Live Casino Etiquette
When enjoying online casino action, anything goes. You can log on without getting dressed or knowing the rules. Online casino software automatically prevents you from making illegal bets or disrupting other players, even if you click recklessly. Live casinos on the other hand can overwhelm first time visitors. That’s why it’s important to get intimately familiar with live casino etiquette before heading out on the town.
Casino etiquette isn’t complicated. It’s neither rocket science nor as consequential as royal etiquette when meeting Queen Elizabeth for tea. Either way understanding etiquette will prevent you from looking foolish or, worse, like a total amateur. Read on and learn how to behave in a casino. We’ll have you looking like a pro before your first visit.
Before You Go
While online casinos give you the flexibility to wear whatever you wish including nothing at all, some live casinos do have a dress code. Most venues won’t let you in wearing swimming trunks, flip-flops or a lewd t-shirt. While you don’t have to look like James Bond or wear a tuxedo, upscale casinos do prefer at least smart casual dress. Don’t be afraid to check the casino’s website for guidelines or call before heading out. Be sure to bring your identification to prove that you are at least 18.
Know The Rules Of The Game
You’ll want to get familiar with the game rules before visiting a casino. Online casinos are probably the most comfortable place to master the rules and pace of the game. You can play online for free before heading to a live casino.
Many live casino dealers will take the time to explain the games, provided they aren’t busy. Most casinos do offer lessons, tutorials, or pamphlets that explain each game should something unexpectedly strike your fancy.
Taking Your Seat
Although not typically part of our culture, tipping is becoming more common in casinos throughout the UK. Even if tipping is entirely optional, dealers at most casinos welcome tips. Feel free to share the wealth and your thanks if you win. Keep in mind that tips are often pooled, which means your dealer may only receive a small fraction of your particular tip.
You can usually enjoy drinks on the gaming floor. A couple of drinks can enhance your fun but make sure to pace yourself and not overdo it. Being drunk will dampen your performance and can lead you to wager excessively. You may be asked to leave if you are slobbering and stammering at the tables.
The Gambling Act spells out the procedure for handling player disputes. If you have a complaint while at the table tell the dealer. If you aren’t happy then take your issue to the pit boss or floor manager. If you’re still dissatisfied contact the general manager in writing or in person. Your final line of defence is to register a complaint with head office before requesting the Independent Panel for Casino Arbitration intervene.
If you don’t know the rules of the game or etiquette, you can always watch and learn. If you still can’t get the hang of live dealer games, slots and video poker machines are great alternatives. You won’t lose your dignity even if you lose your money.