A Guide To Casino Etiquette

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  • By Lauren Chassebi
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If you’re used to playing at online casinos, you may not know all of the rules when it comes to visiting land-based casinos. They can often seem like very confusing places, where everyone else in the room appears to know what they’re doing except you.

Rules vary from casino to casino, but there are a few etiquette guidelines that are worth learning before you go to keep you on the good side of other players, the dealers and will help you to have the best night possible.

What to wear

Not all casinos follow the exact same dress code, so it’s worth reading up on the rules of the specific one you’re visiting to avoid turning up in sandals while everyone else is wearing suits.

Many of the bigger casinos in Las Vegas now have a very relaxed dress code to accommodate holiday guests which means it’s often acceptable to turn up wearing whatever you like.

Other casinos, however, do have a much stricter dress code, and some even go as far as being black tie only. 

It really depends on the type of casino which you’re going to and the area which you’re in.

If you’re unsure, it's best to avoid items of clothing such as trainers or tracksuits and opt to wear something smart casual. This will ensure that you don’t get turned away at the door before your night even begins!

No phones allowed

This may seem like a strange one, but talking loudly on your phone in the middle of a casino could be very distracting to other players around you who are trying to focus on games.

Looking at your phone is also not allowed if you’re playing at one of the tables, as the use of an electronic could be seen as cheating.

It’s best to leave your phone on silent in your pocket and spend a couple of hours unplugged while you’re in the casino.

You can always text your friends about your winnings on your way home!

Be careful with your drink

Most casinos do have their own bar, however, this isn’t the best place to be piling up the drinks. Don’t let drinking too much ruin your night or the night of other players around you, and be careful placing bets if you’ve had a few too many.

Winners etiquette

We all know what a great feeling it can be when the odds are in your favour and you get a big win. When you’re playing online, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your wins, but if you’re in a land-based casino, it’s wise to avoid the loud cheers which could distract or irritate other players.

On the same note, if you’re starting to lose, don’t be the person at the table who starts arguing with other players or getting angry.

Casino games should be fun and friendly, and so keeping any outbursts to yourself will help to make sure that you and the other players around you all have the best game possible.

Joining games

One thing that can be confusing when you’re in a casino is knowing when it’s okay for you to step in and join a game. For most games, the best thing to do is approach the table and ask the dealer or other players if you can join.

This is seen as polite and means that you won’t be jumping into a game and potentially affecting the bets of the other players.

If you’re new to a game or aren’t sure on all of the rules of play, you may want to consider whether the table you’re at is the best place for you.

Other players at the table may get irritated if you’re unsure what you’re doing and it’s not considered the best etiquette to ask the dealer how to play.

If you want to learn a new game, a casino is definitely a good place for this, however, it’s probably best to head to a quieter table where you can play against the dealer.

Tipping

In some countries, it’s seen as polite to tip the dealer when you leave the table, especially if you’ve just had a win. Tipping culture isn’t a huge thing in the UK, however, it is still acceptable to leave the dealer with a few pounds if you’re feeling kind.

It’s worth remembering if you’re visiting a casino in another area of the world such as America or Europe, tipping is much more expected than it is in the UK, and you may be expected to tip after each game.

If you remember these few tips, you’ll be ready to head out to the casino and start counting your winnings!