Basic Casino Etiquette and Bad Behavior

I have high expectations for human behavior in a public place. . This post reflects upon Basic Casino Etiquette and Bad Behavior.

Remember, the casino staff caters to everyone, not just you. So, follow a few simple rules of etiquette so we all can enjoy our casino visits. But most important is to be kind, polite and show respect to those players around you.

Basic Casino Etiquette

Don’t Use Cheating Devices: Gambling is meant to be fun and entertaining. Stick to your strategies and expertise rather than cheating.

Territorial – “I am playing all these Machines!”

Casino etiquette expects that your fun would stay within your own group. You are not the only one trying to have a good time. Screaming profanity just because you’re at a casino doesn’t make many friends and impresses few. Have consideration for other players.

Related Post – Casino Etiquette for Groups and Families with Children

Good manners require you to be courteous to casino attendants, employees, and dealers.  A  podcast called Two Morons Tacking About Casino and Stuff provides the staff perspective. Don’t let the profanity hinder your listening to Spike and T-Bag, dealers & pit staff on the Vegas Strip. It’s an entertaining podcast and often explains the things that players do that is plain bad behavior.

More Basic Etiquette in the Casino

Understand the rules before you sit down, regardless of its slots, VP, or table games.
If you are unfamiliar with a certain game, observe quietly until you can figure it out or play one
you are familiar with. Try visiting the Wizard of Odds to learn and practice a variety of games.

Always respect the queue line in all places that require a line, such as money cages, slot machines, table games, and other stations. 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. Observe pass lines.  If you don’t have the rewards card to match the pass line, go to the regular line.

Smoking Etiquette – Remember to read and follow the signs. Both smokers and non-smokers should respect the signs about smoking areas.

Refrain from giving unsolicited advice and commenting on other patron’s play. Resist the urge to give unsolicited advice. (Blackjack players are awful about this.) Whatever the game, players have the right to make their own decisions, play their own way, and make their own fun. Their money, their game!

Players With Bad Behavior To Watch Out For

People With Huge Egos – Those players who think they are most important. When they feel they are being mistreated, you might hear them say, “Do you know who I am?” Unless you are a whale, don’t be that guy.  As a matter of fact, if you ARE a whale, don’t be that guy.

People Who Rush Up On Others. These are the people that are walking on your heels. These people are usually in the cashier lines.

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 funny looking machine, initially thinking to yourself that it was currently being played, but upon closer inspection, realized the person was ploppy! If you’re going to sit down at a machine, you’d better play it! Especially when the casino is crowded!

More Basic Etiquette and Bad Behavior Examples

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?   Once, someone stopped dead in their tracks – right in front of me – to check out the casino floor carpeting. When you want to gaze about the casino floor or stop right where you are for some reason, quickly glance around before you decide to set up camp.

Players Who Beat Up The Machine. STOP HITTING THE MACHINE – WHAT DID IT DO TO YOU?  I often see slot players than I do video poker players, but there are still incredibly brutal VP slappers. Go home and get a punching bag, or maybe some counseling!

Players Who Complain About Other’s Good Luck. Bad losers. If you weren’t supposed to lose eventually, the casinos would be out of business.  If you frequent a casino, and you can’t take losing your money, go shopping. You’ll have something for your money after you spend it.

Basic Etiquette and Bad Behavior are prevalent throughout the casino.  Let’s not add to the nonsense. That’s all for now.