Hello, my name is Binbin, and I have high expectations when it comes to human beings and their awareness and consideration of others in a public place. Sure, I bring it upon myself.  But I’m not alone.  So, let’s start with a tacky over-used introduction – the definition:

Casino – A public room or building for gambling and other entertainment.

Etiquette – The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular group.

Notice the important words underlined.

Besides being a venue for playing games and winning some money, the casino is also a venue for interacting with other people. Remember that the casino does not cater only to your personal and individual enjoyment, but to others as well. In other words, casinos are there for your entertainment, they’re not there solely for you. Follow a few simple rules of etiquette so all can enjoy their trips to the casinos, but the most important is to be kind polite and show respect to everyone. Following casino etiquette enhances your involvement into making sure that the casino is an enjoyable place for everyone. Playing casino games is basically a form of social activity. Given that any form of social activity requires some courtesy, here are some general rules governing casino etiquette that you should live by while playing in the casino:

1) Don’t Use Cheating Devices: Gambling is meant to be fun and entertaining. While everyone of course wants to win big, that doesn’t mean you should be dishonest in your attempts to cash in. Stick to your strategies and expertise rather than cheating.

2) Don’t use Cameras: If there is one thing casinos and gamblers can’t stand, it’s people taking pictures while gambling, especially while at slot machines. Remember your immediate tweet of you at the casino may also in clude others in the same area. Be considerate. In addition to being used for cheating purposes, personal cameras can be annoying to gamblers, especially if you’re taking pictures with a flash feature. Players should not even take their mobile phones or cameras out of the pocket.

3) Do we need to say it – Don’t bring Drugs or Weapons into a casino.

4) Don’t Use Laptops: Casinos do not allow the use of laptops due to security reasons and to prevent hackers from carrying out untoward business. So, avoid being embarrassed by casino officials or stolen from by thieves and keep your laptop at home or in your hotel room.

5) Casino etiquette teaches that your fun should stay within your own group. Yes, we know that winning that first jackpot bonus of $23.35 is amazing, but you are not the only ones trying to have a good time. Other people are there to have fun as well, and I am sure that you would not want to be distracted by them.

6) General good manners requires you to be courteous not only to fellow players, but to casino attendants, employees and dealers as well (and don’t try to hit on the casino staff – have more class than that!) It is extremely rude and tactless to show disrespect to the very people who have assisted in fulfilling your personal enjoyment.

7) Understand the rules before you sit down, no matter if it’s slots, VP, or table games.
If you are unfamiliar with a certain game rather observe quietly until you can figure it out or play one
that you are familiar with.

8) Always fall in line and respect the queue in all places that require falling in line, such as money cages, slot machines, table games and other stations. And Casino etiquette states that you should never do anything that would obstruct the traffic flow inside of the casino. If you want to take a look at something, or take a picture, try to make sure that you are off to the side and out of the main aisles. (This will be a re-occurring theme throughout the series)

9) General Casino Etiquette – Remember to read, respect and follow the signs when inside the casino. Both smokers and non-smokers should respect the signs pertaining to smoking areas. Signs on the proper places to eat should also be strictly followed.

And 10) Refrain from giving unsolicited advice and commenting on other player’s moves. You will find this extremely annoying if you are the one playing. Resist the urge to give unsolicited advice. (Blackjack players are particularly bad about this.) Whatever the game game, players have the right to make their own decisions, play their own way and make their own fun. Their money, their game!

Now, here are some “less than pleasurable” stereotypes of casino patrons that you might like to be aware of. Hopefully, you’re not one of them:

People who pretend to be important – You find these people in casinos during major events (fights or concerts), usually agents, lawyers, PR people, promoters and so on, none of whom are even one-tenth as important as they want you to believe. When they feel they are being mistreated, you might hear them say “Do you know who I am?”   

People Who Rush Up On Others. These are the people that are walking on your heels. You might be making your way through the casino, searching for the next slot, table game or video poker machine to make you a millionaire. But while you’re looking for that magical machine, you have the equivalence of the driver that is one foot behind you on the road, trying to push you forward.

People Who Sit And Observe Someone Else. This is the person who plops down next to someone at a slot (or video poker) machine, but doesn’t actually play it. How many times have you seen a fun looking machine, initially thinking to yourself that it was currently being played, but upon closer inspection realized the person was a ploppy! If you’re going to sit down at a machine, you’d better play it! Especially if it’s crowded!

People Who Stop and Watch you play because they have nothing better to do.  And it’s usually right behind you.  I have turned around and given the evil eye many times to this kind of patron.  Funny though, until you stop playing, they just don’t move.

People Who Have No Sense Of Awareness. OH MY GOD, THESE PEOPLE ARE THE WORST!!! Have you ever tried to walk through a casino, only to have people walk right in front of you, stop walking right in front of you, or otherwise act like they are the only person in the casino? It’s as if they think they have the right of way – ALL THE TIME!  Once, someone stopped dead in their tracks – right in front of me – to check out the casino floor carpeting.  Probably the same people who like to discuss the casino restroom decor as well. Or, how about this – you’re trying to walk through the casino and you have to bob and weave through people because they’re clogging the walkways like a piece of human cholesterol! I can’t get to where I want to be, because you’re just standing their blocking the walkway.  If I wanted to gaze about the casino floor or stop right where I was to do something, I first do a quick glance all the way around me, see whom I might be blocking or otherwise annoying and I step away from the major traffic area to let people around me get through. I think there is nothing more inconsiderate than when I have to take an alternate route because you’re just blocking the thoroughfare.

People Who Beat Up The Machine. STOP HITTING THE MACHINE – WHAT DID IT DO TO YOU?  This I see more often with slot players than I do video poker players, but there are still incredibly brutal VP slappers.  These are the people who are slapping the “spin” button like they’re vigorously masturbating. I’m willing to let go the rubbing of the slot or video poker machine’s front glass as good luck, but I’m not willing to sit and hear the button be hit over and over again.Go home and get a punching bag, or maybe some counseling!

People Who Complain About Other’s Good Luck. Bad losers.  If you weren’t suppose to eventually lose, the casinos would be out of business.  If you frequent a casino, and you can’t take losing your money – go shopping at least you’ll have something for it after you spend it.  Ever experienced this – You sit down at a slot machine and put my money in, hit the bet button and win something trivial like $1. The guy next to you says something about “Of course the minute I leave the machine, you sits down and hit something – it’ll probably get hot, now.  I should never hang around a machine I just got up from.” Really? Not only rude, but stupid – people still don’t know how a RNG works?

So, there is a look at general casino etiquette and issues connected to such manners.   More to come.

In Part 2, I write about family issues in the casino – especially when it involves children.  Yikes!

That’s all for now.