Whether you’re a full-time resident of London or you’re simply paying a visit to the city, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a visit to the casino while you’re there. With more than 20 different venues to choose from, there is a casino to suit everyone in this beautiful city.
However, if you’re used to rolling the dice online then you may need to brush up on some of the rules of etiquette before you visit. After all, you don’t want your evening to be ruined just because you wore the wrong shoes!
Although London isn’t going to rival Vegas on the casino front any time soon, it still offers a first-class gaming experience in some of the coolest casinos around. So, if you’re planning to pay a visit soon, check out these dos and don’ts to make sure that you are up to speed with casino etiquette before you go.
Although casinos might well be open until the early hours, with some operating a relaxed dress code around the clock, it doesn’t mean that all casinos are like this.
It’s always a good idea to check the dress code for the establishment before you visit so that you can be sure that you are dressed appropriately. Shirts and smart shoes are usually par for the course, so don’t expect to turn up in your trainers and get in!
Know your game
When it comes to playing live games in a brick and mortar establishment, it pays to know your game before you start playing. The best way to achieve this is to get some practice in online before you go, so that you can get the hang of the rules and how the game works.
Slots are a great introduction to playing games at the casino and with the rise of the online gaming industry, there are slots to suit almost everyone. From those who prefer the more classic slots to some TV-themed slot games such as Vikings and CSI, or films such as Ted or Robocop.
Whichever game you choose to practice before you go, just make sure that you understand the basics so that you can hit the ground running when you get to the casino.
Play it cool
Playing games at the casino can soon get pretty exciting. Whether you’ve found yourself playing some high stakes or you’re suddenly on a persistent losing streak, it’s all about keeping your head and playing it cool. So outbursts of anger or excitement can be distracting for other people in the casino, so try to stay calm and manage your emotions before they get out of control.
Avoid getting into arguments with dealers or other players and keep big wins to yourself – well at least until you get home anyway!
Learn to tip
It’s worth finding out before you visit whether the dealers are allowed to accept tips. A lot of the time, a dealer’s income is heavily based on how many tips they get in a night, so it’s always good practice to make sure you tip your dealer whenever you get up to leave a table. You don’t have to leave huge amounts, a few pounds here and there will usually suffice.
The whole process of buying and handling chips can seem daunting to a casino novice, but there are a few simple rules to remember to make it easier. Firstly, don’t directly hand cash over to the dealer when you want to buy chips, simply lay your money on the table and they will take care of the rest. Remember never to move or touch another player’s chips and if you’re playing roulette, remember the colour of your chips so that you don’t get confused with other players.
Turn your phone off
Not only are phones super distracting for you and other players, they can also be considered a way of cheating. To be on the safe side, turn your phone off in the casino and avoid using it until you leave.
The most important rule of all, though, is to relax and enjoy yourself! Sure, there are a few rules to remember but the main thing is that you have fun while you’re there. Otherwise, what’s the point in going? Enjoy!