‘If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes and the quitting time.’
Casinos can be a great source of entertainment, excitement and competition. However, if you’re visiting a casino for the first time, they can also be quite intimidating. The constant noise of slot machines, yelling gamblers, confusing games, and inscrutable pit bosses can easily make the average person turn and walk right out through the front doors. However, knowing just a few tips and tricks can easily turn that trepidation around and help you maximize your fun.
Whether you are visiting one of the hundreds of casinos in glorious Las Vegas, popping into a local casino in your hometown, or traveling to an Indian casino situated on a reservation, you can use these tips to walk in a more knowledgeable patron. Many people make the mistake of thinking they have to be a gambler to have fun at the casino, but this simply isn’t the case. Gamblers and non-gamblers alike can always find something fun to do as long as they know where to look.
Of course, those who like to play games and wager some money will find even more adventure, especially if they’re willing to be adventurous. Many table games seem frightening, but knowing just a bit about how to play the game makes them much more approachable. Depending on the stakes, they can even allow you to play longer and on less money than even the penny slot machines. Ready to find out how you can have a great time when you visit a casino? Read on!
It doesn’t matter if you’re never planning to return to the casino, you should always sign up for their rewards card as soon as you walk in. Some casinos will give you free money to play with just for signing up, and every time you play or buy something in the casino, you earn points. The best part comes after you leave. You’ll get offers in the mail for free food, free gambling money, and even discounted or free rooms for the next time you visit.
One of the best things about casinos is that they are always open. ALWAYS. I’ve been to casinos on Christmas day, at three in the morning, and every other time and day you can imagine. Unlike most establishments, you never have to check when they open or close or if their doors are open on a holiday. If you want to go to the casino, rest assured they are open and want to see you.
Depending on where you’re playing, you may get free drinks (alcoholic and non) simply for sitting at a table or slot machine. This applies to every casino in Vegas, though isn’t as prevalent in other locations. Note that you have to actually be playing, not just watching, and that waitresses are much more likely to come around again if you tip them.
If you’re playing a table game in a casino that does not offer everyone free drinks, you can request that the dealer or pit boss ‘comp us a round’, which means everyone at the table gets a free drink. If you’ve been nice to the dealers and have been tipping them, or if you’ve been losing a lot, they’re usually happy to do so. Make sure you tip the waitresses and thank the pit boss or dealer for their generosity!
For some reason, most people associate casino cuisine with buffets. While almost every casino I’ve been in has a buffet, they also usually have a fine dining restaurant as well. The nicer restaurants tend to be tucked back in a corner, away from all the noise and bustle. You can get a gourmet meal at most casinos, which just makes the experience all the better.
If you’ve got a player’s card and you’ve done some gambling, you’ll probably receive dining coupons that can be used at any of the casino restaurants, including the fine dining establishments. I’ve received half off coupons that can be used on food and beverages, and saved over $75 on a meal—and I’m not even a big gambler! It definitely pays to get that card.