During the first few months of learning and playing the game, I’ve made a few personal observations: Don’t be afraid to play just because you haven’t played before. Everyone was new at one time. Learn basic strategy and/or get a basic strategy card. It’s worth your time/effort/money. The difference between a good session and a bad session, for me, depends greatly on the winning/losing percentage of my double downs and splits. Just one person tipping at a table can get most, if not all, of the table tipping. I dislike the fact that tips are pooled at both local casinos that I frequent the most. Some dealers go the extra mile to make sure your experience is a good one. Some don’t. Playing alongside some players is a great and entertaining experience. Relatively few are unpleasant. Most will play quietly and respectfully. Please feel free to add your observations.