Casual casino-goers may not realize there’s a universal code of etiquette that nearly all casinos follow—but there is, and it will separate the pros from the amateurs. In order to get the best of your visit to a casino, be it a big-shot high-roller in Vegas or a small-town operation in the middle of nowhere, keeping these simple tips in mind will keep you off casinos’ blacklists and have you walking out knowing you’ll be welcomed back.
You may be surprised, but much of casino etiquette revolves around kids. In general, it’s considered bad etiquette to bring your child along, especially if they’re under ten. Children who are older are often allowed into casino restaurants, but many casinos ban anyone under the legal age—and, arguably, for good reason! Casinos are loud, bright, and have lots of unusual stimuli that can easily upset children.
So, if you want a night out, hire a babysitter—and convince other members of your party to as well! Most casinos won’t kick and your kids out if they don’t have a posted age limit, but a whining child can be a disturbance to other guests, and you may be asked to step outside.
This should be an obvious tip: don’t be obnoxious. Casinos like it when you drink their alcohol, but they don’t like it when you get rowdy. Getting drunk and shouting is one of the fastest ways to get yourself booted, so manage your alcohol intake and be sure to stick with your group if you are drinking, so they can keep an eye on you. And, of course, don’t hit on the bartenders. Or the dealers. It won’t get you anywhere except back out in the parking lot.
Speaking of groups, they’re usually considered a positive when you go to a casino. Groups of five to eight people are normal, and if you are with a bigger group and are going to need tables, it’s polite to call ahead and make sure the casino has room for you. Even if calling for a group of ten sounds a little ridiculous, the casino manager will appreciate it.
When you get to the casino, stick with your group, but, as always, be polite. Don’t swarm machines or tables, and be sure you’re not blocking walking paths if you’re grouped around one machine. Groups are great business for casinos—rude groups are not.
The most important thing to keep in mind while you’re at a casino is money. There’s more etiquette about money than anything else, but the biggest of it can be summed up thus: watch your money, but don’t count it.