Indulging in a night at a casino is an indulgence like no other. It is the perfect avenue for those who just want to get away from the qualms of everyday life and experience the adrenaline rush, the excitement and sheer feeling of power at a casino table against all the odds that are stacked. But like any other game that is worth playing, all casinos have a set of general rules to stand by.
These rules, according to the Gambling Act of the respective countries, would apply to all table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Tai Sai, Poker, Money Wheel along with all the electronic versions. The major irrefutable rule for entry into a casino is that the guest be 21 years or older. On a secondary note, entry may also be refused to guests who are not in line with the casino dress code.
Rules For Casino Games
Here is a quick cheat sheet of rules for the most popular casino games:
The objective of the game is to guess where the ball will land on the roulette wheel. A roulette wheel consists of a spinning disk with coloured and numbered divisions around its edge. There are few different wagers you can place:
- Colour (red or black)
- Even or odd numbers
- Range of numbers (1-18, 19-36, 1-12 and so on)
- Column bet (12 numbers)
- Line bet (6 numbers)
- A pair of numbers
- A single number
That’s it! Once all players place their bets, the croupier rolls the ball around the wheel and everyone will watch where it lands. If you guess correctly, you’ll be paid out according to the odds of your bet.
Texas Hold’Em Poker Rules
- Before every round, two players are obligated to place forced bets (or post blinds) to start the pot. The size of the blinds are determined by the table before the game begins.
- The game starts as each player around the poker table is dealt two cards face down. These are your ‘hole cards’.
- Betting then commences and players can either call, raise or fold. To call is to match the amount of the big blind whereas to raise is to increase the bet within specific limits of the game. To fold is to throw your hand away.
- Once betting is completed, three shared cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is called the flop.
- Another round of betting starts, then a fourth shared card—the turn—is dealt.
- Finally, the last round of betting plays and the final shared card—the river—is dealt.
The objective is to get a best possible poker hand with five cards on the table; or to bluff and encourage your opponents to fold.
The objective of the game is to beat the dealer. You can either outscore the dealer or bet on the dealer busting.
- During the game, you need a hand of cards that is worth no less than 16 and no higher than 21.
- Aces are counted as 1, 10 or 11 points. Cards 2 to 9 are counted according to face value while tens and face cards count as 10 points.
- The game starts by the dealer giving two cards to each player and two cards to himself.
- Players, starting from the one sitting on the dealer’s left can either stand, hit (draw another card), split (separate your hand into two hands and double your bet) or surrender (take back half their bet). Some casinos also allow double downs, where players can place a second wager of the same value of their first wager.
- After each player has his turn, the dealer will turn over his cards. If the dealer has 16 cards or less, he will draw another card.
Rules for Casino
Besides specific game rules, there are also other infractions that could lead you to be eliminated from the game or removed from the casino premises. That sounds intimidating doesn’t it? Well, not to worry. Here is all you need to know about the general rules at a casino and you need not worry at all about being caught in an unpleasant situation You must never:
- Offer a tip, gratuity, consideration or any other benefit to an employee at the casino.
- Receive advice from an employee of the casino.
- At the table, attempt to influence another player’s decision, unless requested by the said player
- Place side bets with or against other players
- Continue to have a seat at the game table without placing a wager for more than three rounds.
- Attempt to make, handle, alter or withdraw a wager after Dealer has announced “no more bets”.
- Operate any device, item or apparatus for the purpose of communicating, recording, projecting, analysing or influencing the outcome of a game
- Commit any act that may significantly disrupt the game such as an act of violence, profanity or vandalism.
- Commit any criminal act such as theft or forgery, within the premises.
Although casino games in general depend largely on luck and chance, when it comes to the rules there is a high level of strictness to ensure that everyone gets to play fair and square. A fair game that brings a good time to all and goes off smoothly without a single hitch is the ultimate goal of every operating table at a casino.
Our Casino Rule Recommendations
Now that we’ve discussed what not to do, let’s skim through what you should do when paying a visit to your desired casino. When playing at the table you should:
- Make a reservation beforehand if you wish to use a table privately for yourself or for your group. The casino management would then be able to reserve your table in advance.
- Take note of and respect the minimum and maximum wagers limits set by the casino for each table.
- If the Casino Operator restricts you from placing a wager at a table at any given time due to reasons such as a winning streak, acknowledge the restriction and wait for your next turn.
- Be responsible for collecting and claiming your winnings as the casino may have to dispose of the winnings if it is not collected after a certain period of time ascertained by the casino’s Minimum Operating Standards.
- Should you have a dissatisfaction and wish to make a complaint, do direct your complaint towards the appropriate party. Unresolved disputes will usually be investigated by the Gambling Inspector or undertaken by the Casino Operator.
Now that you know what is expected of you as per the rules of the casino, you can kick back and have a good time! As long as you stick to the do’s and avoid the don’ts, your evening will unfold beautifully without a flaw. As a certain Steve Wynn once said, “Gambling in a casino is a colourful, dramatic and theatrical affair.” Let’s not make it an unnecessarily dramatic one.