Casino Etiquette: the dos and don'ts


Having fun and winning money are just two of the things we expect when we head to a casino. But, it's not just all fun and games. There are actually a number of rules that players need to be mindful of to ensure the fun keeps on coming.

For those heading to a land-based casino for the first time, things are a little different to online venues. So, to help you out, we're going to cover a few of the basic rules you'll need to know to keep your night, and everyone else's, fun.

Note that there’s local differences. In many conservative countries there’s generally going to be stricter rules. In Sweden for example, the government runs all the casinos known as Casino Cosmopol. You need to moderate your behavior in their facilities, according to the Swedish casino portal In other more relaxed countries there will not be as strict. But there are some general things to think about before you enter a casino and things that generally apply regardless of where you are.

What should you do?

As a starting point, it's important not to forget that you're always being observed in a land-based venue. Brick and mortar casinos have cameras everywhere so that they can watch you. There are also security guards and pit bosses. This is standard procedure so shouldn't put you off.

One of the main tricks though is to not behave like a novice as soon as you enter. To help you along, here are some ways to behave that will help you blend in.

Appropriate dress

To fit in, you don't need to go the all-out glamour route. All you need is to look at least partly formal. You don't need a floor-length gown or a tuxedo though, otherwise, you'll stand out as a try-hard!

Be Polite

If you're used to playing online, you probably won't have had to actually deal or interact with anyone else. At a land-based casino, that's all you do. With that in mind, it's important to remain polite with both the dealer and the players near you. Although it can be hard, you need to retain a calm demeanor whether you are winning or losing. Keep your voice down and remain calm no matter how you're faring.

Learn the rules

If you're new and don't entirely know the process, it can be a good idea to simply stand by a table and watch a few rounds. In this way, you can get the hang of it before trying to start playing. You'll have a lot more fun if you actually know what you're doing before you start betting. Better still, learn the rules before you arrive. Importantly, you will need to understand the minimum and maximum bets at a table, so know where to find this information before you take a seat.

Understanding Casino Jargon

As part of learning how to play, it's a good idea to understand the general casino language. If you're a new player, using the right words will impress those around you, or at least not show anyone that you're new to all of this. This can also extend to understanding hand signals from the dealer so that you know when to bet.

A few other important do's include understanding the chips and their values. It's also good to know how to cash in and out when needed. Finally, you should check to see the situation about tipping. It's not required but is always appreciated, especially if you're sticking at a table for a long time.

What should you avoid?

We've taken a look at some do's, but there are some equally important don'ts too.

Avoid asking for advice

While it may be very tempting to get someone to help you out, don't. You should never discuss any strategy you have with the dealer or the other players at the table. You should focus on your game while you are playing

Phone etiquette

Of course, it's exciting being in a casino, especially if this is the first time. However, when you're at a table, put the phone away. You shouldn't be playing with a phone at the table simply because it's unethical. On top of that, it's downright rude, and you can distract the other players from their game.

Usually, you will be asked by the dealer to turn off your phone during a game. If you need to take a call, just leave the table between rounds.

Staying quiet and sober

As we mentioned before, it's a big deal to remain quiet. It can be tempting to get loud, especially if you win, but this is not exactly encouraged. When at a table you should converse quietly, take victories calmly, and avoid yelling at the dealer if you lose. Once the game is over, then you can get loud.

Following on from this, while casinos are there for you to drink and have fun, avoid getting too drunk. Not only will it make you louder, but it will also affect your game potentially resulting in more losses.

No touching

Finally, it's important to remember that you can't touch the chips once they are placed on the table as a bet. Consider your bet carefully before you place them. Similarly, most games don't require much interaction, so don't touch the cards on the table either.

Additional rules include not taking someone's place or borrowing money from other players. If you follow these rules, you'll have a great time out.