5 Things You Should Know About Casinos
A cursory look at the casino reveals nothing
out of the ordinary.
Look a little closer, and you’re likely
to start noticing a few peculiarities around
They seem subtle at first, perhaps even mistaken
for a management oversight.
Nothing occurs by happenstance at the casino.
The mice en scene – the props, decor, and
overall milieu -is intentionally designed
to provide the sweetest possible nectar to
attract the bees.
Of course, all of us players are frenetically
buzzing about the slot machine games, card
games, and table games as we soak in this
Casino designers deliberately place the bars,
restaurants, slot machines, table games, sports
books and retail outlets at key locations
throughout the resort.
The goal is to completely overwhelm your senses
to create an otherworldly experience when
you enter this alluring gaming domain.
Do you remember that feeling when you first
breezed through the doors of the MGM Grand,
Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, Treasure Island,
It was sheer awe.
The luxury, splendour, opulence and majesty
of these resorts is precisely what the owners
were aiming for.
Perhaps it is best described in two words
– Wow Factor!
There’s nothing odd about that, it’s what
you’re going to find at the tables, in the
ceilings, on the walls, at the bars, and at
check-in that are going to blow you away!
The Same Table Games Might Have Different
Odds From Casino to Casino
The casino tables offer players a mesmerizing
array of exciting games.
You may not know it, but variants of the same
game offer vastly different odds.
Once again, the devil is in the details.
Look at the blackjack tables for a moment.
There are variations of blackjack at each
of the 50 tables at the MGM Grand.
Games like Blackjack Switch, 8 Deck Blackjack,
Single Deck Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack,
6 Deck Stand on 17 Blackjack, 6 Deck Hit on
17 Blackjack are available.
Unless you ask, you may not be aware that
the best game to play is Single Deck Classic
If possible, you should always try to pick
a blackjack table with payouts of 3:2 instead
of the more pervasive 6:5.
Because your odds of winning are much better.
Dealers routinely shift between tables, and
games at the casino.
So, don’t be surprised if you’re a little
confused about seeing blackjack dealer at
the roulette table.
Speaking of roulette, there are different
odds at each of the major 3 variants of the
French Roulette, European Roulette, and American
Roulette have odds of 1.35% (En Prison & La
Partage), 2.70%, and 5.26% respectively.
Always pick a roulette game that offers you
the best odds of walking away a winner.
Low minimums, high maximums and a low house
edge are the trifecta when it comes to roulette
Lavish Ceilings Might Make You Play More
First of all, look around you.
It’s a fun, happy and exciting place to
be – right?
So, why are there hundreds of cameras all
over the place?
They are not in plain sight – they are buried
in the ceilings, at the tables, the elevators,
and pretty much every hallway you can imagine.
You may be wondering why security is so tight
at the casino?
Well, truth be told – money.
There’s lots of money changing hands at
casinos every minute of every day.
Since alcohol is freely available, and recreational
marijuana is now legal in Las Vegas, it’s
likely that the odd problem may occur from
time to time.
Casinos don’t take any chances – they
have the most sophisticated security and surveillance
systems in the world.
In fact, casinos are on par with the world’s
finest banks when it comes to security protocols.
You may think it odd that a casino spends
a fortune on security personnel, surveillance
equipment, and constant monitoring of activity.
Things like facial recognition technology
and biometric scanning are readily available
It’s a little-known fact that that casinos
like the Bellagio have 2,000+ cameras hooked
up to 50+ monitors.
To some folks, that fact may be considered
a little odd!
Casinos Avoid Clocks and Windows To Distort
A typical home or apartment may have a window
here or there, and a clock here or there.
At casinos, there are no such things.
The only windows you will see are faux windows
and the only clocks you will see are probably
props for creating the atmosphere at the casino.
You may think it’s odd that the walls are
devoid of windows and clocks, but there is
method to this madness.
While some casinos buck the trend, most avoid
clocks because they want players to be uninhibited
and unrestrained in their gambling activity.
If you knew what the time was, you might wish
to be somewhere else.
Of course, there are other ways to gauge time
such as looking through the window.
If you don’t follow the clock, you won’t
know how long you’ve been playing and will
probably gamble away your entire bankroll
away in the process.
You Can Play Penny Slots and Get Free Drinks
Here’s an oddity that people don’t necessarily
know about: Instead of spending your money
on cocktails, beers and other drinks at the
bar, consider not going to the bar at all.
If you stick to the casino table games or
slot machine games, you’re likely to see
a cocktail waitress walking by offering you
If you’re headed to Las Vegas, or Atlantic
City, you may be lucky enough to pick up a
coupon booklet which offers you free drinks,
or free meals as part of your package.
These perks and comps are some of the best
kept secrets in casinos around the world.
Fight the urge to rush off to the local watering
hole at the casino.
Don’t splurge since you’ll get served
up as many drinks as you want by chatty wait
staffif you just stay put and play your favourite
Be sure to tip the waitress!
Casinos Often Charge You For The Resort (Even
If You Don’t Use it)
It’s not so much what’s odd about check-in,
it’s more about the rules and procedures
you need to know.
All Las Vegas hotels charge resort fees.
These are mandatory surcharges over and above
the room rate that you’re paying.
You may think that you’re getting a great
deal with a $29 room rate, but the resort
fees can bump that up significantly.
Consider the following fees at the top Las
• Caesars Palace, the Venetian, the Four
Seasons, Mandalay Bay, The Bellagio, Encore,
and Wynn Hotel charge $39 in resort fees per
• Harrah’s, The Tropicana, Mandalay Bay,
MGM Grand, The Mirage,The Signature at MGM
Grand, and New York New York charge $35 in
resort fees per night
• Hooters, Rio, Hard Rock Hotel, Stratosphere,
and the Golden Nugget charge around $29 in
resort fees per night
You may be able to get away with slipping
the clerk a $20 bill to bump you up to the
next available suite or room category.
This trick used to work for many years in
old-school Vegas, and it may still work depending
on how busy the hotel is.
If you’re staying at the MGM Grand in Las
Vegas, you can check in at the airport, instead
of waiting in long lines when you arrive at