Remember What Your Parents Taught You About Proper Etiquette? The Rules Also Apply When Gambling

What is casino etiquette? While you were growing up, you probably learned about the rules of etiquette before you learned how to spell it. (If you ever learned how to spell it.) Remember the drill? ” Be polite, have good manners, be courteous and considerate to others, say excuse me.”

The proper rules of etiquette that you learned also applies when you’re doing a little casino gambling. Especially during peak times when you find yourself bobbing and weaving through the crowds while trying to get to you favorite slot machines or table games. But courtesy doesn’t end there. There are also rules of casino etiquette to follow during play. Here they are:

When Playing the Machines

Whether you’re playing slot machines, video poker, video keno, or any other machine game never play more than one machine at a time when it’s crowded. Always give others a chance to play. When it is very crowded, casinos may post signs throughout the slot floor requesting that players play only one machine at a time.

If you need a break, you can step away for a brief period of time. In the old days an empty coin bucket over the handle reserved your slot machine. Today the coin buckets and most handles are gone. Leave a personal item such as a jacket or sweater on the seat. Players will get the message that it is taken. NEVER leave anything valuable and ALWAYS cash out and collect your credit ticket before leaving.

Sometimes players will accidentally leave their Players Club cards in the machine. If you find one remove it and eave it visible at the machine where the previous player can easily find it. You can also turn it in to the Players Club booth.

Tipping is always up to the player(s) but if you are lucky enough to hit a jackpot that requires a hand payout by an attendant it’s customary to give them a small tip. About 1% is the norm. For example, a $10 tip for a $1,000 jackpot is fine. You will be paid in the following denominations: Nine $100 bills, four $20’s, one $10 ant two $5’s (hint hint).

When Playing Table Games

All table games have a small poster listing the minimum and maximum bets allowed. Usually the increments are $5, $10, $15, $25, and $100. Higher minimums are usually found in high limit rooms. To avoid embarrassment, always check before taking a seat.

If you see an empty seat at a table, check with the dealer first to see if the spot is open. A player may be on a bathroom break or another player may be playing more than one hand at a time. This is common in Blackjack and other table games. Unlike slots, a Pit Boss is not so eager to restrict play to single hands only, especially if the multi-bettors are wagering high amounts.

Once you are seated wait until a round is finished before making a buy in. Never hand your money to the dealer. Just place it front of you with your players card and specify the denomination of chips (checks) you want. Only put the amount of money you want to play with on the table. Dealers cannot make change.

During play never give advice to other players. If a player asks you how to make a certain type of wager, it’s permissible to explain how. Sometimes during Blackjack novice players hit when they should stand and vice versa. This is frustrating to a seasoned player but it’s best to keep mum.

Following these simple rules of etiquette should make your visit to the casino more enjoyable.

Good Luck!

If You’re Gambling, Do It Right – When You’re Well Enough Ahead, Take the Money and Run

If you want to become a responsible gambler, try to exercise some discipline when you’re winning so you can leave a winner. It takes self control but believe me, you’ll feel a lot better when your cash out ticket(s) and/or chips tally up to a larger sum than what you walked in with.

The late Frank Lefty Rosenthal, a sports handicapper whose real life character was portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the movie Casino, once said during an interview, “When you’re gambling, it’s not hard to win, it’s hard to quit.”

If you have a circle of friends who visit casinos, you probably heard these responses time and time again when you asked, “how did you make out at the casino?” And with some hesitation it’s usually, “Well, we did OK.” Or,” We’re about even.” And then there’s, “I had a good run in blackjack but I lost it all on the slots”. Sometimes you’ll hear, “My husband won a little but I lost a lot.” Then there’s the best one all, “Hey, what the heck, we didn’t expect to win, we were just out for a good time.”

Just because your entertainment dollars are part of your disposable income doesn’t mean that you have to dispose of it so quickly at the casino. Sure you’re going to lose occasionally, but there are times when you’re going to win.

We’ve all seen casino advertisements that brag about their loose machines and generous odds. They boast about paying millions in winnings to players.That may be true but that does not mean that all those winnings ever left the casino.

Here are a few tips for you when it may be time to ponder, should I Take the Money and Run?

Before Playing

  • Keep your gambling dollars separate from your other money.
  • Set a win goal and a loss limit such as:
  1. Win Goal – When your session buy-in amount is doubled
  2. Loss Limit – When your session buy-in amount is lost

When Playing

When your in the casino and ready to play, think about trying the following with your budget:

YOUR MACHINE BUDGET – Consider dividing it into separate sessions. For example, if you’re playing three credit quarter slots with a $100 budget, break it up into five $20 deposits instead of putting the entire hundred into the machine. If you hit a payout or payouts that double deposit amount, ($40) Cash out the ticket right away. Take a little break before you continue gaming.You’ll feel good with that extra $20 in your pocket or purse when you’re not playing.

YOUR TABLE BUDGET – Consider buying in for at least 20 times the table minimum for each session. For example, buy-in for $200 at a $10 minimum blackjack table. The same applies when playing other card games, roulette, or craps. While playing, try separating the chips that you won from the buy-in chips. Only bet with the original units. If you’re having a decent run and the winning stack is at least double the buy-in, tip your friendly dealer and say goodnight. If you lose the $200, just say bye bye!

