Getting In & Around Casinos can be confusing places for the first-time visitor.
They tend to be large, open rooms full of people who seem to know exactly what they're doing, while you wander around lost.
Cameras hung from the ceiling watch your movements, and all the security guards, pit bosses, and dealers seem to be doing the same.
Worst of all, there are no signs, announcements, or tour guides to inform newcomers of the rules of behavior. All players must be at least 21 years of age with no exceptions.
If you're playing a slot with a child by your side, a security guard will quickly appear (dispatched by casino surveillance) and ask you to leave.
But you can walk through the casino with your youngster in tow; as long as you're on the move, you're OK.
Your personal electronic items are also frowned upon in the casino.
No electronics, including cell phones, can be used while seated at a casino game.
The thick walls of most large casinos block cell phone reception anyhow so you have to walk outside to get a dial tone.
In the sports book of the casino, pagers and cell phones cannot be used at all.
Casinos are traditionally camera-shy, but no longer as stringent about no-photography rules that for years protected players; management feared they would get up and leave if a camera was pointed their way.
Gambling is now more accepted as a mainstream pastime, and it's hard to separate the gaming floor from the public right-of-way in many a casino. Smokers, on the other hand, find casinos a welcome relief.