You’ll probably get away with most of these casino “taboos”, but that doesn’t mean you should. Very few social regulations, however, that mean you should go your own way. For those gamblers who need to see it in print, here’s what you should do:
# 1 If You’re Winning … Tip the Dealer. Those hard-working pit employees usually only make the minimum wage from the casino and the rest comes from your tips. There is no set amount you should tip, because that would vary from session to session, from place to place. Let’s just say that a tip of 5 to 15% is not out of bounds. But if you’re one of those people who try to get a losing session 3 years ago by short-changing dealer tips … As my dog, Remy, would say “Grrrrr bandar poker online.”
# 2 Take The Dealer’s Advice. How many times have I seen people playing BJ: ask for dealer advice; Then go the other way and do the exact opposite. If you remember that a dealer makes a living on YOUR TIPS, you’ll be less inclined to think he is giving you a bum steer. You asked … so pay attention and do what he / she says.
# 3 Take A Break. You’ve been losing pretty steady all night. I think it’s very OK for you to get down to some Martini’s and give gambling a rest. Why push it? Gambling has a way of ebbing and flowing. If you stand back, conserve your bankroll, and watch the sights, you’ll have more fun and last longer.
# 4 Don’t Gamble Right Away. You took a three-part flight from Tampa to Vegas. You’ve been jet-lagged into a mental stupor. You can barely answer the desk clerk’s questions at check out, but by god, you exclaim, “I’m ready to gamble!” No … you’re ready to catch some sleep. Obey Mother Nature. Let the gambling wait until you can count 21 making mistakes.
# 5 Smile Once In Awhile. I know you’re losing. Welcome to the Club. But why let that fact keep you from having a good time? There are so many great people working in a casino, so treat them with respect and smile once in awhile. I remember a woman who worked at The Cashier’s Cage at The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. While cashing a few dollars, I struck up a friendly conversation with her. It became my trip to the high point. This lady was such a treat! (Thanks, Chris!) I wiped the scowl off my face and tried to communicate, and to the surprise, you would be amazed at how appreciative they were on their side, too.
# 6 If You Don’t Understand … Ask Questions. Nobody Is Craving In Odds Of Being Born, Or The Blackjack In The Best Way To Double-Down. Since the dealers know you don’t know-stop posting, you are James Bond at the Baccarat table. Floor managers and dealers are very willing to help you understand the games they run. Only when it’s a busy Saturday night will they (understandably) want you to “get on with it.” If you find yourself unable, don’t play. Period.
# 7 Don’t Hog The Machines. It’s a busy night in the casino. You’re looking for the Red, White and Blue dollar machine, and finally, the zigzagging after all, you find it. Unfortunately, some lazy, somewhat eccentric person insists on playing three machines at a time. You’ve been given the evil eye to “stay away.” All I can say is that person is “Pig! Have some respect and let other’s play, too!” Play one machine at a time, and then move on if the mood strikes you, but don’t try to stake out a whole row, OK?
And remember, there is a special place in Gambler Hell reserved for anybody breaking these casino taboos.