What is a ‘Table’?
A ‘table’ is a playing surface used for card games and for casino games such as craps and roulette. The table is a flat surface, usually covered with felt or baize, around which the players can sit or stand. Bets are placed on the table, and all action takes place on the table in full view of the other players and the dealer.
In the casino, there are lots of different games which can be described as ‘table games‘. This means that the games are played using a special table designed just for that game. Table games include card games like poker and blackjack, as well as dice and wheel games such as craps and roulette. Players enter a game by sitting (or standing) at the table and by placing their bets on that table, in accordance with the rules of the game.
Casino game tables are often covered in a smooth, friction-free material such as felt, which is designed to make it easy to move chips and cards around. Most tables are marked with areas related to that game, into which the bets are made. For example, a roulette table is covered with a grid of numbers, along with additional spaces for the side bets and group bets. Players put their bet on their prediction, such as on a single number, and if they win, the bet is paid out.
Bets on the table tend to stand, meaning that if a bet has been placed it must play out. However, players can also put cash down on the table if they want to make a change with the dealer, as long as they clearly state this intention. Most tables are open to whoever wants to join the game, though some – especially poker – will have a waiting list. Tables are often designated different minimum and maximum bets so that players can play at a level that suits them.