A First Visit to a Casino

You can find casinos in many places across the world, for instance many top hotels have their very own casino on site. However many people miss out on what is a great evening out, simply because they’re not sure what to do or think they don’t know enough about the rules.

So here’s a little starter for anyone thinking about making their first visit to a casino.

First of all don’t think casinos are full of Monte Carlo types in black tie playing roulette with the Duchess – they’re not. You’ll find most casinos are full of every type of person from all walks of life. Most casinos now have taken their lead from the all inclusive Las Vegas model which is purely focused on getting as many people through the doors as possible. This has led to much more relaxed rules on entry and the type of games available.

If you’re in the UK for instance you used to have to become a member 24 hours before being let in. A rather odd cooling off period presumably, however this isn’t the case any more. It’s best to give the casino a call or check their website if you’re unsure – just check what the entry requirements are. Every casino I’ve ever called to ask for advice has been extremely helpful – they do ‘customer service’ better than almost any sector I’ve seen. Knowing before hand will make you more relaxed especially if it’s your first visit to a casino.

A large modern casino can be a bit confusing at first but take your time and relax. Have a walk around and see what games are on hand, if you don’t know a game find a quiet table where the dealer will be able to help you. Obviously don’t try and learn a new game on a busy Saturday night, it’s not fair on the busy dealer who will have enough on his plate. It’s actually easier than ever to learn how to play a new game now because of the internet – here on this site we have many free to play roulette and casino based games. These are perfect for learning the rules before risking real money.

Here’s some links to the games we have here –

Play Roulette

Play Blackjack

Play Caribbean Stud Poker

Play Baccarat

All of those are very easy to play and if you spend ten minutes playing I’m sure you’ll pick up the rules.

Of course playing in a real casino is a little different than playing online simply down to basic etiquette. when you decide which table and game you want to play, simply take a seat. Don’t hand your money to the dealer, but place it down on the table – he will give you chips based on the minimum bet on that table. Make sure you’re playing at a level your comfortable with – for your first visit I urge you to stick to the low stakes tables. Any special rules or variations will be clearly marked on the table – make sure you read them.

Casino and Roulette Etiquette

There isn’t too much to know about general etiquette that good manners doesn’t cover. First of all be considerate to other players, never offer advice and certainly don’t criticise peoples play.

If you win, enjoy yourself, laugh and cheer – its’ supposed to be fun. Casinos like to see people enjoy themselves within reason, just to it without being obnoxious. Similarly if you lose, just accept it – nobody has cheated – it’s simply a game which sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

Never mess with your cards or bets when they’ve been placed. This is especially important with your bet, don’t touch it unless you’ve won and it’s been paid. If you can’t reach a spot on the roulette table for instance simply ask the dealer to place the bet for you.

Don’t copy players on games like roulette who shower the table with chips at the very last minute. It’s a sure fire way to lose and lose quickly. Make sure you place any bet carefully so that there’s no confusion. In roulette wait for the dealer to finish paying out before starting to place your bets again, the croupier will remove the little marker on the winning number when it’s time to bet again.

You’ll become aware of any other little nuances just by watching your fellow players, any little signals like requesting another card or passing you’ll see just by watching a few spins or hands being played. It really isn’t very intimidating and the dealers should all be happy to help or assist with your questions.

The Subtle Casino Tricks

Now it’s probably not quite as relevant to online casino games, but when you walk into a traditional casino it’s time to watch out.  However nicely you are treated by a casino – remember one thing, the casino wants you to lose your cash.  Their profits are dependent upon most players losing their bankroll,  virtually every facility or service provided is designed with this single goal in mind.

SO just keep this single fact in mind whenever you are enjoying the hospitality of the house whilst you play on their roulette table.

Free Drinks

Just about every casino in the world will supply a generous amount of free drinks.  Now this won’t happen if you’re slumped in a chair reading a book – but join in the action and you’ll be taken care of.   So what a great perk this is – or is it??

The casino do this for one reason only – they know the more you drink the more you will gamble.  It’s not really a hospitality thing,  the casino is applying the lubricant for removing money more quickly from your wallet.

The smart thing to do is not to drink at all when you’re gambling or at least keep it to a minimum.  It is well known to the casinos that alcohol seriously reduces sensible play and good judgement – which is why they are so happy to supply your chosen beverage.

That free drink of course will not really be free and you’ll pay one way or another.  So keep your gambling and drinking separate, you’ll find it works out much cheaper this way.

Casino Chips

Ever wondered why the casino has to convert all your cash into chips before you play.  Of course there easier to handle than real money but there is another important factor which the casinos love.   You see, most of us don’t see casino chips as real cash – they’re simply little plastic tokens which you can use to play games.

Because we place a lesser value on these tokens than dollar bills, we treat them more a playthings.  Many unsuccessful gamblers get into the mindset that once they’ve exchanged cash for their chips – it’s gone, the moneys spent.   You’ll rarely find a gambler on a losing streak go and cash out one or two remaining chips – they’ll probably just toss them in casually in some game to complete their losses.

Remember Chips are money – you can swap them back with that cashier in the corner any time you want!

The Casino Environment

It’s overload on the senses in most casinos.  The flashing lights, the beeping and buzzing creates a sense of excitement.  It’s not the sort of environment where you can make calm, sensible decisions – be aware of that and think before you act.

There’s little you can do about the actual environment of the casino.  You could perhaps suggest that if they put clocks on the walls it would be easier to keep track of time!  But seriously the important thing is to take regular breaks,  step outside for some fresh air.  Stop for a meal, go for a walk around the block perhaps even go and grab some sleep.  Remember to regularly extract yourself from this artificial world that the casino has created.

Remember everything in the casino is there for a single reason – to part you from your money !!

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