Things You Shouldn’t Take Into a Casino

Going to a casino can be a fun experience for anyone who enjoys the flashing lights, the pull of the slot machine lever and the thrill of winning big when those pictures line up. Of course, there is a risk involved, since this is gambling, and that could mean a loss of money. You should plan your trip ahead of time and be mindful of who and what you should leave home on a casino trip.

First off, while casinos love customers, it is essential that you don’t bring anyone under the age of 21 into a casino. Each casino has guards at the entrances who check IDs to make sure that everyone coming in is old enough. It’s important to have an official state-issued ID, either a driver’s license or photo ID, unless there is no possible way you could pass for younger than 21.


Another type of companion you should leave home is anyone with severe smoke sensitivities. While casinos have non-smoking sections, they generally are in the same room as the much larger smoking sections, so the smoke travels. It’s less intense in these areas, but individuals who spend a couple of hours in a semi-smoky “non-smoking” section are likely to leave the casino coughing, nauseated or both.

As far as supplies go, while you may want to commemorate your trip to the casino with a photo, casino owners don’t take kindly to these attempts at documentation, as it can be perceived as attempting to collect and sell company secrets or find ways of gaming the system. If you bring your camera along, it may be confiscated, especially if you pull it out and take a picture alongside the machines.

If you’re planning on browsing the ‘net at the casino, it’s best to think again, since laptops are generally considered suspicious to casino officials, who see them as aids to cheating. Besides, they’re very clunky to carry around all day.

Weapons of any kind are not allowed at casinos, where the high concentration of people could lead to great damage. Casino guards will not tolerate the presence of weapons on the premises, and if they find one on you, you will probably be asked to leave.

Finally, for your own sake, you should avoid bringing unlimited access to money to the casino. Your best bet is probably to leave the credit card at home or in a secure location in the hotel room if you are on vacation. Instead, bring a designated amount of cash – no more than you feel confident that you can afford to lose. It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a game at the casino, and you don’t want to invite financial ruin by betting too much money.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you are likely to have a much more positive casino experience. There’s no guarantee of getting a jackpot, but at least you will be allowed to stay long enough to have the chance to win.

Ernest Bushee