The dealer will not give you any cards until you have put a wager in the betting box in front of you. You are not allowed to touch your bet after the cards have been dealt. Once the hand is over, and the dealer has paid the winners, you can remove your chips and place another bet.
Sometimes, when you first sit down, a dealer will not deal you a hand until after a next shuffle. This is done to thwart back counters. A back counter is a card counter who loiters near a blackjack table keeping track of the count without actually playing. When the count turns favorable, he takes a seat and bets heavily. Casinos don’t like card counters, and they especially hate back counters.
CSMs were especifically designed to foil all card counters, so you can always sit down at a CSM table and begin playing right away. Since you will be a basic strategy player, CSM table is a suitable for you as a conventional multiple the game.