Basic and Advanced Hand Signals Commonly Used in Blackjack
While you can simply call out your plays by saying “hit me” or “I’ll stand,” there are universal hand signals in 21 that casino dealers will read as your official play. Make sure not to fool around with your hands if you aren’t using these signals lest you mistakenly signal a play you don’t mean to make.
“Hit” Hand Signal
To signal a hit, simply tap twice behind your cards.
“Stand” Hand Signal
If you want to stand, wave your hand horizontally over your cards.
“Split” Hand Signal
To split a pair, make a triangle with your index and middle fingers behind your cards.
Signaling That You Want To “Double Down”
Since a double down requires an extra bet, placing the additional chips next to your opening bet will signal your intentions. The double-down card is placed horizontally on your other cards to signal that your turn is over.
Signaling A “Surrender”
Surrendering is sometimes signaled by lightly scratching your index finger horizontally across the felt in front of your cards. However, this is not a universal signal, so it’s best to vocally declare a surrender to make sure the dealer doesn’t mistake it for a hit signal.