No matter if you are a slot lover or a table games devotee, we are sure that you have noticed people in the casinos that you’ve been at, that behave in a certain way. If you want to be accepted as a serious gambler (and yes, such a thing definitely exists) and not just some newbie that wants to spin the wheel, you will have to learn to behave properly and to follow the casino etiquette, no matter if you are on the blackjack table or on the roulette one.
General Casino Rules and Gambling Etiquette
Hypothetically, you could enter a casino for the first time, all by yourself, and behave in such a way that no one notices you’re a newbie. Yet, it is highly unlikely. Admittedly, brick and mortar casinos are a bit daunting the first couple of visits. Besides, there are some unwritten rules on how to behave and when someone breaks them, they look as if they don’t belong. To make things easier on yourself, have a look at the following points, which underline the most important rules of casino etiquette:
- Be polite. You’re there to have fun and, if you aren’t succeeding, you shouldn’t take it out on the casino staff or the other players.
- Don’t give money to the dealer. Instead, put it on the table. He’ll take it and hand you the respective number of chips.
- You’d like a drink? There’s no need to go to the bar. Signal the host or hostess and they’ll bring you drinks, some of which will be on the house. Make sure you tip your waiter or waitress and they’ll keep coming back. But don’t put the drinks on the table.
- Don’t use your phone at the table. If you need to talk or text, step away from the table.
- Don’t take too much time making a decision. Respect the other players at the table and of the dealer.
- Don’t touch your chips once you place them on the table. There’s no changing your mind at the last minute – that’s cheating.
- Don’t sit at a table if you aren’t going to bet. If you’d like to watch a friend play, stand behind them. Seats are for players only.
- Tipping is not mandatory, though it would be appreciated. How much you’re going to tip is subjective – you can tip as little or as much as you wish but there are certain norms, so it would be wise to pay attention to what’s going on at your table. For example, at US poker tournaments a standard tip is 3%.
All of these tips, we must say, are simply a quite basic gambling etiquette. Don’t imagine that you will magically turn into a James Bond or Daniel Ocean. Still, they will help you a lot. The dealers will have no reasons to hate you and, trust us on this one, you will have a much better experience!
Casino Tipping Etiquette
One of the very first things that players preoccupy about is the tipping. When it comes to casino tipping etiquette, there is no rounded number that you necessarily must give to the dealer. Usually, it depends on several factors. Like for example, the limits on the table on which you are sitting. If you are playing with £5 to £50, no one expects you to tip the dealer with £50. But if you are all the way up to the high-roller tables and you play with £500-£5000 per hand, it will be just ridiculous to leave a pound. For the United Kingdom, it is accepted that you give around 10-15% of the amount of your buy-in.
Roulette is easy to play and it’s probably the next thing after slot machines a newbie should try when it comes to simplicity. Yet, even if you just want to place a single wager on a straight number, you might hit a wall if you aren’t aware of some basic rules. Imagine you choose a busy table with a crowd of experienced players and there you are not sure what you are doing at all. Here are our tips for when you approach the roulette table and you want to follow the gambling etiquette:
- Ask for roulette chips on joining the table – these are special chips that are not coloured according to their value. The colour is used simply to differentiate between the chips of different players.
- Put your chips down in a neat pile when placing a stake. Don’t throw them! If you can’t reach the spot, ask the dealer to place them for you.
- Cash in your chips before leaving the table. You can’t use roulette chips elsewhere in the casino.
Everybody loves blackjack – it’s the world’s favourite casino game. Besides, thanks to the many movies and movie scenes we’ve seen, many people think they know how to play it, what to do, and what not to do. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and sometimes movies portray things deliberately (or not) wrong. We aren’t going to go into detail about it but here are just a few pointers when you’re looking for a game of 21 and the blackjack table etiquette you must follow:
- Ask if you may join the table. That’s common courtesy. It might not matter to you but a new player joining the table may prove a turning point in the otherwise rewarding game of the other players at the table.
- Learn the correct hand gestures to signal the dealer if you want another card or if you’d like to pass. A misunderstanding might lead to a losing hand for you and, if that happens, it would be your own fault.
- Touch your cards only when appropriate. At many casinos, you aren’t allowed to touch the cards, it is a basic blackjack etiquette rule, while in others you may touch certain cards in certain situations. For example, when choosing to double down, you may be allowed to split the cards yourself or you may have to simply place two separate bets and thus let the dealer know your intentions.
Craps is especially popular with parties. One of the reasons for that is the fact that, unlike other games, it encourages socialising and allows for a lot of interaction. If in other games you aren’t allowed to touch anything on the table and are required to keep your opinion to yourself, here players get to be a shooter – and sometimes if you help someone win big while throwing the dice, they might even give you a tip – and, also, they get to encourage one another by cheering and commiserating respectively. Still, there is a proper casino etiquette for the game which you must try to follow.
- Decide how much you want to buy in for beforehand and don’t waste the time of everyone at that table.
- Make your bet while the dice are in the middle, not when they’re in the hand of the shooter because that’s a late bet.
- Don’t stick your hands out while the dice are in the air because if the dice hit your hands, that would count as a bad throw.
Poker is a straightforward game, which is played best when people show no emotions, hence the poker-inspired idiom poker face. But while bluffing is an important part of this card game, it is namely at the poker table that some people choose to make a scene – discuss their hand, make assumptions as to other players’ hands, give unwanted advice, etc. You’ve got a good hand or you’ve just snatched the pot and you want to gloat? Not very classy. But there’s more. Let’s have a look.
- Don’t splash the pot, i.e. don’t throw your chips into the pot when you bet, call or raise, because it confuses the other players and the dealer. Rather, put your chips in a neat stack in front of you.
- Don’t discuss a hand or react to it while the game is still on and don’t reveal your hand even after you’re out. That may even be considered a fraud.
- Don’t take your time once your hand has been called. That’s called a slow roll and is an example of unsportsmanlike behaviour. Whether you are sure you have the winning hand or not, just table it.
The Live Casino
Now, compared to traditional land-based casinos, the live casino is fairly free of rules. After all, you’re at home, fully anonymous to other players and the dealers, though the casino has a record of who you are and your bank details, so don’t forget that. Besides, at online casinos, you can get amazing bonuses. For your convenience, most of the rules of good behaviour we have mentioned are not applicable. For example, you couldn’t touch the cards even if you wanted to. What’s more, you can’t splash the pot at poker or place your chips in the wrong place at roulette. Moreover, you cannot be either too early or too late to place a wager, simply because those would not be accepted by the system. Also, you can react to your hand and be as loud as you like – but that’s only in your own home.
However, don’t transfer those emotions to the chat window, which is made available by most live platform providers. Though you’re anonymous, remember your good manners and don’t take advantage of the fact that the dealer is there at work and they have to read whatever stupid thing you’d decide to post in the chat. Don’t be rude and, by all means, don’t use swear words – you’d be amazed at the obscenities that can be seen at some of the games’ chats.
It is also simply unpolite to constantly write, occupying both the dealer and the other players. Don’t write in capital letters only – that’s rude and is usually accepted as ‘text screaming’, let’s say. And always remember that the dealers have no control over the cards that are coming your way, just like in a regular brick and mortar venue, therefore you must not blame them or take it out on them. The rules are pretty simple and basic and, according to all of us (a bunch of experienced gamblers), it is just about good education while playing.