The popularity of casinos and the gambling industry only continue to experience growth. Casinos offer a wide range of games. Some people visit a casino simply to enjoy a night out with friends, while other people are trying to hit the jackpot.
Whatever your reason for visiting a casino, you might not know what to expect the first time you visit. Once you’re in the casino, there is going to be lights, noise, money, chips, and plenty of other people around. It can be quite chaotic and overwhelming!
And if you’re not careful, you could end up spending more money than you intended. So, before you head to the casino, here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
Know the games ahead of time
Depending on the casino, there will be a multitude of games to choose from. Slot machines are popular and an easy way to pass the time. There is little to no strategy for winning a slot machine game, nor do you make decisions that impact other gamblers. However, card games, such as Blackjack or Poker, involve making strategic plays. If you’re planning on gambling on card games while at the casino, review basic strategies ahead of time.
Casinos offer classes
Many beginners don’t realize this, but most casinos offer free classes that can help you learn the basics behind gambling. Once you’re in the casino, check to see what resources they are offering. If they do offer lessons, get your feet wet with some of those before diving into gambling. Not only will these lessons teach you the basics of games such as Roulette, but they’ll also introduce the etiquette of the casino and teach you vocabulary.
Learn the hospitality standards
Before you visit the casino, check to see if the casino offers free drinks or discounts on rooms. If you’re looking for a night out, the idea of visiting a casino that offers free drinks for gamblers could be appealing. Keep in mind not every casino offers free drinks, depending upon what the local laws are. Different casinos have different hospitality standards. Knowing what hospitality a casino offers could help you if you want to visit it.
Familiarize yourself with basic etiquette
There are certain etiquette tips you’ll want to keep in mind when visiting any casino. For example, you should never hand money directly to a dealer. Always put the money on the table. This prevents accusations and also ensures the transaction is caught on camera. Another rule to keep in mind is that you should never count your money at the table. Not only is this considered rude, but it could make you the target of a pickpocket.
Be kind to the staff
The staff relies on tips to earn a living. No matter if it is the dealer or the waitress, offer some sort of tip to those who are serving you. Plus, tipping early in the night could get you better service. Don’t earn a reputation for being a scrooge! Dealers see and hear quite a bit. Check out Rob Berry’s book to learn about the various player and dealer stereotypes you should expect to see while visiting.
Set limits to yourself
It is easy to spend more money than you were intending to spend. You get caught up with gambling or playing the slots and keep telling yourself to play “just one more game”. To prevent yourself from overspending, only take a specific amount of cash with you into the casino. You could always win more while in the casino. However, some people end up spending money that they were saving for bills but never win it back.
Leave when you’re ahead
If you get lucky and end up financially ahead while in the casino, leave! Yes, while it is fun to visit a casino, don’t let yourself fall into the mindset that playing more games means you’ll increase that amount. Remember, there is no guarantee you’ll stay on a winning streak. You could take your chances on additional games, but then find yourself losing that money that you just won. If you want to walk away with some cash, leave when you’re ahead.
Visiting a casino for the first time is exciting! Keep in mind, however, that gambling is very addictive. If you find yourself wanting to visit the casino more and more, even when you don’t have the money, you could be heading into a downward spiral. If you have an addictive personality, avoid the casino.