The Ins and Outs of Casino Hand Gestures

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BetMGM Oct 20, 2021, 8:08 AM

Fans of online casino games will be aware of just how simple it is to play casino games online. The automatic features of online games means that most players don’t have to learn the same casino etiquette, such as hand gestures, that they would if they were playing casino table games in an actual casino. 

However, the rise of live casino games and the use of technology like AR and VR have made it important to learn these integral parts of the game. Besides, you never know when you’ll have to use these skills at a brick-and-mortar casino in the future.

We’re going to take a look at the ins and outs of hand gestures used in the most popular table games: blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette.

Blackjack hand signals

Blackjack, also sometimes referred to as 21, is one of the most popular table games on casino floors and in online casinos, and for good reason. Firstly, it is a fun and entertaining game to play, but it is also incredibly easy to learn. So it’s an excellent choice for beginners. Blackjack also has one of the lowest house edges on the casino floor, which gives players a better chance of winning than some other games.

Of course, like any other game, when you play blackjack at a casino, it’s essential that you know the casino table rules and how to play it. One of the crucial aspects of blackjack is understanding and learning the variety of hand signals that are used in the game.

Let’s take a look at the most common blackjack hand gestures and when you should use them.


A hit is when you request another card from the dealer. If you’re holding your cards, then you can simply scrape them on the table to ask for another card. If your cards are face-up, however, then you can either touch your finger on the table or use your hand to wave towards yourself; this indicates that the dealer should give you another card.


To stand means that you want to stick or stay with the cards that you have and that you don’t need another one. You can indicate that you want to stand by simply waving one of your hands over your cards.

Double down

When you double down, you are doubling your initial bet, and you will receive one more card from the dealer. This means that you have your two initial cards and the extra one. The way to signal that you want to double down is to simply place the extra chips next to your initial bet.

Split a pair

This is when you split your initial two cards you are dealt, but it can only be done if they have the same value as each other. If you would like to split two same-value cards, all you have to do is place another bet with the same value, but put your chips down in an area away from the original betting box and hold up your index and middle finger.

Poker hand signals

Online poker is easily one of the most played games. It’s challenging, it’s fun, and it comes in a whole range of different types, which means players will never get bored. While an online casino does most of the work for online games, in-person casino poker games are a whole different scenario. To play poker and to play it well, you simply have to know the hand gestures for the game.

Here are the most common:


When you fold in poker, it means that you are conceding the game and have no more interest in the current pot. To show that you want to fold, all you have to do is place your cards face down on the table.


To call simply means that you are willing to match a bet or a raise. To do this, you must place a stack of chips in the middle of the table that matches the value of the other players’ stack.


When you raise in poker, you are increasing the size of an existing bet in the same betting round. To do this, you must first place chips equal to the current bet down and then add the amount that you wish to increase it by.


If you want to pass the play onto the next player but keep your current cards, then you will have to check. To do this, all you have to do is make sure no other player has bet or raised in the round and then simply tap the table.


If you are opening the betting, then you need to place down the value of chips that you would like to bet in the middle of the table and wait for the other players to call or raise your bet.

Craps hand signals

Craps doesn’t rely on hand gestures as much as poker or blackjack do, but there are still a few hand signals and etiquette that you should be aware of.

Rolling the dice

Although not necessarily a hand signal, it’s important to know that you must always handle and throw the dice with one hand only.

Passing right

You don’t always have to roll the dice; for some rounds you can pass the dice on to the player on your right. To do this, simply open your hand with the dice in your palm and indicate them towards the player to the right of you.

Hands high

During a craps game, the dealer could call “hands high” or “the dice are out.” This means that all players must lift their hands off of the table to ensure they are not interfering with play. 

Roulette hand gestures

Roulette is similar to craps in that the gameplay itself doesn’t rely on hand signals. However, it’s important to be aware of the following to ensure that you play the game correctly:

No more bets

The dealer will signal that no more bets can be placed by raising a hand horizontally over the table.

Hands away

Players must keep their hands off of the table until the dealer has removed all losing bets.

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