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How to Act Like a Pro Gambler
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If you want to do what someone else is doing, all you need to do is figure out what they’re doing and do the same. So, if you want to become a pro gambler, copying what successful gamblers are doing is a way to go. How they act at a casino is a perfect way to start. After all, how can you expect to become a successful gambler if you don’t know how to behave at a casino table? Therefore, here are a few tips that’ll help you act like a pro gambler at casinos and other venues.

Know the dress code

Depending on where you’re gambling, knowing the dress code can be helpful. Luckily, most US-based casinos don’t have a very strict dress code. In fact, with most casinos, as long as you have basics covered, you’re good to go. This wasn’t always the case, especially in Las Vegas where tuxedos and dresses used to be mandatory a few decades ago. However, there are still fancy casinos in the US that may require you to dress up if you plan to gamble there. The same goes for some European casinos that are somewhat dressier. Make it a habit of checking the casino website before it’s time to go. Most of them will provide some sort of information on the dress code on their sites and you’ll know exactly what to wear at your casino night. Keep in mind that it’s also necessary to wear something you feel comfortable in if you want to make the right gambling decisions.

Learn the game rules

This may seem obvious but some players hit the casino without having a basic understanding of the rules for the game they want to play. Learning at an actual casino is never a good idea. Not only does it lower your chances of winning but it also makes you look like an amateur. And the last thing players should do is annoy dealers and fellow players. Luckily, in this digital age, becoming familiar with the game rules should be a real piece of cake. There are numerous websites where you can learn all the basics as well as strategies for winning for all casino games. Another thing we should mention that today, all casinos are online. This means you can test games online and practice before taking a trip to the local casino. Some of them even allow you to test games without using real money.

Make clear signals

There are numerous casino games in which verbal signals aren’t enough. If you want to take certain action in the game you’re also supposed to make a clear hand signal. For example, in blackjack, there are clear hand signals for things like hit or stay. If you want to act like a pro gambler at a casino, being familiar with those signals is a must. After all, all other pro players at the table will use them, and doing the same is a good idea. Episodes where a player makes an unclear signal often cause delays which are the last thing pro players want. If something like that happens, chances are your fellow players will just leave the table. We suggest learning hand signals before taking a trip to the casino and being sure you know what you’re doing when making them.

Know what not to do

While you’re there to have fun, it’s important to avoid getting yourself into an embarrassing situation or get removed from the casino. To do that, you need to know what’s not allowed on the property. With that said, learning more about casino etiquette rules is a great way to prepare for your trip to the casino. For example, most casinos don’t allow players to ask for any sort of advice from their dealers. While discussing strategy with other players isn’t prohibited but most of the time, your fellow players will avoid talking about it. Another thing to keep in mind is that using your phone while playing is unethical. Most casinos also have some policies about taking photos while seated at a table. If you get a call while playing, the best thing to do is to step away from the table to take it.

Be careful with alcohol

Most brick-and-mortar casinos serve alcohol and many players enjoy drinking while gambling. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, you might want to be careful when drinking at a casino. Firstly, alcohol may impact your game, which isn’t necessarily something you want to happen. Secondly, alcoholic beverages may impact how you behave at a casino. Some players don’t like to be disturbed when playing and sitting across a player who’s had too much to drink can be extremely annoying. If you want to act like a pro player, you should always act in a proper manner. That’s why it’s a good idea to stick to the two-drinks-per-hour rule. Also, you might want to order water from time to time and make sure alcohol doesn’t impact your actions.

The bottom line

All in all, acting like a pro gambler at casinos and other venues isn’t tough. All you have to do is look at other pro players and you’ll figure it out in no time. Still, it’s a good idea to keep these five things in mind before you go to a casino. With just a little bit of preparation on time, there should be nothing stopping you from blending in perfectly at a casino.


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