It's embarrassing to sit down to play casino blackjack
for the first time as I once did, pick your cards
up and find everyone staring at you as the dealer
snaps, "Please don't handle the cards, Sir."
We are compiling a list of things you need to know
in advance, in order to avoid embarrassment and enjoy
your casino experience with confidence, whichever
games you choose to play.
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June 18th 2005
I am a Table Games dealer and one suggestion I have
is regarding roulette. People playing colour on the
outside bets really slows the game down and can make
it frustrating for other players who prefer a faster
Most dealers also find it extremely frustrating for
the same reason. Usually if a player is playing the
outsides they are playing one or two bets, so there
is no need for colour as it is easy to remember which
bets are yours.
To explain further, colour chips are chips that only
one person has to differentiate one person's bet from
another. When people play colour chips on the 'outside
bets' (eg Black/Red, Odd/Even, High/Low) it adds to
the number of denominations on the layout and significantly
slows the payouts on the outside bets since the dealer
must now make up five or six denomiantions in the
work area before paying, instead of just going out
with a stack of, for example, five dollar chips in
I often have patrons complain that these people
slow the game down a lot, as they cannot take their
winnings until all the outside bets are paid. Colour
chips are also not necessary on the outside bets as
people are often making just the one or two bets which
are easy to keep track of. Colour is designed specifically
for the 'inside' bets.
Casino poker etiquette
Don't say anything about the cards during a live
hand, whether or not you are in it. You might give
away information that hurts another player in the
Never take your cards off the table, even if you
have folded. They must be on the table and visible
at all times.
Do not show any emotion as new cards are turned up
after folding your hand, as you may give information
that can hurt players still in the pot. Wait until
after the hand is finished to tell how you folded
the winning cards.
In a poker tournament you should keep your higher
denomination chips in front or clearly visible so
it is easy for other players to count your stack.
Never talk to people who are not at your table during
a hand in which your cards are live, especially by
mobile phone! This is not just bad etiquette, it can
see your hand declared dead.
Don't let your bets sloppily interact with the chips
in the pot. This is called splashing the pot.
If someone is contemplating a tough decision during
no limit play, don't call time on them until they
have taken at least a couple of minutes over the decision.
Be sensitive to the circumstances. If there is a lot
of cash at stake or a pot that could decide a tournament
you should cut them some extra slack.
Don't gloat over large wins or make the losing player
feel worse than they already do, like some of the
idiots on TV.
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