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Casino etiquette

Casino etiquette is important in casinos. How the croupier handles the money, washing your hands on the tables and many other practices to let the cameras know you are not cheating or helping someone to cheat. Here are a few of the different aspects about casino life

Croupier, the meaning

Originally a ‘croupier’ meant one who stood behind a gambler, with extra reserves of cash to back him up during a gambling session. The word derived from ‘croup’ (the rump of a horse) and was by way of analogy to one who rode behind on horseback. It later came to refer to one who was employed to collect the money from a gaming-table.

Training

Training methods to become a casino croupier are different from country to country. In North America, blackjack is almost always the game that dealers learn first, as it is simple and popular, and when the dealer makes errors, they tend not to cost the casino much money. In Europe, croupiers tend to learn roulette first. Complex, busy games such as craps, with complicated payout systems, etc, are usually reserved for the most competent or ambitious dealers.

Licensing

American and Australian croupiers are required to apply for a gambling license. This license includes police background checks and credit rating checks, to help determine if they are eligible to commence employment. Croupiers are not permitted to deal at a casino until being issued this license.

Tipping

You could say tipping is generally part of casino etiquette. As is common with customer service staff in the United States, croupiers there depend on tips to make their wage worthwhile. While a croupier should theoretically have no personal interest in the outcome of the game, a successful player customarily tips the croupier, especially in American casinos. Tips are often pooled and divided amongst all the staff. Fraternising with customers is frowned upon, and most casinos prevent their gambling staff from being seen smoking or even being seen in uniform outside the casino. Some gambling strategies include suggestions to tip the casino dealer in order to create a good atmosphere and improve dealer’s mood. According to these strategies, tipping might even make the dealer shuffle the cards less frequently and thereby allow easier tracking of particular cards.  Australian casinos forbid dealers from taking tips

 

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