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    5 Tips for Table Play Etiquette

    When you first decide to sit down at a table game in the casino, it can be a bit intimidating. Unlike slots or other individual experiences, table games are a community affair. Fortunately, etiquette is actually quite simple and most players are more than happy to help out a novice.

    Here are five important tips for following proper table play etiquette. These habits will help keep your trips to the tables positive and fun for everyone.

    1. Understand the rules of the game before you sit down. Many of the tables will have rules cards posted on the table. Take a few minutes to read over them and make sure that you understand what happens in that game. If you don't, ask a cashier for a guide. The internet is also a fantastic place to find information on your game of choice.

    2. Drink responsibly. Casinos are fun, exciting places where alcohol is common. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, a drunken table mate is no fun for anyone. Please remember to enjoy alcohol responsibly when at the tables.

    3. Don't ask for advice. Asking the dealer or a fellow gambler to clarify a procedure or a rule is perfectly fine. However, no one wants to be given the blame for a hand that goes poorly--especially the dealer. Make your own decisions at the table, and if you don't feel comfortable doing so, choose a more familiar game.

    4. Remember to tip. The employees in a casino are paid with tipping in mind. As a result, they rely heavily on gambler's generosity to make a living. Be sure to tip your waitress and your dealer, even if you aren't having a winning evening. Also, don't feel like you need to tip in the denomination you're betting. A person playing $25 per hand doesn't need to tip $25 every time.

    5. Keep a positive attitude. If you play table games long enough, you're going to run into a losing session. It happens to everyone. That said, nothing puts the damper on a patron's evening faster than a grumpy person at the table. While it's certainly difficult to keep smiling while losing money, that's exactly what you should do. Remember, people are at the table to have fun, not to make a living.

    If you follow these five steps, you'll be sure to have a fantastic time at the tables. Table play etiquette shouldn't be threatening. Instead, you should see a table full of people as an opportunity to meet new friends and to enjoy the excitement of social play.

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