Casino Guide - The P’s and Q’s of Playing at a Casino

Casino Guide - The P’s and Q’s of Playing at a Casino - Canada CasinoTop Element 02Have you ever walked into a Casino and been so overwhelmed by the bright lights, the colour and the sweet sound of the dice hitting the tables that you get so excited you can’t think of anything else but quickly getting started on your favourite game? Well those of you who have been to casino’s before, whether it be Casino Niagara in ON or Casino de Montreal in QC, you’re going to need to remember the following codes of conduct you should be aware of before setting both feet inside your favourite casino. Some of the common guidelines we’re going to cover in this blog post include some of the following:

  1. Casino dress code
  2. How to join the table
  3. Table etiquette
  4. Dealing with the dealer
  5. Cell phone use

Keep reading to understand what you should and shouldn’t do next time you head to your favourite Canadian casino!

Casino Guide - The P’s and Q’s of Playing at a Casino - Canada CasinoTop Banner 01Behaviour Guide

Gambling was legalized in Canada in 1969 following the introduction of regulated lotteries and has 10 provinces and 3 territories which regulate gambling individually. Regardless of whether your choice of gambling centre or casino is private or run by the government, all the same rules still apply. In fact, this will stand you in good stead no matter where you choose to play around the world. All casinos tend to have camera’s fitted as well as security guards roaming around so don’t be alarmed by this as it’s standard across the board. The best piece of advice we can give is to try and look like your part of the furniture, that is, not an amateur! Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll slip passed without anyone noticing your presence.

1. Casino Dress Code

Canadian casinos actually like guests to come dressed in casual attire, however, this does NOT mean you should come dressed in your flip flops and sun cap! We’d recommend you opt for something semi-casual so at least you look comfortable but respectable. You’ll also almost always find a place to check in your coat which is convenient!

2. Don’t leave your manners at home

As hard as this might be if you have just lost, please always keep in in mind that you should remain polite at all times. It’s easy to get carried away and potentially forget your manners when dealing with people around you. For example, if you are winning, try not to yell, stay cool, calm and collected at ALL TIMES. Also, keep track of your loonies so you know how much you can afford to lose and wager, avoiding any unnecessary stress.

3. Watch and Observe Before you Join a Game

Before you sit down to play, it’s important that you take some time to watch a few hands at a few table games to ensure you understand the basics and then come up with a strategy of your own. Once you’ve got that in place, you’ll feel you’re in a better place to sit and play confidently. Just remember to always be conscious of what the min and max bets are for each table as they are always different.

4. Don’t sit and watch for too long

But make sure you don’t sit and watch for a long period of time if all you want to do is observe people. Always stand behind your friends if you are coming to support their game as seats at the table are only reserved for people who actually want to play. If you’re still unsure of whether you’re ready, we’d recommend playing some of the table games at online casinos till you are ready.

5. Always Ask Before Sitting at the Table

Newbies are usually stuck to find the right game or one they want to play. Once you decide on a table you want to sit at, please ask them if you are O.K. to join the game.

6. Keep your money, honey

Okay, this might sound obvious, but you wouldn’t believe the number of people who get this one wrong! You should NEVER hand your loonies or chips over to the dealer as they are not allowed to handle them. Chips must be put straight on the table and this is the only way they will be accepted. You also can’t change your mind once they are on the table so you need to make sure you stick with the amount you have bet once they are down.

7. Talking to the Dealer

Try to refrain from talking to the dealer too much. You’re allowed to ask one or two questions (between hands is best) but you should stop there as other players are trying to concentrate on their strategy so it could people off and that is unfair. If the dealer was helpful, it would be a good idea to tip them.

8. Slot Player Etiquette

You should always consider other players around you, even when you are playing by yourself on the slot machines. If you ever need to go to the bathroom, it’s customary to leave something of a personal nature on your sear that indicates the machine is currently in use, and likewise if you ever see this, you need to honor and respect the player by not sitting down to play. You should also tip the slot attendant should they hold a machine for you. Another thing to remember is that you can’t play on multiple slot machines when the casino is busy - but you should normally see a sign advising you as to whether it is a peak time.

9. Cell Phone Use at Tables

If it’s too tempting a thing, we recommend turning your cell phone off, leaving it at home or in the car as it’s unethical to use it during gameplay. Not only is it rude, but it can also disrupt other players and most croupiers will probably ask you to turn it off if they see you using it while playing. If there is an urgent matter you need to attend to, then move away from the table to answer or make your call between games.

Ready, Set, Go!

Right! Well, you’re all set to go and have some fun now that you have all the common rules down pat. Keep an eye on other players if you’re ever in doubt and good luck on your next gameplay from all of us at CasinoTop.

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