Anyone who’s been frequenting casinos for quite some time will have noted a lot of changes over the years. From dress codes to door-staff attitudes to rules and regulations on who can take part, it’s a very different picture now than it was a while ago. Which means that give it a little more time and things might look quite different once again.
Which is why it’s always useful to familiarise yourself with a few pointers on casino etiquette, at the time you intend to get in on the action. Not if you’re an experienced pro of course – more for those who really don’t know what they’re doing.
So rather than printing an endless list of how you should behave, we’ll be taking a look at six things you should absolutely not be doing in a casino in 2017. That is, unless you don’t mind making a fool of yourself and/or being asked kindly to leave and never return.
Selfie Snapping First and foremost, it’s in your best interests to find out what the house policy is when it comes to photographs. In some instances, casinos won’t mind you’re taking a few private shots here and there. Especially if you happen to hit the jackpot, or spend a lot of money. However, you need to remember that many (if not most) of those in any given casino probably don’t want strangers taking picture after picture of them. Which is fair enough – it’s a pretty private affair. And it’s for this reason many casinos ban the use of all cameras across the board.
So for your own sake and that of everyone else’s, you might want to forget about the selfies and just enjoy the experience for what it is. Or if you absolutely have to take a photo, run it by the casino’s staff beforehand.
Blaming Others for Your Losses If you find yourself on the receiving end of a heavy loss, there are three parties you can choose to hold responsible. Those being yourself, the back-seat gamers or the house. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that only one of these parties can ever take full blame for your losses. Which is, you yourself. Contrary to popular belief, the house doesn’t cheat. The house always wins and always has an edge, but casinos are not in the habit of cheating customers. As for back-seat gamblers around you, nobody will ever force you to listen to the advice or instructions of anyone else. Which means that if you do, you do so entirely of your own accord. If it turns out to be bad advice, it is still you who makes the final decision and is therefore to blame.
Blaming anyone other than yourself for your losses not only outs you as a rank amateur, but also sours the mood for everyone else. So rather than taking everyone else on your downer with you, suck it up and accept it for what it is – your fault!
Telling Others What to Do Or if you want to fall into a trap that’s even worse than the above, spend your time telling other players what to do. Just because every casino has its resident contingency of back-seat gamblers doesn’t make them annoying and unwanted. Admittedly, most of those concerned genuinely believe that they know what they’re talking about. Which in turn means that they believe in the advice and instructions they offer. Nevertheless, even if you are 100% convinced that your advice is sound and well informed, it is still better to leave them alone. Not only is the whole thing infuriating for most gamblers, but you run the risk of finding yourself in the line of fire if things go wrong (see above).
Of course, it’s entirely different when you are gambling with a group of friends and somebody clearly needs or asks for advice. The rule of thumb therefore being unless advice is directly requested, don’t feel obliged to offer it!
Getting Too Casual Many casinos these days aren’t particularly fussy when it comes to the clientele they attract and accept. It’s no longer a case of smart dress and a sense of sophistication only – you can usually get in looking and acting anyway you choose. Nevertheless, cross the line once you’re inside and you could get yourself a one-way ticket out the backdoor. Which usually tends to be the result of a) drinking too much or b) getting too rowdy for any or no reason whatsoever. Try to remember that you are not the only person in the casino and nor do you have the right to act like a Grade-A pleb.
Common sense and general good manners go a long way in casinos across the board.
Getting Cheap Just because you’re having a run of bad luck doesn’t mean you need to take it out on those who have been serving you attentively all night. For obvious reasons, anyone in the midst of a winning streak would be expected to up the ante when it comes to tips and gratuities. Nevertheless, find your luck taking a dive in the opposite direction and this doesn’t mean you can start simply removing these gestures from the equation. You can, but it won’t be long before you’re expected to serve yourself. When it comes to tips, start as you mean to go on.
Questioning the Dealer Last but not least, if there’s one individual you should never question in the casino, it’s your dealer. The simple fact of the matter is that if the casino is in any way reputable, you can count on dealers doing their job flawlessly without exception. Plus, if a dealer was careless enough to make a mistake, it’s not as if it would go unnoticed by everyone else at the table. Questioning the dealer clarifies one of two things – you’re either a cocky know-it-all or a newbie with no idea what you’re talking about. In either case, hardly a positive thing.
So before even thinking about questioning the dealer, question your own justification for doing so and acknowledge the fact that there’s a thousand-to-one chance you’re actually right!