Casino Etiquette, Or How To Behave At The Casino
This article is for anyone who has never played a table game at the casino; it will introduce you to the basics of casino gaming.
Know that the dealer will always be happy to show you how to play. The casinos also organize every day, at certain times, introductions to the various casino games, a sort of owner’s tour where the rules will be explained. Some go so far as to organize game tables with fake chips where beginners can practice before going to play for real money. If none of these options exist, a good solution is to learn about casino games (in addition to reading our files on the different games!) and watch players play without taking part in the game.
Here are some tips to help you integrate well at a gaming table:
learn the rules before sitting down at a gaming table and only
Buy or cash chips between each hand. If you sit at a table while a hand is playing, wait until it concludes before buying chips.
In some games (in blackjack, for example), the cards are dealt face-up, i.e., their value is visible: in this case, never touch the cards.
If you must touch the cards, touch them with one hand.
Do not abuse the cards: no marks, no folded cards, no drink spilled on the cards, etc. Dealers are trained to check the state of cards; otherwise, it would be so easy to cheat by scoring important cards, like aces, for example.
Don’t touch your bet once the first card is dealt, wait for the hand to end.
Don’t drink too much, keep your mind clear…
In blackjack, don’t blame a player for playing in one way or another. Another: he plays his hand; it is not he who will “save” the table.
Don’t ask the dealer for advice: they don’t want to be held responsible if you follow their advice and lose. In general, they will answer you vaguely if you ask them this type of question.
Don’t beg, don’t beg for mercy if you have a bad hand; it happens to everyone.
Don’t waste time at the table; play when your turn comes.
The tips are left to your free will, whether you win or lose. Be aware, however, that a large part of the dealer’s salary comes from tips. The croupier is there to liven up your table, you can play in silence without any added service or benefit from a more friendly atmosphere: a small tip with each hand, or from time to time, will do your gaming experience a lot of good and to the atmosphere at the table!
In slot machines and video poker, a tip of 0.5% to 1% of the jackpot will be more than appreciated.
Most games, especially blackjack, involve hand gestures to signify how to play, so learn them before you sit down at a table: tapping the table means asking for a new card, wave your hand horizontally over the table to stay, and place your second bet next to the original bet when doubling or calling. Lift one finger to double, two fingers to share.