How To Play
While you are gambling, it will benefit you to be an upstanding patron—even when you’re losing. Dealers will be nicer to you, cocktail waitresses will be more attentive, and the other players will definitely appreciate it. If you’re really nice, you may even have dealers offer advice, cocktail waitresses bring stiffer drinks, and enjoy laughs with the other players. If you can’t lose a little money and still be kind, it’s probaby best not to play.
In addition, there are some basic casino etiquette rules that you should follow:
- Never sit at a table unless you’re going to play, you are occupying a seat that someone else could use to gamble.
- Wait until the hand is over before you sit at a table.
- Never take out your phone while sitting at a table. Photos are frowned upon and phone conversations are distracting.
- Listen to the dealer. It’s always a good rule of thumb to listen to the dealer as they are directing the passage of play.
- Don’t touch your bet once you’ve placed it and the hand/spin/etc. has been dealt.
- Only touch your cards with one hand.
- Don’t touch your winnings until the dealer has counted them out in front of you and pushed them toward you.
- Never stall the game to act like a hotshot (i.e. blowing on dice, jumping around, arguing, yelling, etc).
- Tip your dealer. It is epected that you leave a small gratuity for the dealer; you can do so either by handing them a chip and clearly saying “This is for you,” or by placing a bet for them.
- Tip your cocktail waitresses with each drink.
You still may not go home a winner but if you follow these rules, but you won’t get into trouble and you’re guaranteed to have a much better time.
Problem gambling is a serious issue, and gambling addiction is very real. If you think that you or someone you know may be gambling to cope with emotional or financial distress, who gambles until their money is all gone, or who gambles without an understanding of their personal liability or the impact it has on their family, please don’t hesitate to contact the free 24-Hour Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-888-777-9696. Their certified counselors are available at any time to help, in a safe and completely confidential forum.