Casino employees are the best people to go to for tips and tricks on all things casino-related, and they’re often very happy to share their knowledge with those who ask.
One place you’ll often find them sharing their tips is on Reddit. To save you the time of trawling through the various AMA threads and other subeditors, we’ve collected all the most common bits of advice and compiled them into one handy article.
These tips offer excellent insights into what to expect at a casino, and how to come out ahead. Or at least have the best time.
1. Don’t Play The Slots Next To The Bathroom
The legal payout percentage is based on the house, not individual machines. So some machines, even with the same games you’ll find elsewhere in the casino, will pay out less than others.
For example, slots near toilets often have the lowest payout because the casino knows you’ll take a seat while waiting for someone.
2. Only Use Your Player’s Card For Extended Sessions
Casinos calculate an Average Day Trip (ADT) to determine how much you’re worth as a patron.
The more you spend in general, the better the comps and promotions a casino will offer you.
Using the card on a quick session where you only spend $20 could drive your ADT down and reduce your promos.
3. Don’t Hate On The Dealers
Too often players assume that the dealer, as the face of the house at the casino, wants them to lose.
But most dealers know that players who win are likely to give them a nice tip.
So, whether you’re winning or losing, respect the dealer and enjoy the fun they add to the experience.
Remember to tip them. And don’t treat them like the enemy!
4. Never Take Any Side Bets
According to one casino employee of Reddit: “All sidebets are horrible odds. Don’t do them unless you plan on losing your money anyways.”
This was always apparent for insurance bets in blackjack, but across the board the dealers say not to take those extra side wagers, even if the payouts sound worthwhile.
5. Play Video Casino Games To Get Free Drinks Faster
Bartenders can see how much money you put into the video games.
So, if you’re playing at a casino that doesn’t just automatically comp drinks to all players, put in $100 when you sit down at the machine and don’t try to flag down the bartender.
Make small bets and appear to settle in. Soon the bartender will come around and ask for your order.
Keep making small bets until they return with your drink, then tip them and cash out. Repeat at different bars.
6. Get A Player’s Card To Get An Instant Room Discount
Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Sign up for a player’s card!
The rates for rooms are usually 10-20 percent cheaper depending on availability, and all you need to get a casino room rate is to have the club card.
Of course, if you stay and play, youend up getting the room comped, too.
7. Spend More Money And You Might Get A Grill Or Panini Maker
Across Reddit there are stories of people using player’s cards to get rewards.
Beyond comps for rooms and meals, many loyalty members get gifts including George Foreman grills, panini makers, pasta cookers and other kitchen equipment.
And as one Redditor has pointed out: “Bitches love paninis.”