I headed off to Cripple Creek, CO this weekend in order to sample the new atmosphere created with high stakes gambling limits. As I walked through the Double Eagle, I noticed that it was crowded around the tables. Just standing there observing the play and interaction occurring between the players at the tables. While the typical irritation between smokers and nonsmokers is gone (Colorado having gone to a no-smoking state), other things remained ฮอลิเดย์พาเลซ.
The casinos are there for your pleasure but that must be tempered with the realization that we all have to get along. I watched one little old lady commandeer three slot machines and snarl at anyone who got close. This is unfortunate because she got extremely nasty with a couple just looking for a place to play.
Here are my suggestions for those gamblers looking to have fun while knowing what the rules of etiquette for casinos. Follow these ten tips and you will never go wrong.
1. At slot machines or video poker games, restrict yourself to one machine at a time during active periods. Even when it’s not busy overall, set yourself to one machine when a bank of popular machines fills up. Casinos don’t place high payout slots side by side to each other in a group. You will end up losing too much money (this will be a topic in another post).
2. Whether at the tables or at the slots, if you are taking a break, make it short or give up your spot. Taking a bathroom break or taking a walk to stretch your legs for a few moments is fine. Signal that you’ll be returning by turning a coin cup upside down on the machine or chair, angling the chair up against the machine or leaving your coat or sweater draped over the chair. But if you’re going to lunch or to play another game, free up your spot. If you’re going to be gone for more than a few minutes, it’s not fair to other players or to the casino to tie up the game.
3. In roulette, wait until the dealer lifts the marker off the previous winning number before beginning to make bets on the following spin. Until that marker comes off the layout, the dealer is paying off bets from the previous spin and wants no mix-up over what is an outstanding bet and what is a fresh wager.
4. In craps, when you are the shooter, cast so that the dice hit the back wall of the table. That’s required to assure random rolls.
5. At blackjack, if you’re playing a game in which your cards are dealt face up, do not touch them. In the not-too-distant past, casinos used to teach dealers to smack the hands of players who moved the cards. Things are more player-friendly nowadays, but the rule remains. In games dealt face down, the situation is different. In those games, you pick up your cards.