Casino 101 – For First Timers

95dcee93d3If you’ve never been to a casino before it’s understandable that you may be nervous about the experience. However, with a little know how, you’ll soon be blending in with the pros. If you don’t know the rules of the game there are often special tables for beginners and the well trained staff are more than willing to help. Follow the points below for a fun and enjoyable evening.

Membership and Restrictions

There’s no need to worry about signing up or becoming a member. Blackpool’s casinos don’t require membership, so anyone is free to come in and give it a go. That said, there are age limits within the casino. Strictly over eighteens only and no children are allowed. At Coral Island Casino, there are other arcades and attractions for kids, though they cannot accompany you into the casino. If you do bring your kids along, and still fancy some gambling, you can always try your luck in online casinos such as while the kids enjoy themselves.

Dress to Impress?

The casinos in Blackpool are not the formal, fancy places that require members to wear a tuxedo and bow tie. At the same time it’s not a good idea to wear tracksuit bottoms and your favourite football shirt. A fashionable pair of jeans, nice trainers and a shirt are more than acceptable – think smart casual. Hats are generally not allowed.

Food and Drinks

Feel free to eat and drink while playing, but don’t rest your glass or plate on the gaming table. Instead, small trolley tables are generally provided. Order from the waiting staff and use chips or cash to pay.


Don’t ask the dealer for advice on how to bet, but feel free to enquire as to the rules of the game. If you wish to just watch what’s going to happen, bear in mind that seats are reserved for players. Be aware of the surroundings, if it’s a busy period try not to ask the dealer too many questions. Phones and cameras are generally forbidden in the gaming areas.


These can be bought with cash from the dealer, though they must be cashed in at the cash desk when you’re ready to leave. The chips work as general currency throughout the casino.