One thing I hear from friends on a regular basis is that they often feel overwhelmed playing blackjack or almost any table game live in a casino since they are afraid that they will make a mistake that will embarass themselves, or worse, make someone at the table get upset with them. My guidance is that unless they are being an a-hole and the mistakes they make are honest rather than malicious the dealer and other players will usually cut them slack. The approach that I appreciate most when less experienced players join my table is to have them ask the dealer and tablemates for advice when they are uncertain about a situation. Nothing is more frustrating than an inexperienced player who makes a bad move that tanks the entire hand for the table rather than swallowing their pride and asking for advice.
To get started there are a few simple things to remember:
1) Don’t touch the cards unless you are at a single deck table where they deal face down
2) Feel free to ask the dealer or other players their opinion or advice
3) Take a minute to understand the table rules before you sit
4) Don’t sit at third base – the last seat to players left – unless you are comfortable with people second-guessing every play you make
5) Ask the players if you may join them or if you should wait until the next shoe
6) Don’t enter a game if everyone is on a roll without asking first
7) TIP your dealer and drink server – I usually play between a $2-10 bet for dealer after a blackjack or major split/double win
8) If the players look like boring jerks choose another table
9) If you smile and have fun even the biggest a-hole will usually not get too upset with a couple of bad plays
10) Cheer for other players to win even if you lose the hand
11) HAVE FUN!
Let me know if you have any other advice for new players to make their experience better