As with most behavior in public spaces, behaving properly usually helps provide a better experience for you and for those around you. No where in the casino could that be true than the winding rows of slot machines and video poker machines, where you could find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a variety of others.
Playing Video poker and enjoying the solitary play of one vs. machine could bring a need to make new friends during your session. Well, consider the following suggestions:
Video Poker Etiquette.
- Common sense etiquette suggests that you should never touch the slot machine of another player. You should also not lean on their chair or shoulder as this motion could cause them to jerk and hit the wrong button concerning denomination or number of credits.
- Video poker etiquette frowns on those people that pound the buttons on a machine as if it needs to be punished. Not only does it wear the game out over time, most importantly, it’s incredibly distracting to the other players around you. Besides, you’d have to punish the RNG for your bad luck.
- If you are going to watch a person play, do not sit in the chair next to them unless you plan on playing yourself. This especially includes bar top VP, since it takes a seat away from another player.
- Understand the rules before you sit down. Don’t be lazy and expect others to teach you on their time. Be prepared before you play.
- If someone has leaned their stool or chair up against the machine, this usually means they haven’t finished playing, or maybe took a restroom break. Usually the person playing the slot machine has just went to the bathroom or to get a drink.
- Do not watch others play over their shoulder if they do not know you, that’s just creepy !!!! In small casinos it seems to be accepted to do that once your money runs out…just wander over and watch a total stranger play. Like I said – CREEPY!!
- Don’t be a slob! – Ashes, spilled drinks, coughing without covering, sticky hands from food – these are just some of the things that annoy your fellow players. (Suggestion – always have hand sanitizer when playing. It comes in handy)
- Don’t share your superstitions, myths, or ignorance of how these machines work with those around you. Denomination, rhythm, which buttons to push, whether your rewards card is used or not – these are all just ignorant nonsensical notions of those players who just want attention. Ig
nore their suggestions. The random-number-generator runs the machine, period.
- If you need to use the restroom, put your service light on. As long as you are not taking a 15 minute break, slot attendants are around to help you out in this area. DON’T ASK THE PLAYER NEXT TO YOU TO WATCH YOUR MACHINE! Let them have their fun without feeling like a hostage until you decide to come back. My response to strangers who ask is “No, thank you. I don’t know how long I will be here.
- Don’t “hover” over a machine you want to play. Some people watch a person’s credits and watch until the player is done so they can “POUNCE!” If I feel that kind of pressure from someone, I will use my phone, check my wallet, stand and stretch – basically anything to waste time to let them know that no kind of predatory pressure will make me succumb to their creepiness.
That brings us to the last point when it comes to behaving properly while playing video poker machines – tipping.
When to tip? While tipping is a personal decision there are certain times where it’s customary to tip. For example, when you’re receiving a jackpot payout that a floor attendee must help you with, it’s customary to tip them (Granted, if the service is lousy and the attendant is incredibly slow to pay you out or perhaps not professional, you can think twice about tipping.) The rule of thumb is usually to tip around .5 – 1% of the jackpot amount, make sure to keep this in mind when working on your bankroll management budget. Concerning beverages, yes they are free in many casinos, but tip the staff as you would in a restaurant. Again, if the service is lousy, don’t. But if you especially make a specific request, be sure to tip.
With a little respect towards fellow gamblers and adherence to the golden rule, you’ll be able to improve the experience of other players, as well as your own. Use common sense, and be courteous to those around you. Bottom line is have fun, stay healthy, enjoy recreational gambling – but not at somebody else’s expense.