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Do’s and Don’ts Playing in Casinos?

Discussion in 'Casino Gaming' started by Alondra Ramirez, Jul 28, 2022.

  1. Alondra Ramirez

    Alondra Ramirez Newbie

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    Hi all!

    this week will be my first time EVER playing at a casino. I have been reading your threads and I am getting a bit of understanding of the places to go and what to look for. Could I have some general advice on Do’s and Dont’s for playing at Casinos in Las Vegas?

    Thank you all so much in advance <3
     
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  2. ReTriggerMe

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    Don't be intimidated. Especially at tables...ask alot of questions, dealers are helpful, and other players like to help too
     
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  3. SoCalMon

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    Dont rub the screen while playing because it does not do anything lol. Also do not try to stop the reels in the middle of the spin because it does not change the outcome. Once you hit the spin button, whatever is going to land is going to land. Enjoy the slot and have a good time. If a slot does not pay within a certain number of spins, get off and go to another machine. You want something where you can last a while, not money hungry. Also, play with your players card at all times because you want to start getting offers in the mail for free rooms and free play for your next trip. Some casinos require hotel stay to use free play. Mlife (Mandalay Bay, luxor, new york new york, MGM Grand, Park MGM, aria, bellagio, mirage) casinos and Caesars (Planet Hollywood, linq, harrahs, ballys, paris, rio) casinos located uptown vegas require hotel stay to use the food and free play from your offers. There are also slot dollars and comp, which can be used anytime at any of the casinos owned by the same name. Cosmo which is also uptown does not require hotel stay to use free play currently, but mgm bought them so pretty soon they will be apart of the mlife family. Tropicana is another casino on the strip and I do not really know much about that one. Then now we have downtown las vegas which has boyd (california, fremont, main street station, gold coast, sams town, eastside cannery), club one (circa, golden gate, D), plaza, golden nugget, el cortez, Binions & 4 queens, and the grand. All downtown casinos you do not need hotel stay to use the free play offers except for boyd. Feel free to get some play in all the casinos there so that your next trip once a few months go by (most of them take a few months before offers start showing up) you will have extra money to play. This is my every trip goal and I like doing end of month to beginning of month trip to take advantage of more free play and make sure I do not run out of money. Club one btw and plaza those 2 casinos you can use food credit without hotel stay. All the others require hotel stay to use the food. Club one btw, their food credit offer is based on your play at all 3 properties. The free play in all 3 properties are based on play at that particular property. If you play at all 3 and play enough to get offers, you will get separate free play to use at each.

    To sum it up...

    - do not rub the machine and try to do any kind of magic, not gonna change the outcome once the spin button is pressed
    - know when to get off and change machines. Sometimes you can tell based on how you feel. I get bored when nothing pays, so I do not stay on long
    - pick a main casino you would like to get your offers at the most to stay on your next visit. Usually, I pick ones that have a requirement to use free play and food with hotel stay.
    - the hotel/casino you stay at if you are on a comp room, you want to play there the most and average the same each night your there so your offers will not hurt
    - know when each gaming day starts and end for each casino. Mlife btw base theirs on per trip, the others are based on gaming day. Because of this, I do not go to the same casino more than once per trip if I am trying to get better offers or if I have good offers and am staying end of month to beginning of month, I will go to that same one twice in one trip. If you go twice in one trip to a certain casino, average play has to be the same or offers can be affected. https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/casino-gaming-days.185758/

    Because its your first time, play once in each casino as many as you can. There is also a bus on las vegas blvd that will take you to downtown or uptown for I think 8 bucks for day pass. There are also off strip properties with the palms, gold coast, and rio right by each other thats a mile and a half from bellagio. There is a bus that stops in front of caesars palace that can take you there. If you want to go the other direction, that can take you 45 min ride to sams town and eastside cannery.
     
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  4. tigers4life

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    Ask questions if you are playing a table game at a casino with lower minimus and during the day when it is less crowded so you can play at your pace. I think El Cortez is one of the good places to learn they have always helped the people with me that are new. Some casinos give free lessons. Do not buy in too low. I have seen first-timers go to a table and put out 40 dollars on a 10-dollar table, trying to get the feel of it, and they are out in 10 minutes.. I am not saying go for broke but understand the swings. It sounds like you have read up on the games you are going to play, but if not, do so it will make it more fun. (Go to good sites, not get rich quick sites) If you are playing BJ, do not let the dealer play it for you but ask if you are not sure. If you are playing craps listed to the pit people, they will help you At low rollers places, always use a player's card. Have fun just consider entertainment at first in my case; always just entertainment
     
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    Don't forget to tip well.
     
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  6. sabrina

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    And have your tip out and ready for the cocktail server, don't make her wait on you to fumble around for cash.
     
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    Treat this like entertainment. Only risk money you can afford to lose. Far to many get hooked. Gambling can become addicting. I hate to sound like a Debbie downer, but I think this is sound advice for all new gamblers.
     
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  8. Mr Bulldops

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    Do sign up for a players card and ask if they have a new player signup bonus.

    If you plan to play blackjack, familiarize yourself with basic strategy. Also, look for 3:2 (rather than 6:5) tables that are much more common downtown.

    If you plan to play video poker, you can practice ahead of time for free at www.videopoker.com.
     
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  9. mickyblueeyes

    mickyblueeyes High-Roller

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    Drinks are free in Vegas casinos so enjoy some and tip the server. Rub your machine if you want, bring your good luck charms if you want and do whatever else makes your experience enjoyable for you after all it's your money. Please don't bang on the buttons hard as it wrecks the machine. If you are at table games it's okay to admit you are new so pit can help you out and others will be understanding. Most important as others mentioned get a players card.
     
