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You’ll probably get away with most of these casino “taboos”, but that doesn’t mean you should. A casino environment posts very few social regulations, however, that doesn’t mean you want to go solo and be a jerk. Some of these may even apply to online casinos. For those gamblers who need to see it in print, here’s what you should do:
#1 If You’re Winning… Tip the Dealer. Those hard-working pit employees usually only make minimum wage from the casino- and the rest comes from your tips. There is no set amount you should tip, because that would vary from session to session, place to place. Let’s just say that a tip of 5 to 15% is not out of bounds. But if you’re one of these people who try to get even from a losing session 3 years ago by short-changing dealer tips… As my dog, Remy, would say... “Grrrrr.”
#2 Smile Once In Awhile. I know you’re losing. Welcome to the club. But why let that fact keep you from having a good time? There are plenty of great people working in a casino, so treat them with respect and smile once in awhile. I remember a woman who worked the cashier’s cage at The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. While cashing a few dollars, I struck up a friendly conversation with her. It became the high point of my trip. This lady was such a treat! (Thanks, Chris!) I wiped the scowl off my face and tried to communicate, and surprise, you would be amazed how that was appreciated on her side, too.
#3 Take The Dealer’s Advice. How many times have I seen people playing BJ: ask the dealer for advice; then go the other way and do the exact opposite? If you remember that a dealer makes a living on YOUR TIPS, you’ll be less inclined to think he is trying to give you the bum steer. You asked… so pay attention and do what he/she tells you.
#4 Take A Break. You’ve been losing pretty steady all night. I think it’s very OK for you to suck down some Martini’s and give gambling a rest. Why push it? Gambling has a way of ebbing and flowing. If you stand back, conserve your bankroll, and watch the sights, you’ll have more fun and last much longer.
#5 Don’t Gamble Right Away. You took a three-part flight from Tampa to Vegas. You’ve been jet-lagged into a mental stupor. You can barely answer the desk clerk’s questions at check in, but by god, you exclaim, “I’m ready to gamble!” No… You’re ready to catch some sleep. Obey Mother Nature. Let the gambling wait until you can count to 21 without making mistakes.
#6 If You Don’t Understand… Ask Questions. Nobody is born knowing the odds in Craps, or the best time to double-down in Blackjack. Since the dealers know you don’t know- stop posturing as if you’re James Bond at the Baccarat table. Floor managers and dealers are very willing to help you understand the games they run. Only when it’s a busy Saturday night will they sometimes (understandably) want you to “get on with it.” If you find yourself unable to understand, don’t play. Period.
#7 Don’t Hog The Machines. It’s a busy night in the casino. You’re looking for the Red, White and Blue dollar machine, and finally, after zigzagging all over the place you find it. Unfortunately, some lazy, somewhat eccentric person insists on playing three machines at a time. You’ve been given the evil eye to “stay away.” All I can say to that person is “Have some respect -and let other’s play, too!” Play one machine at a time, and then move on if the mood strikes you, but try not to stake out a whole row, OK?
And remember, there is a special place in Gambler Hell reserved for anybody breaking these casino taboos.
Jake Earl is a staff writer for TrueCasinoStories.com