If you have never before played a casino game, no need to fear. The games were not developed for geniuses; otherwise very, very few people would play them. Indeed, I wouldn’t be able to play any of them, as I am certainly not in the Einstein category. There are a few simple facts to know before you read about and/or learn any game. I will cover these facts in this chapter, and then you will be off and running.
Playing with Chips Casinos want players to bet with casino chips—sometimes called “checks” or “cheese”—rather than with cash, although some venues sometimes allow cash play. Dealers will call out, “Money plays!” for a player betting cash. To convert your cash to casino chips, wait until the dealer completes the round of play in progress, then place your cash on the layout in front of your betting spot in card games or on the layout in front of you in games such as craps and roulette. The dealer will exchange your cash for an equivalent amount in casino chips, which you then use for betting.
Protect Your Chips
It is bad enough to lose your chips to the casino, but it is far worse to lose your chips to a thief, also known as a “cross roader.” You must protect your chips. At games such as craps, where there are chip rails, put the highest-denomination chips in the middle, put the second-highest denomination chips next to those on both sides, and so on down to the lowest-denomination chips that you have.
The Eye in the Sky
Take a look at the ceiling when you are in a casino, and you’ll notice black globes attached to it. These are spread throughout the property over all the gaming and nongaming areas, with the exception of the bathrooms. The black globes are collectively called “the eye in the sky,” and in them are cameras keeping track of everything taking place
If you are not sure of what to do or what you are allowed to do, the best advice I can give is—just ask. The dealers and floor people will be happy to answer any questions you have; after all, they want your action at the table. Slot machines are somewhat different—just about everything you need to know is printed on the machine. In fact, there really isn’t too much you need to know!