How to Behave in a Land-based Casino
Going out to a casino is a lot like going to any other entertainment venue. Tons of people are there for the fun and entertainment. Yet, there is more to be aware of in a casino environment. Players tend to take table games seriously.
Each casino has its own rules, and there is subtle etiquette to be aware of when it comes to how to behave.
Follow Casino Rules
Not every casino has the same rules and policies. Some aim to target the going-out crowd. They may have bands and loud music, sports bars, restaurants and a laid-back atmosphere. Others aim for a more upmarket feel.
They may still have an array of entertainment options, but stricter dress codes and less tolerance when it comes to bad behaviour.
If you want to be sure, look up the casino before you visit. See if they have a dress code, such as whether trainers and t-shirts are allowed, or whether you need to wear shirts (or even tuxedos and evening dresses). In most casinos around the world, you will need ID for entry, for a number of reasons, and may need to sign up.
Casinos tend to be quite relaxed when it comes to enforcing their policy. They want you to be inside the doors, gaming, having fun and spending money. Break the rules, however, and you could risk getting suspended.
One major rule to remember is not to use your smartphone when playing table games such as blackjack or poker. If you do it a lot, you may find that you face a visit from security.
The reason for this is that the casino managers may think that you aren’t playing fair. You could be using apps to scan cards or gain extra information, or could be colluding with other players to gain an edge. If you get a phone call or text, just leave the table for a moment and then return.
Respect and Manners
Some casinos have more like a nightclub or bar-type atmosphere, especially at the weekend, but they are not places to behave like a lout. There are serious players and a lot of money around, and the environment is still centred around gaming.
You may have to be pretty loutish to get kicked out, but being loud and annoying anywhere near a table game is not going to make you popular. Other players won’t be happy. Be nice, stay within your own limits, and exercise proper manners to players and staff alike. There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of chat or banter, or using smart terminology for the casino sector to look like a wise guy, but just keep it friendly.
Playing Table Games
Machine games are easy enough. You sit down at a vacant gaming machine, place your bet and learn the game. Many casinos have slots, video poker and other games like video roulette. This can be a good opportunity to learn the games before sitting down at the actual tables.
When playing a more complex game, like blackjack or poker, it’s better to know at least the basics before entering even a medium-stakes game at the casino. Unfortunately, if you don’t know the hands or how to make bets, it will disrupt the flow of the game for other players.
If you need help, you can talk to the casino floor managers or croupiers. They will probably be happy to show you the game for free and let you practice for a few rounds before joining the real money table. Another good way to practice is to play the games for free online first.
Online casinos obviously don’t have the same etiquette as brick-and-mortar casinos. You are in your own zone, playing online or on mobile, so it’s more your own rules. Still, the casino site will have its own rules and regulations to follow.
Even when playing casino games online, you still need to stay within your limits, be respectful on the chat, and, if playing live casino games, be respectful to the dealers, too.