Casino Etiquette for Groups and Families with Children

On busy casino nights, especially in resort casinos, bad behavior is plentiful. Families with children and groups of friends can get in the way of your casino visit. Just walking around the perimeter can take your life in your hands on a busy night. “Casino Etiquette for Groups and Families with Children” contains suggestions for all of us.

The Group Intrusion

Casino Etiquette for Groups
Remember there are others around you looking for a good time, too!

While many enjoy visiting 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 together. Many times, this all happens at the same time – why not? The addition of stadium gaming, more table games and entertainment venues makes it easier for group fun. 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. Don’t let your fun intrude upon others.  Respect gamblers’ space, even though it’s crowded.

Kids in the Casino – Casino Etiquette for Groups and Families with Children

Kids – Gotta Love ’em.   It not necessarily in the casino. It should be taken into account that the casino is not a proper place for kids. Granted, many casino resorts are considered family vacation destinations as resorts, or great places for parties. A few of the appropriate amenities for children at New England’s casinos include:

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If parents want to spend time on the floor, they must do it without their children.  The problem is found when children are allowed to play in out lying areas, running, crawling on floors, and slightly tended to.

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. 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.

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Flow of Casino Traffic

Don’t obstruct the traffic flow inside of the casino. Stopping in the middle of the traffic flow for your family of eight is not good for anyone’s safety. 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.

Casino Etiquette for Groups
Hey there, Slow Down!

Speaking of “ vehicles” in the casino, the scooter thing is becoming a safety hazard. If you are driving your scooter in the casino, please watch your speed.  I propose rental scooters have a limited speed. Speeding scooters that go twice the speed of a human’s normal walk can be dangerous for casino pedestrians as well as the driver.Please note, NETG is quite aware for the many who need them, and promote the need for casinos to supply rentals. Having been hit by one going “over the speed limit,” I just ask those using them to consider the pedestrians around them. Maybe speed limit signs would help?

The Encore Conundrum

When Encore Boston Harbor opened in Everett, Massachusetts, an interesting traffic flow situation occurred, whether planned or not.  It seems the flow of traffic prevented children from accessing some areas of the casino with their parents.  Parents weren’t able to get their children to join them in the buffet.  And it also produced the first  “adult-only” Dunkin’ Donuts in the world due to the same traffic flow problem. Was it planned that way?  We may never know.

Courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor.
Courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor.


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. 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.

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Botton line, be aware that others are around you. Enjoy yourselves, and don’t force others to be part of your social event.

Casino Etiquette for Groups and Families with Children. Something to consider for everyone’s fun and safety.



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