Improving Your Video Poker Etiquette

As with most public spaces, behaving properly usually helps provide a better experience for you and for those around you.  No where in the casino is that true than the video poker machines. Here are tips on Improving Your Video Poker Etiquette.

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Playing Video Poker and enjoying the solitary play of one vs. machine is not necessarily something everyone can enjoy.  Video poker players are stereotyped as being introverts. For some, it brings a need to make new friends during  a session. Consider the following suggestions:

Be aware of those Playing

When Improving Your Video Poker Etiquette, Common sense etiquette suggests that if you don’t know the person playing, you should never touch the video poker machine of that player. You should also not lean on their chair or shoulder as this motion could cause them to hit the wrong button concerning denomination or number of credits.

Video poker etiquette suggests not to 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, not the buttons.

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.

Don’t Be A Bothersome Person

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.  Don’t expect players to take time out from playing to tell you how to play.

Do not watch others play over their shoulder if they do not know you, that’s just creepy !!!! In some places it seems to be acceptable to do that once your money runs out. Don’t just wander over and watch a total stranger play. Like I said, it’s CREEPY!!

Don’t be a slob. Smokers ashes, spilled drinks, covering your mouth coughing or sneezing, and sticky hands from food are terribly inconsiderate. And these are just some of the things that annoy your fellow players, or the unknowing next player. (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.  The random-number-generator runs the machine. That’s all you should realize.

Don’t give unwanted advice.

Taking a Break

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. If your VP machine is a single terminal on the floor, ask tech staff to watch your machine for you.  Do not expect the players on either side of you to watch it for you.

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.

Tipping

Service with a smile? – Tip!

That brings us to the last point when it comes to behaving properly while playing video poker machines. Tip your waitress or bartender.

 

Tipping is a personal choice. 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 free beverages, tip the staff as you would in a restaurant. But if you make a specific drink request, be sure to tip.

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Conclusion

Use common sense, and be courteous to those around you. Bottom line is have fun, stay healthy, and enjoy recreational gambling. But, not at somebody else’s expense.

Binbin

Basic Etiquette and Bad Behavior in the Casino

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:

Basic Etiquette

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.

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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.

Binbin

5 Reasons Why Casino Bartenders Hate You – Vice Lounge Online

Recently, a favorite podcast of mine produced their 400th episode!

Congratulations to co-hosts Tony Snyder & Jason Gillikin and their podcast Vice Lounge Online.  Bravo!

If you are not aware of this unique podcast, let me explain it the way  did on a recent podcast. The podcast celebrates good cigars, good drinks and great gambling.  Jason & Tony have experience in all three areas, but insist they don’t lean towards any one of the three areas included in every podcast.  Three distinct parts, somewhat related, neither the specialty.

I, for one, have enjoyed hearing about the intricacies of cigars – smoking, wrappers, production and more.  Their “cocktail” talk centers around scotch, whiskey and bourbon, but often branches out to mixed drinks, aged specialty liquors and beer. Gambling advice and explanations are very interesting, many times focusing on things we take for granted, but would like a little refresher.

But it’s their personalities that make this so good.  I can almost see them, in their smoking jackets, cigar in one hand, brandy sniffer in the other, chatting about their latest casino visit.  (I believe Tony prefers podcasting in his pajamas, but that’s a story for another time.) 

Which brings me to today’s post – 5 Reasons Why Bartenders Hate You.


  1.  When you want a free drink before you have played enough – After the initial investment into the machine, many casinos now expect an amount to be played, or time to be seated, before another drink will be served to you. As Tony mentions, ” if you are an excruciatingly slow player,” or don’t play at all, don’t feel entitled to that next alcoholic beverage.  Annoying the bartenders about it will only make them hate you.  Remember people, video poker bartops are for players only.

    Commonwealth Lounge and VP Bar at MGM Springfield

  2. Trash talking staff behind the bar, both bartenders, servers and other staff – How about a little kindness people, or at least some discretion. Rude comments between patrons about certain staff will not be taken lightly.
  3. When the bartender is really busy, don’t expect YOUR drink takes precedence over everyone else – In the rush, your bartender will still appreciate some respect and patience from you, and they will remember when you do – and when you don’t!   If you are insistent to the point of rudeness, you might wait longer than expected. To be honest, I don’t blame them.
  4. Don’t flash your high tier status expecting better service for you at the expense of everyone else – We’ve all seen it.  Someone rushes to sit down, flashes their MGM Noir, or their Caesars Diamond card, and wants immediate service, like you’re special. (In New England it would be Noir, Mohegan’s Soar, Foxwoods’ Diamond, Penn National’s Owner’s Club and Twin River’s Club 100 for example).Besides, you want special treatment? – that’s what the VIP lounges are for.  Then you can fight it out with all the other high end players.
  5. Don’t give unwanted advice to guests next to you, and cause a ruckus. Matter of fact, don’t EVER be that loud, obnoxious guy that causes bartenders to call security. People enjoy the relaxation of VP and like the control of how much socializing they do while playing.  Bartenders who love their job enjoy a little banter with you if you want it, and enjoy taking care of you, if you deserve it.

Tammy, Steve & Catherine, my favorite bartenders. Find them at Play Bar, Foxwoods.

Finally, I would like to add the final thought that I’m sure Jason & Tony would agree with.  TIP YOUR BARTENDERS.  I prefer tipping a little extra on the first drink, getting their attention and basically saying “I’m here to enjoy your service, I appreciate what you d and I’m not that guy you dread to serve.”  If they don’t give you that service, don’t be obnoxious, pushy, rude, or entitled – just don’t tip anymore.

Well done, Jason & Tony.  Well done.

Binbin

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