Casino Etiquette for Beginners – Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts

Below is our guide of the top do’s and dont’s at the casino. Follow our example and you will master the casino etiquette.

Do:

1. Know your limits

Surely, this is not a behavioural thing, but it will keep you from losing all of your money – believe me, amateurs are really good at blowing their money. You need to know your bankroll in order to play (relatively) stress-free. Because once you have decided the amount of money you are prepared to lose, you will expect the losses you endure, and winnings will be bonuses.

2. Know the rules

Once you learn how to play without blowing all of your money, you need to learn how to know the rules of the games (knowing every casino game is preferred, but you can learn the rules of the games you like the most and stick to them).

So, before you sit at any table, study the game online, watch a video maybe or just watch a real-life game. In addition to not pissing you opponents off, you will also increase your winning chances if you learn the rules of casino games before sitting down to a stable.

3. Know where to smoke

You may not know, but some casinos limit smoking to particular sectors of their venues. There are also those casinos which permit smoking anywhere within the premise. If you are a smoker and you have entered a casino of the latter type, you should always be considerate. Dealers and fellow players may not be smokers, but even if they are, exhaling smoke in their faces is the worst possible thing you can do.

Another thing you should always do is completely extinguish the cigarette you have put out, as otherwise a stream of smoke could rise and enter your fellow player’s personal space, and that is-you guessed it-rude and annoying.

4. Know what to bring

It is essential that you bring a watch and your cellphone to the casino. Most casinos do not feature clocks and windows. Unless you want to spend more time at the casino than you initially expected, you should be able to see what time it is.

As for mobile devices, those can be of use if you get separated from your friends and you need to call them. However, you ought to familiarise yourself with the casino policy – some casinos have a cell-phone policy under which you may be asked to leave the premise if you use your mobile device while playing.

Do not:

5. Believe in superstitions

Most casino games are based on luck. So, even if you get an authentic rabbit’s foot, it will help you win in any way. Do not think that all those weirdos wearing “lucky charms” at the casino are getting lucky because of the charms.

In fact, every bet has no connection to the previous one or the following one – it is a grave mistake to treat bets as successive events. In the end, remember that the house has an edge, and no lucky charm can get you beyond that edge. All you can do is be knowledgeable and be prepared for losses.

6. Drink excessively

Of course, since you are a first-timer, you need a drink to help you relax. But do not let this one drink turn into 100. Excessive drinking will cloud your judgement and you might spend more money than you have prepared in your bankroll. That is not all – while you may be having fun, your opponents at the table probably do not have fun.

7. Be shy

Okay, we said that you need to know the rules of the game before you proceed to playing, right? Well, now we are telling you that if you are not sure about the rules of a particular game, you should ask the dealer for advice. Did we confuse you? We meant that you should not dive in the pool if you have no idea how to swim. Once you have learned how to swim-dive-but let the lifeguard save you from drowning. Even professional swimmers are at risk of drowning, you know, i.e., even professionals need help from time to time. Do not be afraid to ask for advice when you need it.

A Beginners Guide to Blackjack – Basic Strategy and Tips

If you’re new to Blackjack, you probably have a lot of questions. If you don’t want to leave the table empty-handed, there are a few things you should know. This stuff is too simple for the pro’s, but every beginner should read this article.

The basics of blackjack

The goal of the game is for your hand to equal 21, called a Blackjack, or have the highest hand closest to 21 without going over. If you go over, you “bust” and lose. And if you have only 13 for example, but the dealers busts, you win. To “hit” means you want the dealer to give you another card. If you don’t want another card and wish to stay where you’re at, you are choosing to “stand.” There are other strategies to playing blackjack such as doubling down, splitting, insurance and surrendering, but those are beyond the basics of blackjack.

Who wins in a tie, me or the dealer?

In almost all casinos, a tie is called a “push,” and the player will get their money back. Nobody loses their money. There are casinos where a tie in Blackjack might result in a loss for the player, but these rules are rare. Make sure you check house rules for tables games wherever you’re playing. If the dealer wins in a push, you shouldn’t be playing at that casino.

What are my odds of winning in a game of Blackjack?

The house usually has an advantage of about 8%. This happens because they are the last player to lay down their card, which gives all other players a chance to bust before it’s the dealers turn. These odds can be reduced by effectively learning the game at an advanced level and understanding the probability of busting based on the cards in your hand and what could still be in the dealer’s hand or the deck. For example, only 30 percent of the deck is worth 10, making the old strategy of assuming the dealer has a 10 useless.

How much money do I need for an afternoon playing Blackjack?

The amount of money you want to spend depends entirely on your budget and the minimum bet of the table you’re playing. Dealers are fast and you can probably fit in about 25 hands in 15 minutes at a full table. At a $5 table, that’s $125 at least. Of course this isn’t taking into consideration any wins. If you just want to play and are looking to get in some decent playing time, consider playing a $1 table, where $50 can have you playing for about a half-hour if all your hands are losses. Obviously, wins will increase your playing time drastically.

What the heck is the dealer saying after I cut a new deck?

This one is funny, because even many experienced blackjack players don’t understand what the dealer is saying when they split a new deck. It happens so fast and casinos are noisy. The dealer is actually calling out “shuffle check” to the pit boss, which indicates that the cards have been cut. This ensures that the deck is not rigged.

A basic strategy to get you started

This is a basic strategy to help you get started understanding blackjack. If your hand equals 12-16 or the dealer has 2-6, it’s called a “stiff” hand. If you and the dealer both have a stiff hand, you should stand. If you have a 17 or better, or the dealer has a 7 and an Ace, it’s called a “Pat” hand. If you have a Pat hand, you should stand. If you have a stiff hand and the dealer has a pat hand, you should hit.