How To Have Great Table Game Etiquette


November 12, 2014

Didn’t your mother teach you table manners? If she taught you these table manners then your mom is pretty cool!


Everyone will benefit when people know the basics of gambling protocol, especially before they sit down to play. Whether you are new or old to the game, take a minute to read over this solid list of table manner rules!


Always Show Respect

Great table game etiquette starts when a person shows respect for their fellow players. Avoid being condescending or act in disbelief if you don’t win your hand. At most table games, arrogance does not win. Only skill does.


Be timely

To play in a timely fashion means that you are only taking the actual amount of time that you need to think through your play. Some players need more time than others, but you should never drag a play out for dramatic affect or any other reason.


Always Have a Basic Knowledge of the Game

Aside from that, it is a big part of table game etiquette to play any game with enough knowledge of how it is played. Relying on other players and the dealer to give them instructions and advice is not fair especially when playing in a poker room. It also disrupts the game on a constant basis.


Tipping Rules are Important

Players whether old or new should also observe tipping etiquette. A good rule is to tip a dealer two-thirds according to the service and one-third according to how much a player is losing or winning. Although there is no prescribed norm, players can consider calculating their tip to about half of their average bet per hour. The smaller their average bet, the greater the ratio of tip to bet should be.


There are two ways to properly tip a dealer. This includes either placing the tip in front of the bet or waiting until the hand is complete.


Only Place Bets When the Dealer Lifts the Marker

When playing roulette, people should wait until the marker is withdrawn from the previous winning number before beginning to make bets on the next spin. This is because the dealer wants no confusion over what is a fresh wager as they are paying off bets from the previous spins.


Always Make a Graceful Exit

If a person needs to use the restroom but does not want to lose their spot at the craps table, they should ask one of the dealers to hold their spot and watch their chips. When a person leaves a table and does not want to come back, they should notify other players so that they can adjust their bets accordingly.


Now, there is definitely room for creativity in your table game presence, but abiding by these basic etiquette rules you can make sure you are never “that guy” in the casino. We can’t wait to see all your lovely table manners!



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