Know the Casino Basics

People playing at a casino

Who was it who said, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do?” In the same token, when you are in a casino in Las Vegas don’t come in a tuxedo no matter how glitzy and glamorous the joint is. Informal or casual wear will do. Come in jeans, T-shirts and sneakers if you feel comfortable in that outfit. The dress code in almost all casinos is any attire that is clean and decent. The following are valuable tips on casino customs that the first timer will find useful when he makes that trip to Las Vegas.

Some gaming jurisdictions prohibit casinos to serve alcoholic drinks to casino patrons; that is why much casinos in these areas charge for alcoholic beverages. However, coffee, soft drinks, and other non-alcoholic drinks are served free of charge to playing customers. Whether you are served alcoholic or soft drinks, it is appropriate to tip the server a dollar or a few quarters.

Before you sit down at a table game or in front of a slot machine, be sure you are aware of their betting requirements. The denomination of the slots is indicated on the video screen of the video poker and glass panel in the case of a slot machine. Table games, on the other hand, have color-coded signs indicating the minimum and maximum bets. The color-coding usually corresponds to the color that identifies the denomination of a casino chip. Even then, there are quite a few casinos that do not follow any color-coding in their signages, so the safest thing to do is to read these signs before you sit down to play.

If you need to change your money for casino chips, you can do this at the table by playing your money on top of the table layout and politely ask the dealer to change your money to chips. After giving you the corresponding chips, the dealer will insert your money into a locked drop box.

If you still have enough chips on hand, and you wish to leave the table, you can cash your chips at the cashier’s cage because the dealer does not have access to money. However, you can ask the dealer to “color up” your chips, which means that he will change your small denomination chips with large denomination chips so that you don’t have to carry so many small denomination chips on the way to the cashier’s cage.

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