Beginner players often wonder how to behave at the game table. They are confused in the beginning, not quite sure how to act and react. At a few tables they find everyone is smiling and jovial. Players joke with croupiers as if they are old friends and everyone seems to have a great time. At other tables the seriousness is the word, not causing, no smile, no nothing but pressures of the game. What is expected of one in such uncertain environments?
Generally the answer is to find the model of the game you like and you stick to it. If you are a man or woman of no-nonsense, find a table of no-nonsense. Although there are times when a group of hyper-intense players are grouped at a table with a croupier, a dealer, or a hyper-intense stickman as a topping, most people play for fun just as much as they play for profit. This means that the casino is generally a cheerful place with plenty of sociability. Of course there is sure that the rules of propriety follow. These are few, largely unwritten, and good to know. Some of the basic ones are:
Be careful about Kibitzing first of all, he’s rude. No one wants to be told how badly he plays or how much better the kibitzer would play if he held the same hand. Second, it is embarrassing to others. And third, sometimes it can be taken as a form of fraud. If a person is just observing a game he is expected to observe it without contributing his advice.
Speaking while playing there is no hard and fast rule here. Certainly there are gregarious tables, even gregarious croupiers, and certainly it’s just to make conversation during a game. At Craps the table there is always a lot of noise and cheerfulness, but Craps has been a favorite of people, and people usually make bad players. Those who play by the need of skill to concentrate. This goes for you as well as the other guy. Too much chatter over cards or dice distracts. Errors are made, especially if playing a system. In the attempt to be sociable, a player can lose his concentration which is so essential to good play. Follow this rule, either friendly or polite, but spend your true energies playing the game.
Be careful of the alcoholic drink as it is an obvious rule but follow hard, especially when the drinks are cheap or even on the house. But remember, even an ounce of alcohol impairs the reflex and thought the answer by as much as 10 percent. Yes, even a drink. Nothing will affect the discretion of a player faster than alcoholic beverages. So save him for after the game.
Lose well, win well again, little must be said. A bad loser is not an infrequent sight in Nevada casinos and, really, he or she is one of the most sounding. Only adults are allowed to play and this is expected for a healthy reason, an adult is fully aware of the risks involved in risking his money. If he loses, he is totally his responsibility, just as it is his responsibility not to throw moods or accusations if he comes out on the short end.
The same can be said about the win, nothing is as annoying as the player who recalls his victory. Win or lose, it’s best to remember that when you play it has a commitment to other players and one of those commitments is to accept your destiny with dignity.