Whether it’s your first visit to the casino, you’re weekly session or returning for the first time during the pandemic, NETimeGambling has suggestions for you. So, here are 15 Casino Dos and Donts for the Recreational Gambler.
Bankroll, Game Rules, and Rewards Club
1) DO – Only Bring the Amount of Money Are Able to Lose.
Yes, that’s right; lose. Know your Bankroll. Approach it as money spent on entertainment. If you’re not an Advantage Player looking to make a living, it’s recreation.
2) DO – Know the rules of the games you might play.
Prepare yourself for the rules of table games. Watch some slot tutorials on YouTube. And above all, visit the Wizard of Odds website. Then, get an app on your smartphone or tablet and play a little before you go.
3) DO – Enjoy All That the Casino Experience Has to Offer
You can spend time dining, shopping, watching live entertainment, or just watching the parade of people while enjoying a snack. Take a break and enjoy the atmosphere. Gambling isn’t the only thing to make your trip enjoyable and productive.
4) DO – Sign Up For a Rewards Card.
Casino Rewards Cards are free. This gives the casino staff a chance to see your wagering. In addition, Freebies, or “comps,” may be sent to you or earned as you play. Free slot play or points for dining are just some of the perks.
Rewards clubs have different levels. If you play enough to raise your level of play, you may be able to enjoy free concert tickets, special parking, or an entrance to a VIP lounge.
But, DO NOT PLAY MORE TO RAISE YOUR LEVEL! ALWAYS gamble to what your bankroll allows!
5) DO – Be Content With Small Wins.
Breaking even in casinos is often considered a win. However, if you do win, imagine a stopping point so you can leave with some of your winnings.
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6) DO – Check For Deals and Promotions On-line
Follow us, NETimeGambling.com. We list news and promotions every few weeks for New England casinos through our newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook. And, always check out the casino’s website before you leave. Casino websites offer daily promotions and keep track of your personal offers.
7) DON’T Believe in Superstitions and Myths
“Hot Machines” don’t exist. It’s only a brief human perception in the long life of a slot machine. So don’t be fooled, believing, “I’m due for a win!” Every bet made is a single entity and has no connection to previous events.
Understand what an RNG (Random Number Generator) does. Now, repeat after me, “The House has the advantage.” Now go out there and enjoy it, win or lose.
And don’t believe everything on the internet. Facebook communities can be a lot of fun and share useful information, but beware of those suggestions born from gut decisions or small sample sizes.
Be Aware Of the Little Things
8) DON’T Drink Alcohol Irresponsibly While Gambling.
Free drinks have been a mainstay that casino gamblers look forward to. However, we all know alcohol changes your ability to make decisions. Excessive alcohol will inevitably cause you to accept losing beyond a “healthy situation.” As a result, bankroll and Strategy will suffer.
9) DON’T FORGET – Remember Casino Chips ARE money.
Casinos convert your cash into chips at the tables. Unfortunately, we sometimes lose the sense that this is real money. The same goes for that neat ticket that you receive out of the slot machine. Take care of your TITO Tickets (Ticket In Ticket Out).
10) DON’T Be Afraid to Ask Staff for Help.
Staff is available for you as a hospitality service. They want their guests to feel welcome and happy. So, don’t be shy. If you are new (or not) to the game, ask the dealer for advice.
At the tables, don’t worry about taking a little longer. Other players will appreciate your attempt to make the correct play.
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11) DON’T Directly Hand Dealers Chips or Cash
The “Eye in the Sky” is watching your play and their work. Put the chips or cash on the table. They will not accept it any other way.
12) DO Consider Continuing Some Protocols
It’s not a bad idea to consider some protocols good advice for all visits. Personal space is still an important part of the consideration to other players. And, guys, please continue to wash your hands! the decrease in the flu and the common cold is definitely connected.
13) DO Take a Walk Around When You Arrive.
In this day and age, make sure you know your nearest exits. If new to that property, get acquainted with your surroundings. Casinos can be difficult to navigate through. Enjoy the atmosphere and the decor as well. You may be too busy later.
14) DO Be Prepared to Tip
In most casinos, complimentary beverages are served, but the wait staff depends on a small tip. So if you want great service, tip a little higher than normal at first. Then, you’ll find their personal service to you will increase.
15) DO Be Considerate to Other Gamblers
You’re not alone in this world, especially in the casino. Know the etiquette and rules for the game you’re playing. Don’t give non-solicited advice. Be friendly, but respect players’ privacy.
Binbin and NETimeGambling.com
Robin Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager. In 2013, he created NETimeGambling com. The mission was to provide a resource for recreational gamblers visiting New England’s expanding casino market events. We offer trip reports, gambling tips, casino promotions, entertainment, and more for those visiting our nine casinos. NETG also provides general gambling tips for those recreational gamblers inside and outside the northeast.
He is now retired from teaching middle school music for 41 years and performing professionally for over 50 years. Robin has performed at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.
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