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    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    If you buy in at a table game, Put your cash on the table between you and the dealer. Do not hand $ directly to dealer.

    If leaving the table with a bunch of small chips, ask to “color up” and you will be exchanged for a few large denomination chips.
     
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  11. Brandt

    Brandt High-Roller

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    Dont play 6/5 blackjack.
     
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    Do you plan on being mostly a machine player or a table player? Low roller or high roller?
     
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    This is a good one. I play table games sparingly and tried to buy in at a craps table once without dropping my cash. Crew member just stared at me and finally said "okay, put the money down"

    The casinos have really strict rules about handling money and especially table buy-ins which I guess prohibit them from taking money from your hands. Makes sense because laying it on the table leaves it in view of the camera, which is also why they will pick up your stack of cash and lay it back down in a specific pattern on the table, and it eliminates any possibility of someone palming a $100 bill or overpaying in chips and claiming there was more cash than there actually was, and so on.
     
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    Las Vegas can be overwhelming your first trip, so much to see and do! FYI - My do/don’t tips are mostly slot related, ignore if you don’t plan to play slots. I added some general tips as well.

    Do:

    • Get a players card for any casino that interests you, ask at players/rewards desk, some give new members free slot or table play or little souvenirs.
    • Do take time to read the Info posted on slot machines if you aren’t sure how a particular slot plays or pays.
    • Do think about how much you feel comfortable losing and bet amounts per spin accordingly, do move around to try out different slots.
    • Do set a specific amount per machine. For example, put $20 into a machine, bet $1.00 or $2.00 per spin or less, if after 5 spins and no wins, consider cashing out and moving on. Eventually you will get a feel of what your comfort zone is regarding amount per spin and number of spins.
    • Pick slots that look like fun, you can always zone in on specifics later.
    • Enjoy! Take it all in, and ask questions!

    Don’t:
    • Don’t start playing a slot until you confirm you are playing the correct denomination and amount you intend to play. There are a lot of multi denominational slots. Example 1cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent. Choose before you hit that first spin. Also on higher denominations there can be $1, $5, $10, $25 options on same machine, select the denomination before you hit spin. Ask any of us how we know? :eek::eek: Lol.
    • Don’t forget to always take your ticket (TITO) and card out of your machine before walking away!

    Other general Vegas tips:
    • Get or lookup a strip map and a downtown map to familiarize yourself with all the resorts and casinos and where each is located relative to any specific places you want to play.
    • Separate strip and downtown plans, perhaps strip one day and downtown another day, or daytime at one and nighttime at another.
    • Know that downtown everything is close together and easier to casino hop from one to another. Strip resorts are larger and further apart and require a lot more time and walking.
    • Expect to show ID and screening downtown.
    Wear comfortable shoes for strip walking and drink plenty of liquids to prevent hydration, seriously, this is important especially in summer.
    • Check places in advance that have happy hours for drinks and food - most have good deals. Also PH has several cheap breakfast and lunch eats in the mall area if that is your thing.
    • Keep $1 bills on hand for tipping servers, if you tip they are more likely to return more frequently. You do need to be sitting/playing to be offered drinks.
    • Be aware of where Lyft/Uber rideshare locations are if you plan to hop around town, also there are price surges during peak ride times, so check before booking, sometimes taxis are just as cheap. If you take buses, check schedules and stops, allow extra time, it takes awhile to get from strip to downtown and back.
    Don’t forget to take a pic of your room number so when you return late at night, you can find your room, haha!
    • Don’t stop and talk to timeshare folks found at some resorts.
     
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  15. j_Tioseco

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    Where are you staying? Any plans so far? What are you going to play?

    I do agree with a lot of what has been stated so far. But will echo;
    get a players card
    dont be intimidated
    if you are not sure, ask questions...dealers and even other players will help

    Depending on where you are staying and what you plan to do, you may have to walk or find trams etc...but be prepared to walk a little.

    It's your money so have fun.
     
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  16. J Dubs

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    If you're planning on playing blackjack, buy some blackjack strategy cards off Amazon and bring them to the table. Every casino will allow you to use these while playing.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Do enjoy yourself and have fun in the casino.

    Don't ever let your guard down.
     
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    I'll be "that guy" and say go right ahead and play 6:5 blackjack and Triple 0 roulette if that's all that's available. If you're playing the minimum for only an hour or two a day then the disadvantage is almost non-existent and not worth the hassle of trying to find a better paying table. You're there to have fun; if you're only going to Vegas once in your life or even every year or two it's not worth stressing out about potentially losing a few extra bucks an hour.

    Come at me, bros.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^ THIS! ^^^^^^^^^^

    Also, if drinking at a bar and striking up a conversation with others, don't let your drink out of your sight and watch it like a hawk. Likewise, if someone buys you a drink, don't drink it unless you see the bartender make it and hand it directly to you!
     
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    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    Here is my #1 Don't Do in a Casino:

    Don't play minimum coin if you play a machine that requires additional bets to activate certain wins.

    By way of example, some Blazing Sevens slot machines only give you wins on "Bars" with one coin, but require additional coins to win on "Sevens." Last year my wife was playing at Harrahs Las Vegas next to a woman who was playing only one dollar a spin on Blazing Sevens. Wife told her she needed to play at least two dollars to get Sevens wins. But Wife was ignored. Eventually the woman hit these three Sevens which would have yielded $100 if she played $2 a spin or $200 if playing a $3 spin. As you can see, Woman made $0. She took off, apparently in embarrassment before wife could notice.

    Sevens.jpg
     
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