May 07, 2015
The nights are warming and the days are growing longer; you are feeling that pull of the Jersey Shore. Days on the beach and nights at the tables. Atlantic City is calling your name.
However, you may not be the most experienced gamer, and it’s often easy to point out experienced vs. inexperienced players, based on the way they carry themselves at the gaming table. Being aware of proper casino etiquette can make the gaming experience more pleasurable both for you and for others. It’s all about being relaxed, aware, and respectful. Veteran table players agree that the following basics are key to acting like – and looking like – a true gamer.
Sitting down at a table game without knowing how the game is played – whether it’s blackjack, roulette, poker, or baccarat – can make play tedious for everyone. Before you sit down, wait for a break in the game to find the perfect time to join in. If you don’t know exactly how to play, be upfront to the dealer and let them guide you on the basics. Casinos thrive on customer service so never be hesitant to ask a dealer or management behind the tables for assistance. You also have the option to observe the table from behind until you are ready to join in.
Most casinos today are designed with overhead security cameras, for your safety, and can see the money you lay down – so you must always put your cash on the table, not in the dealer’s hand. And when joining a game, wait until the current hand is finished before you lay your money down.
Photos and videos of casino machines and tables is forbidden by most gaming venues, so it’s best to leave smartphones and cameras at home or in your room.
Both dealers and cocktail servers rely on tips to supplement their hourly wage, so don’t get so caught up in a game that you forget to tip. These folks are here to make your experience a great one. Recognizing good service throughout your play, whether you win or lose, is always appreciated.
Everybody’s at the table to have a good time, so by all means be congenial – but too much chatter can be distracting to both other players and the dealer. Be friendly, introduce yourself, and leave it at that if the table is not ready to handle your outgoing personality.
Good manners count, even if you should lose a hand. A good role of thumb is be prepared to lose graciously, or don’t play at all. And always avoid taking out your disappointment on either other players or the dealer.
Smoking is allowed in most casinos, but not everywhere within the venue, so be respectful of the non-smoking areas. Never touch other players’ chips, and, after placing a bet, don’t touch your wagers once they’re played. Be aware of and respect the table limits, both minimum and maximum, for each table game, as well as the payout limits, if any. Carry a valid I.D. And most important of all, don’t get carried away and play beyond your means.
Remember that, at the end of the day, Atlantic City casinos are places where you’re meant to enjoy yourself, and not be either confused or intimidated. Getting familiar with these and other basic points of etiquette and behavior will go a long way toward making you feel at home, enhancing your visit, and having fun. Win or lose – the sun is still going to come up the next morning so you can grab a bloody and hit the beach!