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Playing Etiquette Applies to Casino Gambling

26 July 2006

You wouldn't drive off the tee while another foursome was still on the fairway, nor would you make your approach on the bowling lane at the same time the player to your right was lining up a shot.

Proper playing protocol counts in casino gambling, too. Knowing how to play the games isn't enough. There are accepted rules of etiquette that one must observe to make the playing experience as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Here are some tips for craps and roulette players.

Rules of Etiquette for Craps:

  1. Contrary to what you may have seen in movies or on TV, never cheer for the number 7 or even utter its name. Even though 7 is a winner on the come out roll, it causes too much damage during the course of the game. Craps players, being a very superstitious lot, always refer to 7 as "red" or "big red."
  2. Keep your hands away from the layout when you see the stickman push the dice to the shooter. Dealers often caution abusers of this rule with the admonition "hands high." If the dice happen to hit your hand and a 7-out is rolled, be prepared for some evil eyes.
  3. Refrain from spontaneously placing chips on the layout and giving betting instructions to the dealer haphazardly. Dealers take instructions from players in order, just as they pay the players in order.
  4. Don't hog space at the table. Spreading out all over is inconsiderate to others who want to join the game.
  5. Remember to tip courteous and efficient dealers. If you want to make a hard-way bet for them, for example, toss in your chips to the stickman and say "give me a two-way." The stickman will then know one chip is for you and the other one for crew.

Rules of Etiquette for Roulette:

  1. Never pick up winning chips from the layout or start to make wagers until the dealer has settled all winning bets and has picked up and removed the marker from the previous winning number.
  2. Don't take roulette chips away from the table or tip cocktail waitresses with them. They have value only at the game. When you're ready to leave the table, slide them over to the dealer and ask him to "color" (convert) them into negotiable casino chips.
  3. Exhibit courtesy to your fellow players when placing your wagers. Many arms and hands are in motion at a crowded table. Make your moves at the right time and in turn. The dealer has a good sense of the tempo of the game and knows when to drop the ball.
  4. Again, don't hog space. Keep your chips in front of you and your elbows off the table so there will be enough room for everyone who wants to play.
  5. It's customary to tip the dealer a chip or two after you've won a "straight up" bet on a number, but you can also ask the dealer what his or her lucky number is and place a bet for them on that number. Nothing makes a roulette dealer happier than to win 35 to 1 on a tip wager.
John G. Brokopp

John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

Books by John G. Brokopp:

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