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How to Play Roulette - Roulette Betting Etiquette

Jul 31, 2008
Playing roulette is simple and fun. During the adrenaline rush, however, other players seem to forget their manners and tend to play inappropriately in the roulette table. Most of time, these unruly players get a visit from the pit boss and could ultimately be lead out and away from the roulette room.

Minimize the occurrence of this uneasy incident by making sure you follow some simple rules on etiquette. That way, you'll not only enjoy and appreciate the game better; you'll also earn the respect of the casino personnel and fellow roulette players.

Dress Appropriately

If you're playing roulette offline, it pays to know if the casino where you want to play roulette implements a dress code. Most European casino that offers roulette requires players to dress appropriately, while most American casinos don't mind it much. While at it, it is wise to ask if the casino requires players to present membership card or pay some fees before they are allowed to play. This way, you can be sure you don't get thrown out of a game before you could even place your bet.

Buy Some Chips

Roulette is played with special roulette chips. Each chip is designed so that it can identify the one who wagered the winning bet. If you intend to play more than a round of roulette, it's best to approach the cashier and buy some chips for yourself. It's better to play it the way it should be played than to have a winning bet that is not honored by the dealer.

Follow the Croupier

The dealer is arbiter of the entire game. He knows when the bets are accepted, when the betting process ends, he spins the wheel, he puts the ball, he declares the winning number, and he collects and pay off losing and winning bets, respectively. Don't follow his instructions, and you will find yourself out of the game. Pay attention to what he says; normally that would let you know what you should do.

Respect Other Players

Be thoughtful of others whenever you play roulette because, most of the time, you are not alone in the roulette table. Your fellow players are also entitled to the excitement the game gives and the kind of respect you are looking for. Don't touch other player's bets, especially after declaring the winning number. It's the job of the croupier to pay out winning bets and collect losing chips. Moreover, you should also provide players with space. Avoid unnecessary and uncomforting touches and disruptions. If you have to make a little step back to give other players some breathing room, then do so.

Leave a Tip

After enjoying some rounds of roulette, it is customary to chip in a small amount as tip. Give the dealer a tip every 10 or 12 spins, especially if you're winning. Moreover, tipping should not end in the croupier. If you have also enjoyed the service of the one who gave you your drinks, then share a small amount of your winnings as well.
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