9 Essential Casino Etiquette Rules: Play Smart & Respectful

10 Casino Etiquette To Follow
Casino Etiquette To Follow

If you are new to gambling and you are excited to hit your local casino or make your way to Las Vegas and play under the bright lights of the big city. Well, that’s all very exciting!

However, you need to know some basics about how to act when you are gambling so that you don’t find yourself in an embarrassing situation or, even worse, removed from a property.

We can help you. We’ve all been there before, drawing from our team’s experience. We have compiled a list of etiquette rules you should read before setting foot in a casino.

General Casino Rules

General Casino Rules-9 casino etiquette
General Casino Rules

We’ll be focusing on how to act when you are playing at a live casino. If you are playing online, you don’t have to worry about most of this, but you must adhere to some self-control basics we cover on another page.

Now. Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be considering when you are trying to be a respectful gambler.

1. Know the Rules of the Game

Know the Rules of the Game-9 Casino Etiquette
Know the Rules of the Game

We understand that not all of you know all the rules of the games you will find in the casino, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few minutes before you sit down to read some of the basics. This is one of the 9 Casino Etiquette.

There is nothing wrong with asking the dealer a question or two, but they are not your teachers. Other players are trying to gamble, and the friendly ones will offer some assistance.

However, your best bet is to wait and watch a few hands of any table game before you sit down to play. That way, you can pick up on the basic rules as we have outlined in our strategy guides, and you can ask questions between the hands.

This will lead to a much better atmosphere when you are finally ready to sit down and play.

2. Electronics

 phone-free while enjoying your favorite games
phone-free while enjoying your favourite games

These days, everything we do seems to involve our phones. They want you to be carefree and phone-free in a casino while enjoying your favourite games. 

When seated at a table, you aren’t allowed to use a phone for the most part. Please put it in your pocket, as you aren’t typically allowed to place it on the table.

Are you worried you are going to miss a call or a text? Turn the volume up. The good news is that when no one is on their phones, everyone is focused on playing the game, which means fewer distractions and waiting time between hands.

Also, if you have to step away to take or make a call, actually step away. Finally, casinos are loud. If you are on the phone, find a quiet place to talk.

Don’t worry; the dealer will watch your chips for you, and the rest of the players at the table will be pleased not to hear all about what you pick up for dinner.

3. Talking About Someone Else’s Strategy

Talking About Someone Else’s Strategy
Talking About Someone Else’s Strategy

Casino gambling, despite the tables being open to multiple players, is not a team game. Each player might have an individual strategy to try to beat the house. 

Now, while we want everyone to learn at least the basics of a game, one thing you must not do is speak about other players’ hands during the play.

Commentaries on how people should or should not be playing are not cool, and if a player is losing, it could result in some strong words heading your way.

If you don’t like how someone is playing a game at your table, then your best bet is to stay calm and find another table. Players who play with a horrible strategy will lose their chips soon enough.

4. Reaching Over People in Roulette

Reaching Over People in Roulette

Roulette is a fun, social game with everyone sitting around the wheel and watching to see if their number hits.

However, there can be many more bettors than there are seats at the table, and this can cause some commotion when trying to get down bets between spins.

Chaos typically ensues when the dealer is ready to spin, so we suggest you err on the side of patience and courtesy.

The dealer is watching everyone and will see if you are waiting to place your bets. There is no set time for each spin, so you should be fine if you wait a few extra seconds.

Also, you can ask the dealer to wait a couple extra seconds so that you can let your tablemates get their bets in – the dealers will appreciate your patience.

5. Tipping Dealers

Tipping Dealers
Tipping Dealers

Yes, the games are probability-based, and there is nothing a dealer can do to influence the outcome of a hand.

However, some unwritten rules about tipping dealers at a casino table exist. These people don’t get paid a lot, and they stand on their feet for hours and have to deal with drunk, disorderly gamblers.

The least you can do is throw them something when you win a big hand or leave the table. While the dealers cannot impact your hands, they can make your time at the table more enjoyable by getting you a server faster, chatting with you, and keeping idiots out of your path.

A few bucks here and there won’t hurt your bottom line and will positively impact you.

6. Tipping Waitresses

Tipping Waitresses
Tipping Waitresses

Many casinos offer their players free drinks when at the tables, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip the waitress bringing them to you.

They must go back and forth from the bar, ensuring your cocktail is topped up. At the very least, a buck or two a drink will keep them returning more frequently, and these staff members rely on those tips to make a living.

Oh, also, don’t just assume every waitress in a casino is looking to go home with a patron – this isn’t Swingers, and you aren’t Vince Vaughn.

Consider tipping part of the cost of being at the table, and really, how much money could you spend on tips?

7. Don’t Be “That” Person at the Table

drunk person at the table
drunk person at the table

It means don’t be that drunk person at the table. Yes, you may be having a blast, but your drunkenness will be annoying others playing the game and working at the table.

We have all seen a drunk person who can barely see the cards spilling their drink on the table, causing commotion and delay.

Trust us on this one – your night will end early and badly if you are drunk and belligerent at the tables. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have a drink – act like an adult, please. This is one of the 9 Casino Etiquette.

8. Don’t Touch the Cards Unless Told You Can

Don’t Touch the Cards Unless Told You Can
Don’t Touch the Cards Unless Told You Can

This is a common mistake made by players at the tables. We think it comes from watching players playing single-deck blackjack or Texas Hold ’em. For the most part, you can follow this simple rule:

If the cards are face-up on the table, DO NOT TOUCH THEM.

Now, depending on how nice you have been to dealers (see the above rules of etiquette), you may get a simple request not to touch the cards.

However, when you feel the cards, the general rules of the casino dictate that the hand has been fouled and can be removed by the house.

We don’t want to see you lose a winning bet just because you decided to touch the cards. Steer clear, or at the very least, ask the dealer when you are playing if you can handle the cards.

9. Do Not Touch Your Chips in Play

 Do Not Touch Your Chips in Play
Do Not Touch Your Chips in Play

Like the previous rule, you cannot touch your chips once you have made a bet and the play is ongoing.

Cheating players have tried to remove bets when losing a hand (ask Charles Oakley how that worked out for him).

There are cameras everywhere in the casino, and the house will always be right in this case. Even when the hand is over and being paid out, please wait until the dealer signals that it is okay to remove your bets. What’s the big rush, anyway?


We think being in a casino can provide much entertainment, regardless of winning or losing (but we hope you are all winners).

If everyone followed some simple rules of conduct, the overall atmosphere in a casino would be much happier.

Stick to the points outlined on this page, and you will make many friends at the tables!

About the author

Mamta Sharma

Mamta Sharma

Mamta Sharma is an influential figure in the realm of online gaming in New Zealand. With over eight years of expertise, she holds a prominent position as a content strategist at PokiesMobile NZ.

Mamta's journey, starting from the bustling streets of Mumbai to the serene landscapes of New Zealand, has given her a unique perspective on the world of online casinos.

Outside the virtual casino environment, Mamta is a also yoga practitioner and an advocate for holistic wellness.