Whilst the emergence of the online casino has done wonders for young and inexperienced gamblers alike, it has also caused its fair share of problems. This is especially the case when these keyboard warriors decide to make the transition from online to offline. It is undeniably beneficial to hone your gambling skills online before entering the high-pressure environment of a land-based casino but, in some cases, the lack of experience in these environments and the lack of knowledge surrounding etiquette can lead to trouble.
When spinning the online roulette table or flipping digital cards, the way you conduct yourself does not matter that much. Not only are the majority of players’ reactions and behaviour hidden behind a computer screen but questionable conduct, within these more limited interactions, are generally more tolerated because of the nature of the format. However, in land-based casinos, particularly those of a more historic or traditional nature, the manner in which you conduct yourself is much more important. Higher standards are expected.
Therefore, to help those entering the land-based casino world for the first time, here are some helpful tips to ensure that you are a gentleman in this new and exciting gambling landscape.
Don’t Bend The Rules
When gambling online, it is very difficult to play fast and loose with the rules. The digital apparatuses in place intrinsically prohibit this. However, in land-based casinos it is far easier to unfairly use the real world setting to your advantage. Hollywood star Ben Affleck was recently banned for life from the Hard Rock in Vegas for counting cards. Let Ben be a lesson to you. Trying to get an unfair advantage is not only morally wrong but will likely end in your quick, and shameful, exit from your establishment of choice! However, there are plenty of casino education resources online that can help you understand and master the rules of casino games. So, there is absolutely no reason at all to cheat at casinos.
Do Dress For The Occasion
Even if a casino does not have a dress-code, why come to such a historically classy and cool location and not dress to impress. Even a casual blazer or sharp shirt will not only make you feel more confident and assured but it will certainly enhance the impression you give to your fellow gamblers. Moreover, if you are a poker fiend, do not be afraid to wear sunglasses or other forms of expression shielding accessory. You may feel silly, but many top pros swear by this method and it is a perfectly acceptable addition to your strategy.
Don’t Trash Talk
When you are separated from your opponents by vast cyberspace, it is easy to let your mouth run wild. Moreover, when playing a relaxed game of poker with friends, it is okay to let the banter flow. However, when playing against strangers in a land-based casino, such verbal sparring is not appropriate in most instances. Many players like to remain completely silent to retain their poker face and it is both unfair and rude to try and disrupt this. Whilst some would argue this underhand tactic is fair game, for most it is wholly unacceptable.
Do Have A Drink
Whilst it is not recommended that you drink heavily whilst gambling, one or two drinks will not only add to your enjoyment but might actually improve your chances. Taking the edge off your nerves, and somewhat diluting the pressure on you without dulling your mental sharpness, is something a well-shaken martini can give you. After all, if it works for James Bond…