Remember, the house edge always belongs to the casino over the long term. When there’s an opportunity to pick up winnings in the short run, take advantage of it. Remember, responsible gambling money management is to Take the Money and Run! Good Luck!

Making Money Gambling: Is it Possible?

Have you ever downloaded gambling software? If you have I’m sure you know now what most of these do – Eat away your wallet.

But now a day everyone is talking about ‘beating the game’ and winning. There is now a ‘system’ that will let you win in Blackjack, Poker and Baccarat. They claim by using a simple system you can win big at the casinos.

Let me tell you one thing: Casinos aren’t set-up to give away money. They’re set-up to take away money. If a casino is giving away money it’ll be gone within a few hours. That’s why the casinos you play at, which are still here, take more money in than they give out.

However, that’s in the long run. You may be lucky, and you might be able to take out more money from the casino then you took in. If so, you’re lucky.

Winning big at the casinos doesn’t happen often. You might win a few dollars but that’s just an investment the casino makes so that you’ll be back to lose some more dollars. Every bet you play, you’re thinking that the next one you’ll win. If that is so, you might be addicted and that is the worst thing that can happen.

Play responsibly. Those ‘beat the casino’ systems might work – but remember this:

If I bet $10 today at the casino, win, and then bet tomorrow $100, win, and then bet $1 000, win and bet again and again, then one day I have to lose. And when I lose I’ll lose everything.

That’s why I say the casino makes an investment in you. When you win, that makes you happy and people like to feel happy. That is why you’ll be back and try to multiply that feeling of happiness 10 times more (because humans are greedy), and then ultimately we lose.

In the end, it’s always more lucrative owning the casino than playing in it. However, if you play for fun, with reasonable amounts and use strategy, than that’s healthy. In one of the gaming sites I own (www.RoxterGames.com – Casino Games &

Internet Bet Portal [http://www.roxtergames.com]), almost all the games can be beaten if people would stop and think using strategy. That’s because I operate a small low-budget gaming/betting website. At the big casinos it’s much harder to win using strategy, but it’s probably not impossible.

Remember, gambling is good when you wager reasonable amounts and play smart. Think strategy and play for fun. Playing like this will make you happier in the long run than winning before losing big.

The Day I Decided To Stop Gambling With Gamblers Anonymous

Everything was going perfect for me in life. Good job, good home, good life and good friends. Until one day some friends asked if I wanted to go to the casino. By the time I realized it, three years of my life were gone and I was in debt. It was time to quit.

The day I decided to stop gambling I was depressed and relieved at the same time. I couldn’t go on any longer. I thought all my hopes and dreams were shattered. I couldn’t tell anybody what I was going through. I was afraid that they would be disappointed in me. I remember the first day. I was nervous and anxious. I had a hard time focusing at work. This was not my first time trying to quit. I was sure I really wanted to quit, but wasn’t sure if I could quit.

The day I decided to quit I had no where to turn. I found it was difficult to talk to my family and friends about my problem. I began to do research and found Gamblers Anonymous. I wanted to give Gamblers Anonymous a try. I happened to have met a lot of nice people there. They welcomed me into the group and made me feel comfortable. I had tears coming down my face and my anxiety kicked in. I was very quiet buy my emotions were running wild inside. I made it through my first meeting and was somewhat looking forward to the next one. As each week passed new members would join and others would disappear. This became a weekly event. Who was going to come back and who was going to stay?

I continued to go to my Gamblers Anonymous meeting on a weekly basis. I was always afraid some one would recognize me. The turn over was extraordinary. Each week as I entered the meeting my heart began to race until I was sure I didn’t know any of the new members. It was the tenth week and an old co-worker of mine walked through the doors. We hadn’t worked together for over ten years. I thought about leaving but I decided to stay and try and work it out. Unfortunately he did not keep the Gamblers Anonymous code. He had told a friend who told another friend until it got back to me. It was unfortunate, but I dealt with it and moved on.

I and others unfortunately had other situations occur that were not very positive for us at Gamblers Anonymous. I still thank them for putting me on the road to recovery. From the first time I entered Gamblers Anonymous and followed up with the website I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/

I believe I am on the road to recovery. I take one day at a time and allow myself the option to gamble or not to gamble. This helped me to take control of my life. By allowing myself to make the choice the amount of stress on me has been significantly reduced.

A month after I stopped going to Gamblers Anonymous meetings, I ran into one of the members. He was curious at how I was doing and asked me if I would be there next week? I told him I would try and make the meeting. I popped in a few times more to tell them how I was doing. They were all glad to see me, but I wasn’t in compliance with the rules of Gamblers Anonymous, so I decided not to go back. In this particular group I attended, they have rules that do not allow a member to comment during therapy if they did not attend four consecutive weekly meetings. I respected their rules but realized it was time to move on. I told the group and thanked them very much for putting me in the right direction and left.

After this experience I created a website that would allow people to be themselves as they recover. This site is also the closest to anonymous you can get. There you will also find a private stop gambling chat room and a self help manual to help gamblers stop compulsive gambling addiction. The website is I Stopped Gambling So Can You http://www.istoppedgambling.com/.

My experience from Gamblers Anonymous meetings to now has helped me to stop gambling. I stopped so can you!