What is Casing the Layout?
Casing the layout refers to looking briefly at the wagers on the table before beginning to deal the cards in a game of blackjack. Put simply, casing the layout is simply another way of describe the initial checks that the dealer makes before beginning gameplay, regarding players, bets, and the overall “layout” of the table.
‘Casing the Layout’ Explained
After casing the layout, the dealer has a few courtesies they must abide by. For example, they need to take note of the bets placed and check any caps or pinches. They must also check in with the players still at the table regarding whether or not they will be betting for this round.
This is particularly important if they have been betting on every hand but suddenly, as the next round begins to take shape, there is no bet in their circle. It is the dealer’s responsibility as part of casing the layout to check these elements.
A key action involved in casing the layout is calling checks play to the person in charge of the gaming tables, or the pit boss. This action simply notifies the pit boss that a player has staked a considerably large wager – for example, placing several black $100 chips in their circle during a game of blackjack.
The most important part of casing the layout is making sure all the bets are in order and as they should be. This includes checking that caps and limits have been adhered to, that all players at the table and wishing to play have placed their bets, and that large bets have been relayed to the pit boss.
Casing the layout is a very important part of the dealer’s role, because they must keep on top of all bets placed and players playing the round, as well as any bets above a certain value. They must be able to account for all black chips (because of their high value), and are often required to make verbal declarations when dealing with black chip bets or payouts.