3 Tips for Casino Etiquette

Casinos are a great place to visit, and try to win big... but also a breeding ground for unmannerly behavior. Modern Manners Guy explains when it might be best to fold 'em.

Richie Frieman
6-minute read
Episode #310

This past weekend, three friends and I flew to Las Vegas to strike it rich. The American Dream, right? However, the only thing I scored big on was buffets (on a side note, the buffet at The Wynn Casino is probably what heaven is like.) Hardly the “Jackpot lifestyle” I had hoped for.>

Whether you like gambling or not (I, for one, am NOT a big gambler), the one thing I believe everyone can agree with is that casinos are a breeding ground for unmannerly behavior. Not the luxury hotels, glamorous spas, million dollar pools or celebrity restaurants-- I mean the actual casinos themselves. Oh… dear… Lord… where have all the manners gone? So, before you double down on that Jack, check out my top 3 quick and dirty tips for proper casino etiquette.

Tip #1: Know When To Fold Them

In “The Gambler,"  Kenny Rogers sings this very important life lesson: “You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”  Well, on my recent trip, I had many opportunities to fold and walk away before things went south.

To me, the highs of winning were nothing close to the lows of losing, so knowing when to walk away was, and is, rather easy for me. I mean, my “limit” of $10 a hand isn’t exactly what they make movies about! I would like to say that I “bet it all” on one hand, or hit the big jackpot on my last dollar, but my life is not a movie. Sorry, Hollywood.

So with a lot of time to kill while others gambled for enormous payouts, I spent my time people-watching, and realized there is a thin line between knowing when to hit on 15 or, as the Gambler says, to “walk away."

Not being a seasoned gambler, my $100 losses aren't as tough to deal with as someone losing $1,000 or $10,000, but a “loss” is still a loss. And it hurts both financially, as well as emotionally. Some would say the latter is more extreme. With that, you have to figure out how willing you are to take the more-likely lows with the rare highs.

So while I was enjoying my complimentary watered-down casino drinks, it dawned on me that many people don’t know that limit. I understand the lure of riches clouds our judgment, but it’s highly improper to believe that in an instant, your life will change, thanks to a casino.  When people forget this fact, they push themselves to dangerous edges, and everything about their demeanor changes. People get madder, get violent even, or worse, lash out at those around them verbally or physically. This is a sign of a more serious problem.

When you witness this, you have to remember what Rogers said and simply, “walk away." If someone around you improperly understands the concept of mature gambling, they will likely not care about your wellbeing. And if you are the one that is caught in the casino’s web of false promises, it’s time to cash your chips, and truly think about your current situation over a calm cup of coffee.


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Richie Frieman

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