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The Royal Flushes on bad manners

25 May 2019

By Royal Flushes
CINDY: We were going to write about slot selection this issue, but we decided there was a more important category for our pens. That category is bad manners by casino players that can help take away the luster of casino playing.

ABBY: If you take even a superficial look at social media, you can see how adamant and obnoxious some people can be. Bad manners are rampant on these platforms, and sometimes you see just such bad manners when you are playing your favorite games.

CINDY: From the start, I will say that the overwhelming majority of casino players are polite to each other. Still, there shouldn’t be obnoxious players at all.

ABBY: None. Zip. Zero.

CINDY: What is the point of yelling at someone who makes a boneheaded play at blackjack, when even new players who have read a single book know that what someone does with his or her hand has nothing to do with what will happen to you?

ABBY: Players who claim they know what card is going to come up next are fooling themselves. Some will say, “See, you took the dealer’s bust card by hitting your hand.” Hey, fella…

CINDY: Or lady!

ABBY: If you know what’s coming next, let us all know before the dealer hits his hand! Then we can all win. But such critics of others’ play have no idea what’s going to happen. Even card counters aren’t exactly sure of what is coming up next. They base their decisions on statistics, while the rest of us should be playing basic strategy.

CINDY: Please, keep your mouths closed when your brains are thinking of criticizing others. Harping on them does not make players feel good or contribute to the fun of the game.

ABBY: You’ll get this at craps, too. Both of us like to take some care with our rolls. We can’t control the dice, but as Frank (Scoblete) has said, “style counts” —just like style in dress or how you dine. Careful rolls make it look as if you are at least attempting to win instead of just throwing the dice wildly. If you don’t want to take care with your rolls, then do it your way, but your way is not my way so don’t get on me when I do it my way.

CINDY: Craps is still a man’s game, and some men have no manners around women — or other men, for that matter. You sometimes wonder where they were trained. Didn’t Mom or Dad teach them how to behave when they are with other people?

ABBY: O.K., here is something else that bothers me. I don’t like people asking me how I am doing in the casino. “How you doing?” “Are you winning?” If I wanted to tell you, then you wouldn’t have to ask me. I like some privacy.

CINDY: I just tell those people that I am even. That doesn’t bother me so much. However, I don’t like people who shove the fact that they are winning in your face. “Ha! Ha! Look at how great I am!” It’s just luck. The gods are not in your corner, or you would never lose.

ABBY: Worse are players who whine and moan about losing as if any of us is hanging on whether they win or lose. I have seen some players throw fits at the tables and the machines when they are losing. If you can’t take the “downs” of playing, then maybe you should get another hobby.

CINDY: I do not care if people are cheering when a hot roll occurs at craps or when the dealer busts in blackjack or when they win in mini-baccarat. But at dinner in a good restaurant, do you have to be so loud? Your conversations aren’t all that interesting. Keep it down. I want to hear the conversation at my table.

ABBY: Finally, for me at least, I do not like smoke blown in my face. When you puff, can you please blow the smoke behind you and not at me?

CINDY: I still think casino players tend to smoke more than the regular population. I can’t prove that though.

ABBY: Just a little more care, and everyone can feel relaxed and enjoy the casino experience.

CINDY: That’s all we ask.
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