Don’t Be “That Guy” at the Casino

At the casino, you play next to introverts, extroverts and everyone in between. My story today is probably familiar to those of you who are gambling introverts. It’s not that we are unfriendly, it’s about visiting the casino for the solitude, the me time, just me and the machine.

When I’m at the craps table, I’m more out-going. After all, it IS the party at the craps table.

But when I’m at my machine, don’t assume I’m your long-lost friend, and don’t assume I’m unfriendly if I don’t want to chat with you.

Sunday, taking advantage of Triple Status points at Mohegan Sun, I was playing $1 video poker. I was minding my own business, concentrating on the game. That’s my usual way to play slots and VP. I don’t initiate contact with others – I respect others and don’t impose. I may mention to a player that they may need to reinsert their players card. (I hate to see players lose points on their cards).

As I am playing, some guy sits two seats down with no one in between us. As I continue to play, he yells at me, “hey, what should I play?”

I didn’t realize he was talking to me.

“Hey, you, look at this”

“Hey, stop ignoring me, you ignoring me?”

Now he is screaming.

I look over. He has four to the Royal, with a made flush. Really, he doesn’t know this play?

So, I say, “Royal.”

He hits the deal button – no Royal, no flush.

Unhappily, he remarks, “never happens, (I ignore and continue to play) “what’s the matter you don’t like friendly people?”

I reply, “I don’t visit here to tutor players who don’t know the game.”

Now, he just gets ugly. “I make more money than you’ll ever see. What you have against being friendly?”

(I think to myself) Yes, sir it’s my fault that your imposition upon my solitude is MY fault.

I get up and leave, with him barking at me, still telling me and half the casino how he is such a better gambler than me. I didn’t know being an overbearing fool decreases the House edge.

The moral of the story, don’t be that guy. Some gamblers are introverts some are extroverts. And some are just imposing bullies.

Don’t be THAT guy.


15 Ways to Improve Your Slot Machine Etiquette

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, where, at busy times, you could find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a variety of others.

Slot Machines

There’s a lot of slot machines to choose from out there!

To some, how “best to behave” is another way people try to harsh one’s happiness.  Alas, that usually is just nonsense from those who only want to do what they want at whatever expense there is to the rest of us, as if they are more important, more entitled – special.

The following also relates to playing video poker.  With either machine, while we enjoy the solitary play, one vs. machine, or want to make new friends while playing, consider the suggestions below.

Slot Machinr / Video Poker Etiquette.

  1. Slot machine etiquette teaches 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.
  2. Slot machine etiquette allows a person to play two slot machines that are right next to each other as long as the casino is not overly crowded. There will be times in which people are waiting to sit down that a slot attendant might ask a player playing two slot machines to end one of their sessions.

    Territorial – “I am playing all these Machines!”

  3. Slot machine etiquette frowns on those people that pound the buttons on a slot machine rapidly for good luck. Also, many casinos will frown on this since this wears the slot machines out over time. Plus, this is just distracting to other players around.
  4. If you are going to watch a person play a slot machine, do not sit in the chair next to them unless you plan on playing yourself. This takes a seat away from someone else. Slot attendants will usually be quick to ask you to please move. This is a true no-no of slot machine etiquette.
  5. Understand the rules before you sit down. Is the slot machine progressive? Is it a community game involving other players? How do you get the bonus(es)? Take time to watch the game from afar or how about this – check the menu and actually read the game rules and pay table! Don’t be lazy and expect others to teach you on their time.
  6. If someone has leaned their stool or chair up against the slot machine, this usually means they haven’t finished playing it. Usually the person playing the slot machine has just went to the bathroom or to get a drink. Even if they haven’t got any money in the slot machine, by leaving their chair or stool leaning up against it they are stating that the machine is in use, so don’t think that you can just go up and play.
    If you’re that person, as an act of courtesy, you must not leave the slot machine reserved for several minutes. Get back to the machine immediately. (of course, casinos will favor high rollers and shut down a machine for hours)
  7. Playing multiple slot machines or video poker machines simultaneously is not encouraged whether the casino is crowded or not. But, it is more tolerated when the casino isn’t busy. Besides, it does not improve your odds to play more than one machine at a time. Give someone else a chance to play.
  8. There are times that some players have forgotten their players card within the slot machine. When you found this out, it is a practice that you must put the card on the top or to the side of the machine where the previous player can easily see and get the forgotten card.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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)

    Drinks, cigarettes – what a mess!

  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. Wash your hands frequently, especially when using the restroom facilities. (Gentlemen, and I use the term loosely, WASH YOUR HANDS!)
  14. 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.
  15. That brings us to the last point when it comes to behaving properly at the slot machines – tipping.

    Service with a smile? – Tip!

    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.

Unlike some table games, slot machine etiquette is pretty easy to comprehend. 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.
That basically covers it. Bottom line is have fun, stay healthy, enjoy recreational gambling – but not at somebody else’s expense.


Casino Etiquette For Social Events

Socializing with the family & friends?

While many enjoy going to 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. Many times, this all happens at the same time – why not? 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.

Kids On the Casino Floor?
img_1621Kids – Gotta Love ’em – But Not necessarily if they’re not yours!
It should be taken into account that casino is not a proper place for kids, so if parents want to spend time on the floor, they can do it without their children. It is done to prevent any misbehavior and respect casinos security.

Also, studies show that pre-teens who begin to gamble before their 18th birthdays usually become problem gamblers 3x as quickly as adults. So, if you want to protect your children from becoming the next members of Gamblers Anonymous, keep them far away from the casino floor.  With the additional legislation of online gambling, be cognizant of your teen’s online activity.

Kids in Public Casino Areas?
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.

Casino etiquette states that you should never do anything that would obstruct the traffic flow inside of the casino. Stopping in the middle of the traffic flow for your family of 8, + 6 kids, is not a good idea. Not only are you being inconsiderate of others walking, but you are sitting ducks for others rushing through and not paying attention. 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.

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.

Territorial - "I am playing all these Machines!"

Territorial – “I am playing all these Machines!”

Your Family doesn’t include the rest of the Casino Patronage.
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. Follow these general suggestions:

  • “your fun should stay within your own group. Yes, we know that winning that first jackpotbonus of $23.35 is amazing, but you are not the only ones trying to have a good time. Other people are there to have fun as well, and I am sure that you would not want to be distracted by them.”
  • “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.”

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.

Millennials, Please Note

Many people have visited before your arrival. Habits, rituals, and favorite things to do are part of their visits. As we all try to acclimate to the changing casino landscape, gambling and additional amenities, let’s all try to get along in the shared spaces. Be considerate

It basically means to be aware that others are around you. Enjoy yourselves, just don’t force others to be part of it.

That’s all for now.