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Basic Principles of Roulette Etiquette

Last updated: 11.06.2023 by Andrew Shepard

There are certain respectabilities in any game where you play with other people against a real person. These are called “etiquette” and contrary to popular belief, they are not only valid in land-based casinos. Nowadays, thanks to live casino technology, there are many rules of conduct that you should pay attention to in online games, too. If you are playing RNG games, that is, trying your luck alone against the computer, these rules will of course not apply to you, but if you are playing against real dealers in land-based casinos or online casinos, you need to learn what the “etiquette” is, which means what the expected behaviour is from you. Here, we will talk about the basic roulette etiquette.

Roulette Etiquette in Land Based Casinos

You don't need to scatter your chips. Some roulette numbers are more popular than others: in one game, it is common to see five to six players betting on the “Red 7”, for example. All these players have to put their chips on Red 7, but while doing this, they try to place their chips separately from the others. Since the space of the Red 7's box is limited, a number of chips eventually accumulate on the table, overflowing into adjacent boxes. This makes the dealer's job harder and is not actually necessary. To avoid this problem, all players are given different coloured chips and they can all be placed on top of each other in the same box. Don't worry, no one will be confused about which bet belongs to whom.

Do not reach across the table. Do not reach across the table to collect your chips before a round starts or after it ends. As soon as the dealer announces the result, every player tries to collect their chips. Meanwhile, you'll see a lot of players leaning over the table trying to reach the other end with their arms. This is against roulette etiquette and may even result in the game being cancelled. If your chips are somewhere you can only reach in, ask the dealer to pick them up: that's why they have the stick.

Do not interfere with the table after a game starts. Do not touch the table in any way after the dealer says, “no more bets” (even if he has not yet started spinning the wheel). Do not put chips, do not place your hands on the table, or lean toward the table. This is not just a matter of etiquette: engaging in this behavior after a new round has started may result in the cancellation of that round.

Watch the marker. The dealer has a marker, usually made of brass. When the spin outcome is revealed, the dealer places this marker on top of the winning number. This essentially means “don't take your chips off the table, I'm still counting them.” So, you may have collected your chips in front of you, but don't try to pick them up as long as the marker is on the table. If a mistake has been made (for example, a player took more chips than he should have), it will be easy to correct it. Technically, payouts are not completed if the marker is on the table.

Roulette Etiquette in Live Dealer Games

Plan your bets in advance. In live roulette games, everyone has a certain amount of time to place new bets, and this is usually 10-20 seconds. But you do not need to wait until the end of this period: decide in advance which bet you will place so as not to slow down the pace of the game and not keep other players waiting. In order for you to place bets faster, remember that live games have features that allow you to save different bet types and place them with a single click.

Do not abuse the chat feature. In live games, you can chat with both the dealer and other players at that table. Remember that you are talking to real people: be polite, don't spam, and don't just write in capital letters. Be aware that players who act otherwise will be banned from the chat feature and may even have their casino accounts sanctioned.

Do not argue with the dealer. If you have a problem, do not engage in a one-on-one dialogue with the dealer: it is pointless. If you do this, you will not achieve any results and you will disturb the other players at the table. Live roulette games are also monitored by pit bosses. If you really have a problem, you can request it to be reviewed by the pit boss. When you do this, you exit the game and start talking to a dedicated support agent on a different screen: you're much more likely to solve your problem this way.

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