.
Color for Color
           This term means you pay a uniform stack of cheques, with the same color and same amount of cheques. Never touch or mess with the players cheques if you are paying “Color for Color”. There are times when paying “Color for Color” is inappropriate. One of those times is when the player already has a large stack or multiple stacks of the same color. This is a time where you want to “Convert”. If you have a choice of “Color for Color” or “Conversions” then you want to go with “Color for Color”. This is the preferred choice for break-in dealers.

           Never throw or slide the cheques at the player. Never leave part of a payoff with a player, if an incorrect amount is paid, bring the entire payoff back to the tray and then come back with the correct amount. When making payoffs; do not pass cheques from one hand to the other. All payoffs must be made on the side of the bet. Never pay behind the bet and never pay on top of the cards. Only touch the players bet to straighten the stack out before you start dealing, read a bet that is over 5 cheques, or break down a multi-color bet.
Converting Cheques
           This is a term used when a player has multiple cheques of the same color and the dealer wants to pay that bet with a larger denomination. Make sure you are comfortable before you try conversions, and convert only when necessary. It’s not a good idea to try this if you’re not comfortable with it. For example, if you give the player $50 but forget to take back $10, you would be giving him a larger payoff which makes it look like your cheating, and you could get you fired.

           Do not convert a player into $500 denominations or above without the consent of the floor. When is it appropriate to convert? When the dealers rack is very low on one denomination and you are waiting for a fill; when the player is betting more than 5 cheques of one color; and when the player has a large amount of one color cheques.
Dirty Money
           This a term used for cheques that have previously been in play and have lost. Never pay a bet with dirty money. Instead, put the dirty money in a tube in your rack and then pay with “clean money” which is cheques taken out of the rack that hasn’t been used in this hand. This helps too if there is ever a problem with a bet. The floormen knows what direction you pick up the money and since the highest amount is on bottom a floormen knows which bet is who’s without having to call the cameras.
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