It’s safe to assume that nobody goes to the casino expecting to leave frustrated and bitter.
When that does unfortunately come to pass, it’s often due to a lack of success at the tables. Losing money stings, but it’s often easy to move past the feelings of negativity.
However, there are certain situations that unfold inside casinos that are much more challenging to justify. One of the most egregious scenarios is running across another gambler that single-handedly ruins your night.
There is a wide variety of gamblers that comprise the melting pot that is the gambling community. Like any group of individuals, there are far too many deplorable people out there who can grind your gears.
If and when you encounter one, you’ll think twice the next time you’re bemoaning a few measly losses at the tables.
Whatever their transgressions may be, it’s hard to walk away from an interaction without feeling agitated and upset. Here are seven things downright dreadful gamblers do to frustrate everyone around them.
Not Taking Casino Table Games Seriously
You can ask 100 gamblers what real money gambling means to them, and you might get 100 different answers.
For some, it’s a way to unwind and relax, while others look at it as a way to earn some extra money. Typically, though, when cash is on the line, it’s a common practice to treat games with some level of seriousness.
It might not be necessary to treat a $5 game of blackjack like it’s the final table at the World Series of Poker, but it doesn’t hurt to be respectful. Doing so is a sign of courtesy to both the casino and those around you.
Certain gamblers seem to make a point of waltzing into casinos with a stack of money and not a care in the world.
They approach table games with little to no respect for the money in play. That might be fine for them, but other people will quickly take notice.
You see, this careless approach and general disregard for other gamblers’ financial situation is incredibly disrespectful.
As I said, people think about gambling differently. But a commonality that binds gamblers together should always be a relatively serious handling of table games.
Sitting Down at a Packed Table With No Experience
During the busiest times inside casinos, it can be an uphill battle to find a seat at a table.
First, you have to select a game, then find a table that is appealing to your bankroll, and finally pray that there’s an opening. Sometimes, securing that seat involves standing around waiting for another gambler to surrender theirs.
So, when you finally sit down and start gambling, it can feel like a significant accomplishment.
This often results in games stalling and gambler’s rhythms being thrown off. Stopping every few seconds to correct someone or explain a basic gambling concept is aggravating beyond belief.
It might not be acceptable to demean beginners, but it’s frustrating enough to consider abandoning the seat you fought so hard to secure.
Ignoring Basic Gambling Rules and Etiquette
Everyone should familiarize themselves with the rules and etiquette of table games before traveling to the casino. It makes the gambling process go smoothly and deflects any sort of negative attention.
These basic rules and casino etiquette exist for a reason and should be followed without question.
Having said that, some gamblers don’t know about them and often commit harmless mistakes. When that happens, it’s often the dealer’s responsibility to make the gambler aware of their error.
But when these “harmless” mistakes continue to stack up, they can be hard to reconcile.
Nowadays, they involve someone refusing to stop looking at their phone at the table. On the surface, a dealer repeatedly chastising a player for peeking at their phone between hands might seem like an overreaction.
However, there have been several documented cases of gamblers disseminating information across the casino. That might not be what’s occurring, but it’s irritating to hear the dealer constantly having to reprimand discourteous gamblers.
Carrying Themselves Like Poker Professionals
Of all the sources of aggravation in this article, this one might be the most innocuous.
Many people have a certain idea of what a casino’s like, even if they’ve never stepped inside one. That mental image is often an amalgamation of things picked up on TV, in movies, and via conversations with gamblers.
Frankly speaking, my hypothesis of what a casino would like was completely inaccurate.
Can anyone honestly blame these wayward neophytes?
These issues genuinely lie in their handling of card games. I might have mentioned that it’s vital to take games seriously, but no one likes playing with the newbie who thinks they’re playing poker on ESPN.
Becoming an Emotional Wreck
For some reason, terrible gamblers are often prone to emotional outbursts. On the off-chance that things are going well, they struggle to keep their elation in check. Even worse, though, the frequent obscenities and chides spew forth like hot spring after losing their 10th bet in a row.
Playing next to bad gamblers who have no control of their emotional responses is one of the least pleasant experiences at a casino. It takes a lot of the enjoyment out of the experience and makes it hard for others to focus.
These situations are even more frustrating after considering that the gambler in question could avoid them if they would play better.
Outbursts are embarrassing for everyone involved. It’s a good rule of thumb that anyone who can’t conduct themselves responsibly probably shouldn’t be gambling in the first place.
Playing Against the Book in Blackjack
I often think that the world’s worst gamblers are drawn to blackjack tables like moths to a flame. It’s as if they walk into a casino and are incapable of resisting the allure of ruining other blackjack players’ nights.
Let’s get something straight here. The way other gamblers decide to approach blackjack doesn’t affect you in the slightest.
But for some reason, it’s quite difficult to ignore someone who seems to be intentionally playing blackjack the wrong way.
Whether they decide to split face cards, or make a habit of stealing the dealer’s bust card, several moves are incredibly frustrating. Even if you offer some much-needed, unsolicited advice to them, there’s little reason to expect them to take it.
Degrading Other Gamblers and Dealers
The worst kinds of gamblers in any casino is the one who thinks it’s appropriate to talk down the casino employees and other gamblers. With that being said, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter someone who does precisely that.
When a tablemate takes their bad mood and hostility out on an employee, it always makes for an uncomfortable situation.
On the one hand, it’s humorous to come across someone who honestly thinks that dealers have any control of the results. But on a more serious note, these situations rarely have a positive outcome.
Be a Better Casino Gambler
It’s always unfortunate to come across someone who is so repulsive that they deprive you of any sort of joy and entertainment. Hopefully, the types of behaviors addressed are a rarity.
On the plus side, it’s always possible to navigate your way around these sorts of scenarios. If someone is engaging in behavior that is impacting you, consider putting as much separation between them as possible.
However, if you notice that you often commit some of these transgressions, make arrangements to rectify these issues as soon as possible.