Do you feel safe in the casino? If so, there are things you can do to feel safe in the casino. Today we offer this great article by Frank Scoblete, author and owner of Casino City Times concerning Casino Visit Security Tips.
NETG ran a series last year on Mondays to bring you a Gambling Post from someone else. Generally speaking, it was to peak your interest casino and gambling topics. Some of posts included information on Cruise Casinos, Federal Tax reform and even“US Presidents Who Played Poker” We called it, what else but “The Monday Link.”
Here’s a link to a Frank Scoblete post on GamblingTeachers.com. At GT, you can discover success secrets from professional gamblers. Gambling Teachers’ Mission is to remain a free online learning Center, teach Learn to Win programs and lessons of value and retain our GT team of top gambling professionals. King Scobe as he is called, is all about casino gambling. His books include Beat the Craps out of the Casinos, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution, and Beat the One-Armed Bandits and are staples for your gambling library. He has written and appeared in television documentaries as well as written numerous columns for gambling magazines and websites. Equally important are Frank’s series of videotapes and DVDs, with most of his work being about craps and blackjack.
I have high expectations when it comes to human beings’ actions in a public place. A casino is a public room and etiquette is the customary code of polite behavior among members of a particular group. This post reflects upon basic etiquette and bad behavior in the casino.
Besides being a venue for playing games and winning some money, the casino is also a venue for interacting with other people. Remember, the casino staff caters only to everyone’s pleasure, not just yours. 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.
Playing casino games is a form of social activity. Any form of social activity requires some courtesy. So, 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 wants to win big, try not to 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. Remember your immediate tweet of you at the casino may also include others in the same area. Please understand they may not want their picture taken, for whatever reason. In addition, personal cameras can be annoying to gamblers. Players should not even take their mobile phones or cameras out of the pocket, especially while sitting at a table game.
Territorial – “I am playing all these Machines!”
3) Casino etiquette expects that your fun would 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. Screaming profanity just because you’re at a casino doesn’t make many friends and impresses very few. Other people are there to have fun as well, and I am sure that you would not want to be distracted by them. Have the same consideration for them.
4) General good manners requires you to be courteous not only to fellow players, but to casino attendants, employees and dealers as well – It is extremely rude and tactless to show disrespect to the very people who have tried to assist in fulfilling your enjoyment. A new 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
5) Understand the rules before you sit down, no matter if 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
that you are familiar with. Try visiting the Wizard of Odds to learn and practice a variety of games.
6) Always respect the queue line in all places that require a line, such as money cages, slot machines, table games and other stations. And 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. BIG PET PEEVE – observe pass lines. If you don’t have the rewards card to match the pass line, go to the regular line.
7) Smoking Etiquette – Remember to read and follow the signs. Both smokers and non-smokers should respect the signs pertaining to smoking areas.
8) Refrain from giving unsolicited advice and commenting on other patron’s play Resist the urge to give unsolicited advice. (Blackjack players are particularly bad 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 and Bad Behavior
People With Huge Egos – Those players who think they are more 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. 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. 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. These people are usually seen 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 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!
More Basic Etiquette and Bad Behavior Examples
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? Once, someone stopped dead in their tracks – right in front of me – to check out the casino floor carpeting. How about when 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! 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.
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.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. You’ll have something for your money 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?
Basic Etiquette and Bad Behavior is prevalent throughout the casino. Let’s not add to the nonsense. That’s all for now.
Oh, those who think that casinos should run their business and still let everyone win – and still pay the bills! Human beings are becoming so entitled. If you ask casino patrons on a bad streak, they will say the casino is up to something – they aren’t winning – and it’s the casino’s fault.
Listen, casino gambling is a recreational activity, with the vast majority of games offered having a skewed advantage to the house – we all know it, we just sit at that slot machine, riding that trip down the river of denial.
An article by Dr. Harrigan, the lead researcher and contact person for the University of Waterloo Problem Gambling Research Team. His primary research interest is in gambling addictions with a focus on why so many slot machine gamblers become addicted. In his article, he deals with many factors that the “Casino Industry” is basically trying to make addicts out of all of us – real, concerning, and a serious topic for potentially addictive gamblers.
So, how do casinos entice the individual gambler into gambling more? One way, to reference Dr. Harrigan’s article, is that the casino is not truthful about how much the slot machine pays. I’ve got news for you – hold on to your hat – that’s why it’s called “gambling!”
Big Win – Everytime?
Dr. Harrigan’s article says “…..on modern slot machines, half of ‘wins’ are actually net losses. An example would be a $1 bet with a 30¢ payoff. This is a loss of 70¢, but the machine shows bright graphics and makes sounds announcing a win. Researchers call these events Losses Disguised as Wins (LDWs) and have clearly shown that players experience these as actual wins, giving the players the (incorrect) positive feelings that they are winning.”
No kidding. The invention of video slots gave the impression of lots of small hits instead of waiting longer for bigger hits in reels. Bonuses also play in this game – individual hits can be small more often due to the chance and volatility of hitting a bigger bonus. We all wait to hit THE BIG ONE! Lotteries, the worst odds of all, wouldn’t be so popular – but we want the chance to hit the BIG ONE! In the longer run, the real problem is that the payout percentage continues to be lower throughout the country. Why? Because as a culture, we still intend on being constantly entertained, so it doesn’t matter to most players. We know the games pay less – but we like the fun, so we play them anyway. Why would so many people settle for 6/5 blackjack? or 6/5 JOB Video poker? Or Keno?
Doesn’t the responsibility on which games to gamble on rest on the shoulders of the gambler? YES!
Shouldn’t gamblers that play often be responsible enough to KNOW the best games, best strategies, and the pitfalls of high casino-advantage games? YES
So, be aware of the “tricks” (or maybe they are just good business practice) and take responsibility for your gaming. If it’s not fun anymore, contact GA, tell the casino to not allow your entrance (which casinos do to help addicted gamblers any time you feel you can’t control staying away) and seek help.
It’s not a black and white situation. It is neither solely the casino’s fault or the addict’s – it’s a gray area, more complex than any single blog could summarize.
So, be careful, be smart, be knowledgeable, and go to the casino with a money management plan for your visit every single time. This way you limit the “trickery” of those casinos, and also help to either leave with money, or at least lengthen your bankroll’s life.
Remember – Of all things, if you can’t control your gambling, seek help.