If you have ever taken a stroll through a gaming facility to place a bet or casually place coins in a slot machine in hopes of winning big, you understand that there are certain behaviors that are acceptable and others that are not. Understanding how to conduct yourself while engaging in casino-style gaming can help keep the atmosphere light and enjoyable and remove the potential for missteps and misunderstandings.
Acting like you have been there before can be accomplished by observing some simple words of advice and rules for proper gambling etiquette. These rules include knowing how to appropriately join a gaming table, allowing other players room to place bets, and staying away from slot machines that have evidence of another player’s presence (coin cups left in front of a machine, for instance).
Joining a Table
If you enter an area with gaming tables for roulette, craps, blackjack or poker and see that a game is currently in progress, wait until the game has completed before approaching the table. Many gamblers have certain superstitions and rituals that they need to observe and the distraction of a new player approaching mid-play could create unneeded tension. Additionally it may be considered rude to simply approach a table without being asked; waiting for the appropriate opportunity (which will be made evident by the table boss) will show that you have respect for the players already assembled and allow you to blend into the game with little disruption.
If you are required to exchange your money at the table before the beginning play, lay your bills face down and leave the bills in order for them to be seen and collected. You are probably aware that most gaming facilities photograph and videotape everything that goes on in the casino or gaming parlor. The easiest way to become a target of enhanced scrutiny and unwanted attention is by failing to follow the rules and creating a distraction.
Leaving Room for other Players
Although the table area may be full of players and excited onlookers, be cognizant of your spacing relative to other players. You do not want to be so close to an active shooter, for example, in mid dice throw or be the cause for play disruption because other players are unable to freely enter or exit the table. If you feel crowded or boxed in by a player and his or her “entourage,” kindly ask if they would mind sliding over a bit. You may be surprised by the response you receive when you address others with kind words and simple gestures.
Stay Away from Machines with Evidence of Another Player’s Presence
Maybe the thought of playing at the tables intimidates you and you would rather try your luck with the one-armed bandit (or, the slot machine). Many seasoned slot players leave their coin cups near a machine that they feel is lucky or hot. A rule of thumb while attempting to play slots: when you see the coins or evidence of another player in front of the machine, be courteous and move on to the next open one.
One additional word of advice: tip those who are providing you with service. A gaming chip to your dealer, or a buck or two toward a waitress and valet parker, can go a long way in enhancing your experience.