Socializing with the family & friends?
While many enjoy going to a casino alone, many of us also enjoy bringing family, friends and large groups. It is, after all, a place to share a meal, have a drink, enjoy each other’s company, and of course gamble. Many times, this all happens at the same time – why not? The atmosphere of lights, sounds, and excitement are great for stag & bridal showers, birthday parties, etc. The only problem exists when socializing gets in the way of other patrons gambling.
Kids On the Casino Floor?
Kids – Gotta Love ’em – But Not necessarily if they’re not yours!
It should be taken into account that casino is not a proper place for kids, so if parents want to spend time on the floor, they can do it without their children. It is done to prevent any misbehavior and respect casinos security.
Also, studies show that pre-teens who begin to gamble before their 18th birthdays usually become problem gamblers 3x as quickly as adults. So, if you want to protect your children from becoming the next members of Gamblers Anonymous, keep them far away from the casino floor.
Kids in Public Casino Areas?
If you are wandering through a casino with a child, the child should be with you at all times. Many people head to a large resort or even the smallest casino in an attempt to get away from their kids for a short time. They do not want to deal with yours.
Casino etiquette states that you should never do anything that would obstruct the traffic flow inside of the casino. Stopping in the middle of the traffic flow for your family of 8, + 6 kids, is not a good idea. Not only are you being inconsiderate of others walking, but you are sitting ducks for others rushing through and not paying attention. Your kids are probably as over-stimulated with the casino ambiance as much as you – probably more! Keep them safe, keep them close, and keep them out of the main traffic areas.
If you are pushing a stroller in a casino, you should never push the stroller on the carpet near any of the games. There are even some casinos that will ask you to leave if you do not follow this mostly unwritten rule.
Your Family doesn’t include the rest of the Casino Patronage.
Have a good time, but remember – you’re not alone! Respect those around you. Appropriate casino behavior means keep your partying contained to your group. Remember in Part 1I mentioned the following general suggestions:
- “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.”
- “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.”
Finally, when showing newbies to the casino, find less populated areas to hover over slots. Yelling across other patrons to talk and give each other advice is definitely rude.
It basically means to be aware that others are around you. Enjoy yourselves, just don’t force others to be part of it.
The next three days of posts include:
- Tomorrow is “Sun” Sunday
- Monday I will look at the latest Massachusetts casino news
- Tuesday – Casino Etiquette, part 3 – Blackjack Considerations
That’s all for now.